Make our McDonald’s Big Mac and Special Sauce Copycat Recipes at home tonight for your family. With our Secret Restaurant Recipe for the REAL special sauce your Big Mac will taste just like McDonalds’.

With the Big Mac it’s all about the special sauce.

It’s that special sauce that sets it apart from other burgers.

Without the sauce it’s just any ol’ double-decker burger.

Get the sauce right and pretty much any burger will taste like a Big Mac.

Below is a video recipe from McDonald’s Canada that we feel comes very close to the taste of McDonald’s Secret Sauce.

As the chef in the video below says, the recipe is all over the web, and there are many, many recipes attempts for the secret sauce. Many people claim it is just Thousand Island. While in the broad sense of the term, this is true (The restaurant industry’s definition of 1000 Island is – in a few words – tartar sauce with tomato sauce) there is no store bought 1000 Island that tastes quite right. There is something else in there.

That “something else” is what has been debated so heatedly on the web. Many recipes on the web add a bit of French Dressing. Others call for Fresh Onions. Still others, a touch of Sugar.

We found one that we like that comes pretty close — “straight from the horse’s mouth” so to speak.

McDonald’s Special Sauce Recipe


Here is a list of the ingredients mentioned in the video.

You’re going to have to play around with the amounts in the secret sauce a little. In our experiments we got different results with different brands of mayo, relish and mustard. If you get a good recipe with SPECIFIC brands please leave a comment and let us all know.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika

McDonald’s Big Mac Recipe

Here are your other ingredients to make a big Mac, straight from the 1970’s!

“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun!”

If you remember that, you are as old as we are.  🙂

Here is a a more detailed order of assembly for you Big Mac.  (Note that the video above does also contain a description of this assembly.)

From bottom to top:

  1. Bottom Bun
  2. Special Sauce
  3. Pinch of minced fresh Onions
  4. Shredded Lettuce
  5. 2 Dill Pickles
  6. Slice of American Cheese
  7. Burger Patty (Note – Watch the video for preparation of the burger — though to be honest, it is just a thin burger patty.)
  8. Middle bun (Note – use the bottom bun from another bun in the pack if you can’t find Triple-Layer buns at the store.)
  9. Special Sauce
  10. Pinch of minced fresh Onions
  11. Shredded Lettuce
  12. 2 Dill Pickles
  13. Burger Patty
  14. Top Bun

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Photo of Big Mac is by dzsimbo and is used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) License. Portions of this recipe were researched at Wiki-How – Additional Information Courtesy of Wikipedia and is used by permission.

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