Big Mac Burger

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Hey again, friends! It’s Liz from Love Grows Wild, and I am bursting-at-the-seams excited to share this recipe with you today! First, let’s play a little game and see if you can guess what recipe I have up my sleeve…

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

Did you guess it?? Today I’m sharing an epic recipe for a Big Mac Burger! I don’t know about you, but even though I try to eat healthy most of the time, I still love to indulge in a big, stacked Big Mac every now and again, and I love the idea of re-creating that famous burger at home. It took a couple tries to get the special sauce juuuuuust right, but I think I’ve got it down, and I think you’re going to love it!

Big Mac Burger on white plate with fresh fries on the side.

Big Mac Burger with french fries in a red basket.


This Big Mac Burger is extra meaty with a delicious special sauce, just like the original! | Recipe by Love Grows Wild via The Recipe Critic

Big Mac Burger

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The perfect Big Mac Burger with a delicious special sauce!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 8 sesame seed buns 2 bottoms and 1 top per burger
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • white onion finely diced
  • Iceberg lettuce thinly shredded
  • dill pickle slices

Special Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


To make the special sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Chill in the refrigerator several hours before serving.
  • Season the ground beef with salt and pepper (or other seasonings as desired) and place on a cutting board. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the beef and roll out to about 1/4" thickness. Cut the beef into 8 round, thin patties using a biscuit cutter or the top of a cup, and cook the patties on a grill or in a skillet until cooked through.

To assemble the burgers:

  • Add the following ingredients, working from the bottom up: bottom bun, special sauce, onion, lettuce, beef patty, cheese, pickles, bottom bun, special sauce, onion, lettuce, beef patty, pickles, top bun.


Serves: 4

Calories871kcal (44%)Carbohydrates45g (15%)Protein37g (74%)Fat59g (91%)Saturated Fat19g (95%)Cholesterol133mg (44%)Sodium1079mg (45%)Potassium518mg (15%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar8g (9%)Vitamin A324IU (6%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium392mg (39%)Iron6mg (33%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword big mac burger, burger recipes, hamburger recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This sauce is delicious! I’ve never had a big mac so I can’t compare the two, but there’s no need when I can make my own yummy sauce! Thanks always ?

  2. The sauce recipes here are fine but I am pretty sure I taste a hint of horseradish in the Real Special sauce. Adding that to the recipes I see would be fine.

  3. Really taste the sauce from the restaurant. Taste it and let your breath out your nose to taste the back flavors. You will taste a hint of horseradish. I put a little in and it nails the taste.

  4. I came to your blog through Mollys Soup Blog. Read almost all your posts. How can I subscribe to your monthly subscription to get updates on the latest posts.

  5. Made this for my family tonight it was amazing thank you for your amazing recipe look forward to see a cook book from you

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  7. Actually the secret sauce is nothing more than Thousand Island dressing. It came in #10 cans. The onions are nothing more than reconstituted dried minced onion bits. And the burgers were frozen which were shipped in from another country most of the time. Also a lot of Mc D’s are using halal fish and meats now. I suggest you look up halal to find out how the product you are eating is processed. But only if you don’t have a weak stomach. Butterball turkeys are now halal …stay away from those as well.

  8. I’m going to try this next weekend! In Layton there is a Franz bakery outlet type store and they have big mac style buns with the middle piece in it. I accidentally got them last time I was there. I will go back and see if they still have them.

  9. Made these tonight, my husband loved them, said they were better than a Big Mac, which we do not eat anymore! Recipe going in the keep pile.

  10. This is a fabulous burger! I made one Big Mac for my son (it was his birthday), and single patty burgers for the rest of the family.I used sharp cheddar cheese instead of the American, and I used homemade hamburger buns. My mom said it was the best burger she has ever had. Thanks so much!

  11. Here is a better sauce. That tastes EXACTLY like Mickey Dee’s. After making, let it chill for a few hours so the flavors are developed. I triple this recipe for “burger night”

    1/2 cup Mayo (NOT miracle whip!)
    2 Tblspns bottled French dressing
    4 teaspns sweet pickle relish
    1 Tblspn finely minced white onion
    1 teaspn white vinagar
    1 teaspn sugar
    1/8 Teaspn salt
    Just as an fyi, Mickey Dee’s uses reconstituted dried chopped onion on their burgers..Yuk.

  12. Liz, loving the secret sauce action you have going on with this burger! I think I may be the only one that has never tried a Big Mac… but, I will tell you that this is definitely going to be on the menu from my own kitchen! Great creation, pinned!

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