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Real Food Fast: Homemade Big Mac Recipe with Secret Sauce

Just like the fast food classic, our Big Mac recipe is made with two thin beef patties, topped with cheese, diced onions and pickles, then drenched in our secret sauce. Using all quality, real food ingredients, this burger is even better than the original.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Food + Drink, Main
Cuisine: Comfort
Keyword: big mac copycat, big mac recipe, how to make a big mac
Author: Chef Sous Chef


  • Secret Sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp minced white onion
  • 1 tbsp minced dill pickle
  • Burgers
  • ¾ lb ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ small white onion finely diced
  • 1 large dill pickle thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 buns sliced in three
  • ½ cup green lettuce thinly sliced
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese


  • No. 1 | Make the special sauce by mixing together the mayo, ketchup and 1 tablespoon each of the diced onion and diced pickles. 
  • No. 2 | Preheat a large skillet to medium high heat. Divide the beef into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a tight ball. Place each piece of beef between two sheets of parchment and flatten into 4 inch rounds. They should be no more than ¼ inch thick.
  • No. 3 | Once the pan begins to smoke, generously season each patty with salt and pepper. Sear the patties for one minute, then flip, add the slice of cheese and cover for one minute. Remove the patties to rest on a plate.
  • No. 4 |  To assemble, spread one tablespoon of special sauce on each slice of bun. Place a handful of lettuce on the bottom and middle slices, then top with the burger patties. Sprinkle a tsp of diced onion and 3 slices of pickle on top. Gently place the finished middle bun on the finished bottom, cover with the top bun and devour.



If you like your bun toasted, make it extra crispy by spreading mayo on the buns before toasting on a skillet.