McDonald's Big Mac Sauce


McDonald's Big Mac Sauce

This fast food classic comes from a McDonald's Manager's Handbook published in the late 1960s. The chain has since replaced the sauce with the more well-known "secret sauce," which makes this recipe for McDonald's Big Mac Sauce even more special. It's made with an odd mix of ingredients, but they taste surprisingly well together. As long as you're making your own sauce, you might as well make your own burgers, too. Heck, why don't you throw a barbecue and invite the neighbors.


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Preparation Time1 hr


  • 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Wishbone French salad dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon Heinz sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons Vlasic dill pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix everything very well in a small container.
  2. Microwave 25 seconds, and stir well again.
  3. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using (to allow all of the flavors to "meld").

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This sauce does sound like it would be really yummy. I am not sure that I would go as far as to called it "Big Mac Sauce" though. I have had quite a few friends work for McDonalds over the years and they all say that you can just use Thousand Island Dressing as the sauce. That is all I have ever done at home and I find that it taste pretty darn close. I believe you can buy the sauce in grocery stores now so you can eliminate the problem all together! Lol.

I have a copycat cookbook with a recipe for Big Macs and it just says to use Thousand Island dressing. That is what I used and it tastes like the sauce to me. So much easier than mixing all these ingredients together. Especially when I would only be buying them to make this.

The dressing is good, but not really similar to Big Mac sauce. Most "special sauces" are usually just 1000 Island dressing!

I worked for M'ds for a good many years. And there sace was 1000 Island salad dressing.

Thanks for posting this so I didn't have to ;) Among commercially bottled Thousand Islands, my personal opinion is that Ken's mimics McDonald's "special sauce" the best.

You might as well make a double or triple batch. I made a single batch then a double. All gone. This is the only recipe you need to try.

Why can't you people figure out a proper format for printing out a recipe so that the recipe prints only on one page....Instead of having to print out and waste an extra sheet of paper for every recipe printed. You are the only recipe site that has this problem!! J. A. Marsella

Julio: Try cut-and-pasting into your own favorite word processor format. Then you can fu.....errrr, mess with the format all you like to make it fit on one page :)


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