Big Mac Sauce

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Skip the drive-through and make this homemade Big Mac Sauce to level up your burgers. This McDonald’s copycat recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients to give you a creamy, tangy, and delicious burger sauce.

Homemade big mac on parchment paper.

The one thing that makes McDonald’s Big Mac so special is definitely the Big Mac Sauce. Unlike my burger sauce which uses ketchup, today’s sauce is made with creamy mayo, sweet relish, mustard, vinegar, and a combination of delicious seasonings. You’ll always want to have this homemade version on hand!

Like all our homemade sauce recipes, this one is easy to make and customize. It already has all the flavors of McDonald’s special sauce but you can adjust the seasonings to make it more personalized.

Once you create your perfect ratio, you’ll want to use this sauce for everything from burgers to fries to onion rings. But if you prefer, you can stick to our fry sauce, comeback sauce, or chicken nugget dipping sauce for everything besides the burger.

What is the Big Mac Sauce Made of?

You will notice, we do not use French dressing in our recipe. French dressing tends to overpower all the other flavors leaving you with a sauce that only tastes like French dressing.

Ingredients for homemade big mac sauce.


  • Mayo: Creamy mayonnaise is the base for this velvety Big Mac sauce.
  • Relish: Sweet pickle relish adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the sauce.
  • Mustard: A dash of yellow mustard adds to the zippy tang.
  • Vinegar: White vinegar also adds tang and balances the sweetness of the relish.
  • Spices: Paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder are the trio for a smokey, flavorful sauce.
Jar of big mac sauce with a spoon.

How to Make McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

Copycat Big Mac sauce is as simple as adding to a bowl and mixing. No special tools or steps are needed for this recipe.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

  1. Add ingredients to a bowl. Place the mayo, relish, mustard, vinegar, and spices in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix. Stir with a spoon until well combined.
  3. Serve. Use on burgers or as a dipping sauce.

Tips For Success

  • If you’d like the sauce a little sweeter, you can add a touch of sugar.
  • Taste and adjust the spices to suit your palate.
  • If you prefer a less sweet sauce, use dill relish instead of sweet pickle relish.
Spoon scooping out big mac sauce out of a jar.


The sauce will keep for up to 4 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I like to double the sauce and use it for the week!

Recipe FAQ’s

Is Big Mac Sauce the same as Thousand Island dressing?

Simply put, the two are not the same. A true Thousand Island dressing requires tomatoes which are not used in Big Mac sauce.

What sauce is closest to Big Mac sauce?

If you want to buy a bottle instead of making it at home, the closest we’ve found to the real thing is Great Value’s Secret Sauce. The ingredient list is almost identical.

Big Mac Sauce

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Homemade big mac on parchment paper.
Skip the drive-through and make this homemade Big Mac Sauce to level up your burgers. This McDonald’s copycat recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients to give you a creamy, tangy, and delicious burger sauce.
Sauce Fanatic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serving Size 8


  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder


  • Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Enjoy on a burger or use as a dipping sauce for fries.
  • Store leftover sauce in a jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 4 days.


Makes about 1 cup.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.


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