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Copycat Big Mac Recipe

Copycat Big Mac Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 5
Calories 445 kcal


For the Big Mac

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 15 slices Dill pickles
  • 1/2 onion in slices
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce

For the Special Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp India relish, drained
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Thousand Island dressing


For the Special Sauce

  • Mix all of the ingredients well. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, but overnight is best.

For the Big Mac

  • In a large bowl, combine ground chuck and salt and pepper. Shape the ground meat into 10 thin meat patties. Heat a large griddle or pan to 350°, and place the meat patties onto the griddle. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Flip the patties and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until the juices from the meat run clear.
  • Spread softened butter on the cut sides of the buns and place them on the griddle until the bread begins to brown.  Flip the middle bun and allow it to toast on both sides.
  • Build the burger by starting at the bottom. The bottom bun, the Special Big Mac sauce, onions, lettuce, cheese, hamburger patty, and the middle bun. Then spread the Big Mac sauce, onion, lettuce, hamburger patty, two or three pickle slices, and finally the top bun.


  • Big Macs have three layers of buns, so if you use a package of eight hamburger buns you can make about five homemade Big Macs.  Cut the top off of the top bun to make it even, then use the bottom half as the middle portion of the Big Mac.