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McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe

It’s surprising how much controversy surrounds Big Mac Sauce, specifically when it comes to the ingredients. From what I’ve gathered, many agree that ketchup and French dressing have no place in the sauce – so here it goes. This homemade McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted!

What is Big Mac Sauce?

Big Mac Sauce was made by McDonald’s specifically for their Big Mac burger, composed of two beef patties stacked between three buns, topped with finely chopped onions, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, and the signature Big Mac Sauce; this sauce has a uniquely sweet and tangy flavor that perfectly complements the sandwich.

Fun fact, Reader’s Digest suggests that in the original 1968 advertisements for the Big Mac, the delicious sauce carried the name ‘secret sauce.’ It wasn’t until 1974 it was officially introduced with the iconic name it has today through a catchy jingle. 

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Mayonnaise: Use a high-quality mayonnaise as the base for the sauce, aka Duke’s Mayonnaise (I live in North Carolina); use light or low-fat mayonnaise if you prefer a healthier version, but it may alter the taste and texture slightly.
  • Mustard: Yellow mustard works best, but use Dijon or whole-grain mustard for a bit of a twist.
  • Sweet Pickle Relish: Although it’s more readily available, refrain from the temptation of using dill relish; it will alter the flavor of the sauce. Instead, use sweet pickle relish! It is essential to creating our McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce recipe. You can still make a substitute if you don’t have sweet relish by mincing sweet pickles and adding 1-2 tablespoons of brine.
  • Vinegar: I love distilled white vinegar in the sauce, but you can also use white wine vinegar.
  • Spices: Finish our McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce recipe with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and a hint of turmeric.
  • Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum thickens the sauce, but leave it out if you prefer.

How to Make Our McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.

The ingredients for our McDonald's Big Mac Sauce Recipe in a small bowl.

Step 2: Whisk to incorporate. If you want a smoother sauce, you can use an immersion blender.

The ingredients for our McDonald's Big Mac Sauce Recipe combined in a small bowl.

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How to Use the Sauce

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Here’s a pro tip for making the dip last longer – instead of dipping directly into the container, I recommend scooping out the amount you want or pouring it into a separate bowl. That way, you can keep your dip fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is McDonald’s Big Mac sauce made of?

A McDonald’s executive chef released a video sharing all the secrets for making Big Mac at home, including a basic recipe for the sauce using simple pantry ingredients. His sauce includes mayonnaise, mustard, sweet relish, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. 

Although his recipe is simple and delicious, I prefer the sauce with the addition of distilled white vinegar, sugar, and turmeric, as is reflected in our McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe.

Is Big Mac sauce thousand island dressing?

McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce does contain ingredients that are commonly found in Thousand Island dressing. However, the major difference is the exclusion of ketchup or tomatoes in the Big Mac sauce.

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Mcdonald’s Big Mac Sauce Recipe

Tressa Jamil
Creamy mayonnaise, sweet relish, mustard, and spices make our copycat McDonald's Big Mac Sauce recipe – you won't notice the difference!
4 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 245 kcal
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sweet gherkins relish
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk to incorporate. If you want a smoother sauce, you can use an immersion blender.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Serving: 3 Tablesoons | Calories: 245 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 14 mg | Sodium: 810 mg | Potassium: 60 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 7 IU | Calcium: 1 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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Recipe Rating


Friday 26th of May 2023

Game changer sauce. I love it!

Amanda Reynolds

Friday 26th of May 2023

Wow, this copycat Big Mac Sauce recipe is LEGIT! Tasted just like the real deal. Thanks for cracking the code!