Sunday, April 18, 2021

Big Mac Sauce

Big Mac Sauce is purely irresistible. It is so creamy and tangy, I had to have it at home! Whip up a batch today using simple ingredients and spices.

This Big Mac sauce recipe has just the right amount of tang and zip to dress up grilled burgers and a variety of vegetables. You can even use it as a dip for your fries.

In fact, we couldn’t even taste the difference when doing a side-by-side comparison of ours and the real thing.

And unlike the fast food version, it’s completely gluten-free! Making it yourself gives you control over the ingredients, so a few substitutions will let you create an egg-free or dairy-free version as well.

Looking for more restaurant copycat sauces and spreads? I’ve got you covered! Enjoy Applebee’s Queso Blanco, Chipotle Guacamole, and even Olive Garden Italian Dressing with your own home-cooked meals.
Big Mac Sauce Recipe

How To Make Big Mac Sauce From Scratch

Just mix everything together and you’re done - it’s that simple!

I do recommend letting it sit covered in the refrigerator for a few hours before using it. This gives all of the ingredients time to meld together, resulting in a bolder overall flavor.

This homemade version is so much healthier than the original recipe which contains a variety of additives and preservatives. You can find a complete list of ingredients for the McDonald’s recipe here if you would like to compare.
Big Mac Sauce Recipe Ingredients


Want a different consistency?
Make a few simple adjustments depending on how you like it or if you want to use this as a dip or salad dressing instead.

  • Thicker: Decrease the mayo and add some additional sour cream.
  • Thinner: Leave out the sour cream entirely.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Mixing Bowl - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons - Seasoned cooks may try to eyeball the amounts, but I recommend using the proper tools or it won’t taste quite right.
Homemade big mac sauce in a bowl

Assembling A Big Mac Hamburger

You’ve already come this far - why not build the whole thing while you’re at it? According to the McDonald’s website, here is the proper order of ingredients:

  • Bottom bun
  • Big Mac sauce
  • Diced onions
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • American cheese
  • Ground beef patty
  • Bottom bun number two
  • Another round of sauce
  • More onion
  • Lettuce too
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • A second ground beef patty
  • Finally, top with a sesame seed bun!
Big Mac Sauce

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Is Big Mac sauce the same as Thousand Island dressing?

Although it is similar, it is not the same. I find that this has a tangier flavor than Thousand Island dressing does.

How long does homemade Big Mac sauce last in the refrigerator?

When kept in a sealed jar or container, it should be good for up to 1 week. Be sure to give it a good stir before each use.

The color changed - is that normal?

Yes! The longer it sits, the darker the color will become because it contains turmeric. It’s still safe to eat and the difference in color won’t affect the overall flavor.
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Big Mac Sauce Recipe next to a big mac

Yield: makes 1 3/4 cups
Author: Donna Elick
Big Mac Sauce

Big Mac Sauce

Big Mac Sauce is purely irresistible. It is so creamy and tangy, I had to have it at home! Whip up a batch today using simple ingredients and spices.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons French/Catalina dressing
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons classic yellow mustard (the condiment)
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or overnight to bring out the flavors. Spread as a condiment on hamburgers, or enjoy as desired!

Big Mac Sauce
Originally published April 2021

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