Homemade Big Mac Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

Homemade Big Mac sauce in a mason jar

All photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)

This homemade Big Mac sauce is super easy to make and is perfect for burgers, tacos, and even as a dip. You can have this done in 5 minutes and a little bit of sauce goes a long way.

Packed with a perfect balance of mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, and a few simple ingredients to get that signature taste, you’ll be surprised at just how close this copycat recipe is to the real deal.

I recently made it for my chopped Big Mac subs and it tasted just like the real thing, only better because it was homemade! If you’ve ever wanted to make your version of this famous sauce for your homemade burgers or favorite sandwiches, give this delicious Big Mac sauce recipe a try!

What is Big Mac Sauce?

Big Mac sauce, also known as McDonald’s special sauce, is a creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet sauce made famous by the classic Big Mac burger. Any fan of this iconic burger knows that it’s not quite complete without its secret sauce.

Even though it’s normally used on burgers, many folks (including myself) love to use this versatile sauce on other dishes like salads, tacos, hash browns, and sandwiches. It’s also the perfect dipping sauce for fries, chicken tenders, and onion rings on the side.

So if you want to skip the pre-made Big Mac sauce, this copycat Big Mac sauce recipe is your ticket to creating an incredibly similar version in your own kitchen.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons relish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Ingredients for homemade Big Mac sauce

How to make Homemade Big Mac sauce.

Making the sauce is super easy. Simply combine all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.

Make sure everything is well combined and always adjust the seasonings after tasting.

Hint: If you want it tangier, put in a bit more mustard. If you want a little bit of heat, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper. You can also add in more sweet relish to make it sweeter.

Store in an airtight container like a mason jar and refrigerate. This homemade sauce will be good for about 2 weeks as long as it’s in a covered container.

Hint: While you can use your homemade burger sauce right away, it’s best to store it for at least two hours or even overnight in the refrigerator to let all of the flavors meld together.

A great way to store them is in squirt bottles and then I use them on anything and everything I can find! It’s especially good on burgers, but French fries are great and it even makes for a good salad dressing.


Does Big Mac sauce contain mayo?

Yes, the original Big Mac sauce and this homemade version both contain mayonnaise. It’s the perfect creamy base that gives balance to all the other flavors.

How long does Homemade Big Mac sauce last?

This homemade Big Mac sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container.

Is Big Mac sauce the same as Thousand Island dressing?

No, Big Mac sauce is not the same as Thousand Island dressing. While both are mayonnaise-based sauces, Big Mac sauce has a much more distinct flavor and is typically tangier because of the addition of ketchup and mustard. Some copycat recipes also use French dressing to mimic the original formula.

Try this sauce with these recipes:

Chopped Big Mac Subs

Smoked Bacon wrapped pickles

Smoked breakfast pig shots

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Homemade Big Mac Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

This homemade Big Mac sauce is easy to make and perfect for burgers, tacos, and even as a dip. It tastes so good and only takes 5 minutes. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons relish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Add ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whisk together until fully incorporated. 
  2. Serve with burgers, tacos, as a dressing or a dip. Enjoy! 
  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Big Mac sauce, special sauce, homemade Big Mac sauce, homemade special sauce, burger sauce, Big Mac special sauce

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