Big Mac Sauce


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Creamy and decadent, this homemade Big Mac sauce is the recreation of one of McDonald’s signature condiments. Made with simple ingredients, it tastes exactly the same! 

big mac sauce.

If you’ve made healthy burgers or turkey burgers, you’ll be familiar with Big Mac sauce. Also known as burger sauce, it’s the reason these burgers taste so darn delicious, and it’s so easy to make. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make Big mac sauce
  4. Ways to use it
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More delicious sauces to try
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Big Mac Sauce (McDonald’s Copycat) Recipe

Why this recipe works

As the classic Big Mac is a family favorite, it’s a no-brainer that we make the signature element of it, the sauce, at home. We pretty much add it to everything and have no doubt that it will be a staple for you too!

  • It’s ready in seconds. All you do is add everything into a bowl, mix it together, and enjoy. 
  • Tastes like McDonald’s. Even die-hard fans can’t taste the difference between this homemade version and the classic from the golden arches! 
  • Easy to customize. If you love some spice or want the sauce a little sweeter, you can adjust it to suit your taste buds. 

Ingredients needed

You don’t need any special ingredients to make this recipe. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise provides a creamy base. You can also use a homemade mayo
  • Pickle relish. A key ingredient in the burger sauce. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce and creates a nice texture. If you don’t like sweet pickle relish, use dill pickle relish or gherkin relish instead. 
  • White vinegar. A small amount of white vinegar added to the sauce will brighten up all flavors and make them come together nicely. I prefer using white vinegar for a more delicate flavor. 
  • Mustard. Mustard is another key ingredient that you shouldn’t skip out on. Use yellow mustard as it is perfectly creamy and relatively mild. 
  • Smoked paprika. A little smokiness is what you need to bring all the tart, tangy, sweet, and savory flavors together. 

How to make Big mac sauce

Like any good sauce recipe, all you do is mix everything together and use it immediately. It comes together in seconds, so don’t even think about buying the pre-made kind.

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until fully combined. 

Transfer the sauce to a serving dish or store it in the fridge for later use.

how to make big mac sauce.

Ways to use it

We obviously love to use it in our burgers (like air fryer hamburgers or a ground chicken burger!) but here are some other fun ways to use it.

Stick to basics like French fries or sweet potato fries, or go for diner-style potato wedges.

This sauce is great in sandwiches too, like a club, roast beef, or spicy chicken sandwich.

You can also use it as a salad dressing, too! Thin out the sauce and use it in any green salad or orzo salad.

Storage instructions

  • To store: Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two weeks.
  • To freeze: Place the sauce in a shallow container or glass jar and store it in the freezer for up to two months. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is big Mac sauce just thousand island?

No, the Big Mac sauce is not the same as thousand island dressing. It is thicker, creamier, and less tangy.

Can you buy this sauce bottled?

At this stage, McDonald’s has not released any of their sauces for purchase.

Big mac sauce calories

There are 40 calories in each two-tablespoon serving of burger sauce.

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Big Mac Sauce (McDonald’s Copycat)

5 from 22 votes
The Big Mac sauce recipe is a beloved and iconic condiment that tastes exactly like the one from McDonald's!
Servings: 24 servings
Prep: 1 min
Cook: 1 min
Total: 2 mins


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the ingredients until combined.
  • Transfer the sauce into a serving dish and use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


TO STORE: Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two weeks.
TO FREEZE: Place the sauce in a shallow container or glass jar and store it in the freezer for up to two months.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 1gFat: 4.7gSodium: 119mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.05mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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