The McDonald’s Big Mac burger is arguably the most famous burger that has ever existed. If you say “Big Mac”, everyone will know exactly what you are talking about. Their mouth starts watering, craving the juicy patties, the toasted bun, the perfectly melted cheese slice, but most of all, that out-of-this-world Big Mac Sauce.
It all started in 1967 when the Big Mac made its debut in Pennsylvania selling for 45 cents. Its direct competition was the Big Boy hamburger from the Big Boy restaurant franchise. It actually had two other names prior to “Big Mac” that didn’t fare so well amongst consumers. Luckily Esther Glickstein Rose came up with the new and improved name. In 2007 it was recorded that 560 million Big Macs are sold each year in the United States alone.
The special Big Mac sauce is not really a secret. The list of ingredients has been out there for quite some time. The base consists of mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, vinegar, yellow mustard, garlic and onion powder and paprika. The ketchup you find in most of the recipes is to give it that pink color.
This recipe doesn’t require a lot of work, but the sauce needs to rest in the fridge for a while so definitely plan ahead. This Big Mac recipe will be a hit amongst your guests and served with crispy hot skinny fries and an ice-cold soda, it will feel like a true take-out experience.
How To Make McDonald’s Big Mac Recipe
Make the sauce a day ahead. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
Divide your ground beef into 12 evenly sized balls and shape them into thin, large patties. Season them on both sides and place in a hot pan. Fry for about 3-5 minutes per side or until fully cooked. Before removing them from the heat, add a cheese slice and allow it to melt.
Butter your buns on the inside and toast them in a pan until they start becoming golden.
To assemble the Big Mac, place the sauce on the buttered sides of all the buns. On all the bottom halves, layer the onions, pickles, lettuce and lastly the patties. Place the two halves on top of each other and finish off by placing a lid on the stack.
Serve with hot French fries and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Pre-made patties usually already have seasoning in them so it is highly recommended making your own patties at home.
- You can also toast the hamburger buns in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes. Make sure you check them often as they can burn quickly.
- You can use the leftover buns to make croutons or garlic bread.
The copycat McDonald’s Big Mac is truly a burger that brings people together. It has such sentimental value connected to it that you would want one every day if you could. It is easy to make at home and you can even turn it into an activity with family or friends.
A burger with the perfect balance between savory and sweet and the perfect combination of textures. It is a recipe that has been perfected since 1967 so that you wouldn’t want to change anything.
I am truly loving it!