McDonalds Big Mac and Special Sauce

The Big Mac is perhaps the most iconic of the McDonald’s range, and you can reproduce the experience in your own kitchen with this amazingly accurate replica of the Burger and special sauce that helps define the Big Mac. These copycat Big Macs taste just like the originals, only infinitely better! Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. . . right out of your very own kitchen.

McDonalds Big Mac and Special Sauce
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For Big Mac Burger
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • 4 additional bottom halves of hamburger buns
  • Big Mac special sauce (see below)
  • 2 cups thinly shredded lettuce
  • 1 kg premium beef mince, split into 8 patties and grilled/cooked
  • 8 - 12 dill pickle slices
  • ¼ cup very finely diced white onion
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese (use the plastic wrapped pre-sliced cheese)
For Big Mac special sauce
  • ½ cup mayonaisse
  • 1½ tablespoons French dressing
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • ¾ tablespoon finely minced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt (⅛ teaspoon)
For Big Mac special sauce
  1. Stir all of the special sauce ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours (overnight if possible). Stir occasionally to blend the flavours. This recipe makes about ¾ cup
Getting the Big Mac started
  1. Toast the bun halves and keep warm
  2. Form the beef mince into eight thin patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grease a skillet with cooking oil and cook patties over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Remove from heat and keep warm.
To assemble your Big Mac
  1. Starting from the bottom: bottom bun, special sauce, sprinkling of finely diced white onion, shredded lettuce, cheese slice, hamburger patty , additional bottom bun, special sauce, a bit more finely diced white onion, shredded lettuce, 2 - 3 dill pickle slices, second hamburger patty, top bun.
We have seen some Aussie clones that suggest that the adding vegemite to the sauce helps to reproduce the original flavour but we didn't notice any improvement. We suggest that if you try this addition it should be done with caution - you can't undo it !
Another option is to use Thousand Island Dressing if you are really rushed and don't want to make the special sauce.

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