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Get an authentic taste of your favorite fast food burger with this Copy Cat McDonald’s Big Mac. It’s got everything you crave about the classic double decker sandwich, including the ‘secret sauce’, that’s a spot on replica.

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

My kids often think that they’re the unluckiest children in the world.

They have a roof over their heads, clothes they like, comfortable beds to sleep in, and a home-cooked meal  on the table almost every night.

They have things like gaming consoles. Several have phones. They have access to things like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. If their grades are good they get to have and go on sleepovers, to the movies, the local amusement parks with friends.

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

At this point you’re probably wondering why they think their lives aren’t all that great. I find myself shaking my head, often trying to wrap my mind around it.

Their reasoning is very simple.

We generally cook at home, because we’ve found it to be the most economical choice for our budget, with the added bonus of it also being a healthier option for our family. In short, they don’t get to go out to eat nearly as much as they think they should.

And even when we’re out and about, rarely do we stop for fast food. We make them wait, just like us, until we get… home.

I know, and to quote The Little Mermaid– ‘those poor, unfortunate souls’.

Pretty sure when they’re grown and have jobs that give them disposable income and unlimited transportation at least one (or two or three or four) of them will go on a fast food diet until they just can’t take another bite of burgers, chicken nuggets, or fries.

Hope not, but I can totally see it happening.

Or maybe they’ll get it out of their system by downing an entire large pizza like Son #1 once did, in one sitting, and spending the rest of the evening sick as a dog and unable to leave the bathroom. Only time will tell.

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

ln the meantime, they’ll have to settle for the infrequent times they’re Dad and I say ‘yes’, not to the dress, but to the drive through.

By far, if they’re picking the place, they’re favorite burger joint is McDonald’s. Specifically, the Big Mac. With it’s yummy, but not often replicated special sauce. It’s definitely a winning combination.

Copy Cat McDonald's Big Mac

And when your at their age, your eyes are always bigger than your belly– and it’s a real buzz kill when you cannot in fact order more than one.

So I thought I’d throw them a bone, and while we weren’t going out for lunch– I decided to try and make a Copy Cat McDonald’s Big Mac.

The united, and enthusiastic round of ‘thank yous’ I got with every first, second, and even third bite, told me that not only was it a huge success that this was also one truly appreciated meal.

Can’t get out? Don’t feel like putting on real clothes to leave the house? Or dragging all the rambunctious kids out, knowing someone will knock over a cup of soda and the inevitable argument or tantrum will rear it’s ugly head?

Stay right where you are. This Copy Cat McDonald’s Big Mac has got you covered. It’s even got the ‘secret sauce’, that actually tastes like the secret sauce. Promise. Cross my heart.

Serve it with some skinny, crispy french fries and an ice cold coke for an authentic experience at home. It’s easy enough for lunch or dinner. You pick.

It’s so good the kids will be too busy devouring their meal to worry about anything else. At least for a few minutes.

Copy Cat McDonald’s Big Mac

A spot on replica of the classic fast food burger.

For The Secret Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp French dressing
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 2 tsp dill pickle relish
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
For The Big Macs
  • 2 thin hamburger patties
  • 1 & 1/2 sesame seed buns
  • 1 slice yellow American cheese
  • 1 tbsp special sauce
  • 1 tsp finely minced white onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 dill pickle slices
  • salt and pepper, to taste
To Make The Special Sauce
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour, at least, before serving.

To Make The Big Macs
  1. Lightly toast two bottom buns.

  2. Season the hamburger patties with salt and pepper, to taste. In a medium sized skillet, cook 1-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

  3. On the first of the two bottom buns, add ½ tablespoon of the Special Sauce, ½ teaspoon of the onion, ⅛ cup of shredded lettuce, cheese, and one hamburger patty.

  4. Place the other bottom bun on top, and top it with the same items mentioned above, but no cheese. Top with the remaining bun top.

Recipe Notes

This recipe, for simplicity’s sake, is written to prepare one Big Mac. Double, triple, and so on until you’ve made as many as needed.


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