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BEST Big Mac Sauce

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Look no further for the BEST Big Mac Sauce recipe!  Wonderfully creamy with the perfect balance of sweet tanginess, this world famous sauce is perfect slathered on your burgers or used for dipping fries, onions rings and much more!

And if you’re a fan of homemade condiments like I am you’ll also want to try our Tartar Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Sweet and Sour Sauce and Yum Yum Sauce!

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Making your own homemade Big Mac Sauce couldn’t be any simpler.  There’s no cooking required, there’s virtually no prep work,  and the only chopping or slicing involved is simply mincing a bit of onion.  All you have to do is add all the ingredients in a bowl, stir to combine, and that’s it!  This homemade Big Mac Sauce keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge so you can have it on hand whenever that McDonald’s Special Sauce craving comes a-calling!

What is Big Mac Sauce?

With roughly 34,000 restaurants serving nearly 70 million people every day in 118 countries, McDonald’s has certainly made its mark on the world.  And no item on its menu is more iconic than the Big Mac that comes slathered with their popular “special sauce,” a sauce made with mayonnaise, pickles, onions, mustard and spices. It shares some similarities with Thousand Island Dressing but has a personality of its own.

Unfortunately the commercially available stuff is packed to the brim with junk ingredients that are as difficult to pronounce as they are to digest.  But now you can make your own homemade Big Mac Sauce without the junk ingredients and chances are you already have everything you need in your pantry!

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Big Mac Sauce Ingredients

Although it’s also called secret sauce, we’re revealing that secret right here, right now.  Big Mac Sauce contains only a few ingredients:  Mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, onion, mustard, white vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika.  Optional:  For some added flavor I like to add some ketchup.  For a smoky flavor variation you can add a dash of barbecue sauce.

How to Use It

Beyond its classic application as a burger sauce there are numerous other ways you can use it. Here are just a few ideas:

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Big Mac Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started!

To make this sauce simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, preferably overnight to allow the flavors enough time to meld.

combining the ingredients in a bowl

Store your sauce covered in the fridge where it will keep for up to 2 weeks.  Give it a shake before serving.


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For more delicious homemade sauces be sure to try our:

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BEST Big Mac Sauce

Wonderfully creamy with the perfect balance of sweet tanginess, this world famous sauce is perfect slathered on your burgers or used for dipping fries, onions rings and more!
5 from 248 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course condiment, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 68 kcal


  • 1/2 cup quality mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish (you can also use sweet pickle relish and omit the granulated sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup , or barbecue sauce for a smoky flavor variation
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Place all of the ingredients in bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Shake or stir before serving. Will keep for up to 2 weeks. Makes approximately 3/4 cup of sauce.



Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 178mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 47IUIron: 1mg
Keyword Big Mac Sauce, Special Sauce
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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet June 9, 2020

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Recipe Rating

5 from 248 votes (181 ratings without comment)


  1. This is my second time making this big mac sauce and I neglected to comment after the first time. But I wanted to let you know that the whole family loved it on their burgers, so much so that they requested it again and I’m sure this won’t be the last time :)

  2. This is the second sauce of yours that I’ve made. The first one was the yum yum sauce and now this. Both sauces were A++. Really enjoyed them both.

  3. Growing up my parents didn’t let us eat a lot of fast food but there were those rare occasions when they’d let us eat McDonald’s and we always eagerly ate those Big Macs. I’ve no doubt the fast food version of this Big Mac sauce is full of all kinds of incomprehensible ingredients and I love how that this sauce tastes like the real thing (even better in my opinion!) and has such a short, clean list of ingredients. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Terrific sauce. I added some hot sauce because I like a bit of heat, otherwise made it as written.

  5. Delicious! I made the recipe as written but subbed out the paprika for some smoked paprika just to give it a bit of smokiness for my burgers. It was awesome, great sauce.

  6. This is so spot on, my kids absolutely love this sauce. A real winner, thank you for sharing this.

  7. Thank you for this, I just made the sauce and Im trying it on a taco big mac burger!! I was wondering have you ever made Hungarian Goulash?

      1. What a refreshing change to have someone actually sharing a flawless Hungarian goulash recipe and not some unrecognisable abomination. All praise!

  8. Big Mac Sauce perfection! I found myself heaping probably a little too much of this on my burger tonight, haha. It’s so good though I couldn’t help myself. Two thumbs up!

  9. This was superb. We served it with our burgers and our daughter who won’t eat burgers loved it as a dipping sauce for her fries.

  10. This was so delish and brought back memories of the days I used to indulge in a Big Mac from time to time. We had some beautiful weather today and decided to grill some burgers. I found your recipe and decided to make some of this big mac sauce to go with our burgers. Everyone LOVED it and insisted it become a regular from now on!