Big Mac Sloppy Joes (w/ Secret Sauce!)

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Big Mac Sloppy Joes are a delicious one pan meal with a McDonald’s Big Mac Secret Sauce Copycat made in 30 minutes. You’ll never need the drive-thru again.

We love Classic Sloppy Joes on this site so much I made over 25 versions of Sloppy Joe Recipes you all have enjoyed. I’ve gotten emails every week since the Sloppy Joe series ended asking for more Joes. Well, I have some new ones up my sleeve!

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

BIG MAC SLOPPY JOES (W/ SECRET SAUCE)

Big Macs are a nostalgic memory but we don’t often find ourselves going through the drive-thru. Not for noble reasons, but usually because we’re buried under delicious blog food. This is part of the reason I enjoy making Copycat Recipes so much, we get to enjoy the flavors of eating out without any of the actual going to fast food restaurants.

This sloppy joe recipe came about pretty randomly as most of them do. I was pretty deep into a project of recreating restaurant sauces that I’ve been working on for months (so many copycat sauces are coming soon!). Once I had the McDonald’s secret big mac sauce recipe recreated I figured I should do something with it.

I thought about making a simple big mac copycat, but since my brain is pre-wired for all things ground beef and saucy I decided this recipe was the way to go. I normally use brioche buns for all my sloppy recipes but given the copycat feel of this recipe a sesame seed bun seemed to be the right way to go.

How to serve Big Mac Sloppy Joes:

You could absolutely serve this as a single layer sandwich, just like every other version of them on the site. No one would fault you for it, you’d save extra carbs. In fact here is how a single decker sandwich would look:

Single Decker Big Mac Sloppy Joes

But if you’re going for the gold, I highly recommend making this a true double decker sandwich.

Big Mac Sloppy Joes on wooden plate

And most importantly let’s remember the stacking order!

From the bottom up:

  1. Bun bottom
  2. Secret Sauce
  3. Lettuce
  4. American Cheese
  5. Meat
  6. Bun Bottom
  7. Secret Sauce
  8. Lettuce
  9. Pickles
  10. Meat
  11. Bun Top

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How to Make Big Mac Sloppy Joes:

  1. Brown your ground beef halfway in your large skillet then add in the chopped onions, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the beef until fully browned then add in the chopped pickles and stir.
  3. Add in the McDonald’s Copycat Big Mac Sauce and stir well.
  4. Cook 1 additional minute then serve on sesame hamburger bun (stacking order above).

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Want to skip the secret sauce?

  • You can swap out Thousand Island Dressing instead of the secret sauce – add in additional mayonnaise to make it creamier (about 1/4 cup).
  • Use mayonnaise and ketchup (1/2 and 1/2)
  • Use Fry Sauce or other secret sauces they sell on the market.

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McDonald’s Secret Big Mac Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup French dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix ingredients well.
  2. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using for best (and most authentic) taste.

What kind of Ground Beef:

  • I used 85/15 ground beef in this recipe (this is what I use in all my sloppy joe recipes) because it is just the right fat percentage to provide enough moisture and fat to cook the onions without leaving too much grease in the pan that you need to drain it.
  • If you’re using a fattier ground beef, be sure to drain any excess fat before adding in your sauce or the sauce will be oily and break.
  • If you prefer to go leaner you can do that too. You can also swap in ground chicken or ground turkey for the ground beef.

Big Mac Sloppy Joe on Sesame Seed Bun with American Cheese and Shredded Lettuce

How to Store:

  • Serve: You can keep the meat at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: Store leftovers in a refrigerator for up to three days in a sealed airtight container.
  • Freeze: Allow to cool completely and freeze in air-tight container for up to 3 months.

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Big Mac Sloppy Joes

5 from 2 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Big Mac Sloppy Joes are a delicious one pan meal with a McDonald's Big Mac Secret Sauce Copycat made in 30 minutes. You'll never need the drive-thru again.

Ingredients

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef , (85/15)
  • 1/2 yellow onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup hamburger pickles , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

McDonald's Secret Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup French dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

To Assemble (Double Decker):

  • 8 hamburger buns , (with seeds)
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce , shredded
  • 12 hamburger pickle chips
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • Additional sauce , optional

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Brown your ground beef halfway in your large skillet then add in the chopped onions, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the beef until fully browned then add in the chopped pickles and stir.
  3. Mix the McDonald's Copycat Big Mac Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well.

  4. Add 1 cup of the secret sauce to the pan, reserve the rest for your buns.

  5. Cook 1 additional minute then serve on sesame hamburger bun (stacking order in notes below).

Recipe Notes

Stacking order from the bottom up:

  1. Bun bottom
  2. Secret Sauce
  3. Lettuce
  4. American Cheese
  5. Meat
  6. Bun Bottom
  7. Secret Sauce
  8. Lettuce
  9. Pickles
  10. Meat
  11. Bun Top

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 849 calories, Calories: 849g, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 141mg, Sodium: 2224mg, Potassium: 817mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 601g, Vitamin C: 4g, Calcium: 409g, Iron: 7g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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