Say goodbye to mediocre burger sauces and embrace the bigger and bolder flavors of Homemade Big Mac Sauce. This sauce is the ultimate upgrade, adding a delicious punch to your burgers that will leave your family and friends asking for more.
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Better Than Big Mac Sauce
If you’re a fan of the iconic Big Mac burger from a certain fast-food chain, then get ready to take your burger game to the next level. While copycat recipes are great, I’m here to share with you a homemade Big Mac sauce that goes beyond imitation.
This sauce boasts bigger, bolder flavors that will elevate your burger experience and leave you craving more. With its creamy texture, tangy undertones, and a hint of sweetness, your burgers will never be the same again. (Seriously my oldest son expects this on every burger we make now, there is no going back.)
What makes this recipe in particular better than original Big Mac sauce. Honestly most of it has to do with the pickles. Most of the copy cat Big Mac sauce recipes you see contain sweet relish, and honestly it is way too sweet. A simple switch to dill pickles packs a whole new level of flavor that you didn’t realize the sauce was missing until you try it this way.
Honestly I got the idea to switch out the sweet relish for dill pickles after getting a Big Mac copycat burger at a local brewery. Honestly the burger was 1,000 times better than the famous chain restaurant and the biggest thing I noticed was that the sauce had much more flavor.
Well I got to work at home trying a few different versions. The biggest things that sets this recipe apart is the lack of sugar and sweet relish. Trust me you don’t need it.
And to those now doubting if this even will taste like the beloved Big Mac Sauce, I stick to a lot of the original recipe using mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire and more. But we just elevate it.
So let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to create a sensational sauce that will make your burgers truly unforgettable.
- Mayonnaise – The base of the sauce is mayonnaise.
- Ketchup – A lot of traditional Big Mac recipes don’t actually include ketchup. I thought it felt needed through, it brings a certain sweetness and flavor to the sauce that I think it much needed.
- Dijon Mustard – Of course this burger sauce needs some mustard.
- Dill Pickle Chips – The biggest difference that sets this sauce apart and makes it better than regular Big Mac sauce it using dill pickles instead of sweet relish. You will want the circle/oval dill pickle chips that you can find at your local grocery store.
- Worcestershire Sauce – The sauce with so much flavor it has no great substitutes, Worcestershire sauce. A little bit of this is used for that perfectly seasoned sauce.
- Lemon Juice – Of course to counter some of the other ingredients some acid is needed, the lemon adds that acid without being overpowering.
- Garlic – A little garlic goes a long way in this recipe, feel free to use 2 cloves of garlic if you really love garlic but note that it might overpower the rest of the sauce if you use more.
- Paprika – Paprika is a classic affection to Big Mac sauce, it helps with the flavor as well as the taste.
- Salt – I suggest adding any salt at the end. With all of the other salty ingredients that goes into the sauce you might notice you don’t even want any salt. So once the sauce is blended together go ahead and taste the sauce and see if you need to add salt.
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender (single serve size works best). Blend everything until smooth, add salt to taste. Keep covered in the refrigerator.
- Classic Big Mac Burger: Spread a generous amount of your homemade sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. Layer it with two all-beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions. Repeat the layers, and top it off with another dollop of sauce. Enjoy the taste explosion with each satisfying bite.
- Crispy Chicken Patty with a Twist: Take your crispy chicken sandwiches to new place by slathering your homemade sauce on a chicken patty with a bun. Add some crisp lettuce, tomato slices, and a slice of melted cheese. Your taste buds won’t know what hit them!
- Zesty Black Bean Burger: For the vegetarian option, make Grilled Black Bean Burgers. Smother it with your Big Mac sauce, and top it with fresh avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Bite into this flavor-packed burger that will satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
- Dip All The Things: So I always serve myself extra sauce on the side for dipping my fries, trust me it is a must do! It would be equal as good as a dipping sauce for onion rings and tater tots as well.
- Big Mac Salad: Crumble up some ground beef, add some lettuce to a bowl. Add the ground beef, onion, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, pickles, and the Big Mac Sauce on top. Mix everything together for the best salad ever. (P.S. This is a great one to do when you have leftover sauce after serving burgers.)
tips, tricks and questions
Is Big Mac sauce just Thousand Island?
Although Big Mac Sauce is similar to Thousand Island Dressing, there are slight differences. One of the differences is that Big Mac Sauce contains mustard and garlic.
Don’t have a blender OR you want it chunkier?
If you prefer to not have the sauce smooth like the original or you don’t have a blender. Simply mince the pickles and garlic, then site everything together by hand.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 4-5 dill pickle chips
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cloves garlic
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Salt to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender (single serve size works best). Blend everything until smooth, add salt to taste. Keep covered in the refrigerator.
Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 329mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
Nutritional data is automated and might not be 100% accurate, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.