McDonald's iconic Big Mac is the ultimate fast food burger with its double beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and sesame seed bun. Since its debut in 1967, many will say that the magic in the legendary Big Mac is within the special sauce - the Big Mac sauce!



  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  1. In a medium bowl, add the mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Whisk until smooth. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. Spread the sauce on burgers, salads, sloppy joe's, or use as a tangy dip.


  • medium bowl
  • whisk

What's In Big Mac Sauce?

glass ramekin filled with mayonnaise

The ingredients for McDonald's Big Mac sauce is available to the public on their website. Unfortunately, reading their list of ingredients and coming up with a Big Mac sauce recipe yourself may not be that simple.

Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Sweet Relish (Diced Pickles, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Corn Syrup, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Chloride, Spice Extractives), Water, Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Spices, Onion Powder, Salt, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Sugar, Caramel Color, Turmeric, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin.

If you're like most, you've probably heard through the grapevine that Big Mac sauce is simply Thousand Island or French dressing. We're here to debunk those rumors. Although both Thousand Island and French dressing will achieve similar results in both color and flavor to that of the Big Mac sauce, the dressings have an added ingredient that Big Mac Sauce does not have - ketchup.

According to McDonald's Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut, to make a simple homestyle Big Mac sauce, all you'll need are simple ingredients that may already be available to you in your kitchen. If you have the following in ingredients, you're all set; mayonnaise, yellow mustard, pickle relish, white wine vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Chef Coudreaunt explains that the paprika is not only for flavor, but it also adds a touch of color to your delicious creamy sauce.

What Should You Put Big Mac Sauce On?

big mac sloppy joes
Brittany Baxter

Big Mac sauce is creamy and delicious. This sweet, tangy sauce will compliment almost any savory appetizer or entree. Try one or all of these delicious meal-time suggestions.

Big Mac Sloppy Joe's

A unique twist on traditional the sloppy joe will have this week-night pick put an end to your evening trips to the fast-food drive-thru. Big Mac sloppy joe's are smothered in creamy Big Mac sauce, melted cheddar cheese, and topped with shredded lettuce on a toasted sesame seed bun.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Big Mac sauce (see above recipe above)
  • 1 cup yellow onions, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5-6 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat. Crumble the beef as it cooks.
  • Once the beef is cooked, drain the grease from the pan. Return the beef to the stove, and reduce the heat to medium. Add the Big Mac sauce, stir until the ground beef is well coated. Add the onions and stir. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Place the hamburger buns on a baking sheet Toast in the preheated oven for 4-6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, add the cheddar cheese to the ground beef mixture. Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Remove the buns from the oven, and spoon the beef mixture over the bottom buns. Sprinkle with shredded lettuce and cover with the top bun. Enjoy.

Big Mac Clone

big mac clones

Prepare your Big Mac sauce for an attempt at the Big Mac Clone! Make your own with two juicy beef patties, triple buns, and special sauce!

Air Fryer Copycat McDonald's Fries

air fryer mcdonalds fries
Brittany Baxter

Dunk some addicting air fryer copycat McDonald's fries in your homestyle Big Mac sauce for a savory combo!

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