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 31 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, about 3-4 minutes, in your large skillet then add in the chopped onions, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

  2. Cook the beef until fully browned, about 3-4 minutes, 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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Comments

  1. Very tasty. I used two pounds of burger and it was still plenty saucy – sauce would’ve been really overpowering with just 1.5 pounds. Three of the five in the family loved them, two didn’t because of the pickles. I bet they’ll taste even better tomorrow.

  2. Super yummy and easy to make! We’ve been eating at home more and really watching our diets. This was a nice home made break from healthy food but we could still control our calories with lean meat, and less secret sauce……did I mention the secret sauce was heavenly?

  3. This is a great recipe. I am making it again tonight, but, I’m cheating and using marzetti thousand Island dressing. Tastes like a Big Mac Love It!

  4. I am a huge Bug Mac fan. Made this for dinner last night. Hubby and I both loved it! Thank you for sharing. We will definitely be making this again

  5. This is hands down the closest I’ve ever come to creating a Big Mac – it’s absolutely delicious!

    I’ve made this twice now, and the second time I used the Watties Burger Sauce (I am from New Zealand, so this probably is only available in NZ and AUS) instead of making the sauce from scratch, but it still tastes the same. Similarly, I am gluten-free, so just swapped out the buns for GF buns, and it still tasted just like the real thing. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  6. Will you recommend a French dressing please? There are so many available and I would like to know which you used. Thanks

          1. Glad I read this. The first I got the wrong French dressing (It was good but not Big Mac good) and this time I ended up with Wishbone creamy. Can’t wait to try In a few minutes

  7. Craving a Big Mac and made this – my family LOVED it! Used Catellina dressing because I had no French and didn’t let it sit 24 hrs (couldn’t wait) Also used dill pickles and added more raw onions in the mix. It was fabulous! Shared 🙂

  8. Really good! Will definitely make again. Used dill relish since that’s all I had. Will try with sweet relish next time.

  9. These were SO GOOD!!!! Tonight was gonna be tacos….My crew was disappointed at first. Until their first bites that is!! My fellas voted this a definite do-again. Thank you!!!

    1. YAY! I am so glad to hear it. I know this one at first is like a “waaaaait a second, I’m not sure about this.” But then once you take a bite you’re like, yes please. Have you tried the Western Bacon Sloppies? Those are my favorite, hands down.

  10. Tasted JUST like a big mac. So good. My boyfriend, not a big-mac-fanatic like me, also loved it.
    I didn’t have white vinegar, so used a touch of seasoned rice vinegar instead. It worked fine.

  11. I made this for lunch and it was delicious. Mine came out a bit salty so I’ll omit the salt next time… but this is definitely a keeper. Thank you!

  12. I’m making these tonight but question? Do I have to wait 24 hours for the sauce to be ready or can I just use it right after I make it? What is the difference.

  13. Absolutely wonderful! I was craving a Big Mac but our city is more or less in lockdown so I was able to satisfy my craving with this beauty! Thanks so much for posting! This is going in my “favorites” recipe box!

    1. Big Mac sauce does not use french dressing..the pink color comes from paprika which was revealed by a McDonald’s executive chef 8 years ago on the today show.. Sabrina’s recipe is a 40 year old outdated copycat recipe…also the real recipe includes garlic powder

    1. Do you know how many carbs wthout the buns?? I’m doing atkins. I’d use lettuce leaves and as many sugar free condiments as possible.

  14. I made these yesterday & they turned out perfect! Definitely a go-to recipe for those days I’m craving a burger that’s better than McDonalds.
    Side note: When toasting your burger buns, use mayo instead of butter. It gives that “little something” extra to an already indulgent burger.
    Thank-you for taking the time to perfect this recipe so that our tastebuds may reap the rewards!

  15. Loved this thanks for sharing!
    Always crave a Big Mac but once I bite into their burger itself ruins the whole idea of wanting to eat it…
    This was a great recipe and loved the twist as sloppy joe , currently looking for another recipe of yours for tonight’s dinner

    1. 2 questions- 1) relish is sweet but pickles on burgers dill, correct? And 2) I assume that if you are assembling like your pictures as singles you just put a top bun where the second bottom bun is? Thanks

      1. Yes, relish is sweeter. When I assemble the sloppy joes to look like a Big Mac, I add an extra (top or bottom) bun to the middle otherwise, if I’m making it single I use a regular top and bottom bun. Hopefully this answers your questions. Enjoy!

  16. Sad to say that we were real excited to make these and we ended up very disappointed. The meat lacked flavor and the meat/sauce mixture was too soupy. Wish I could say that the taste made up for the texture but this is not a recipe I will be making again. My husband said it was “just okay.” All around bad.

  17. This was delicious. My husband even approved! The only thing I didn’t do was the 24hour wait time on the sauce, because I only realized that tip as I was already preparing the meal & there was NO WAY I was going to wait to try this ANY LONGER! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  18. If I follow your directions for the “secret sauce”, do I add it all in with the ground beef? Thanks!! Can’t wait to try.

  19. This would taste more like a Big Mac if you season the ground beef with the burger sprinkles they use on their burgers.

    Salt
    Pepper
    Onion powder
    Accent(MSG)

    1. I worked @mcdonalds while in high school and the only thing we ever used as seasoning for the meat patties was salt. Just saying…

  20. These are one of the best things I’ve made for my family in a long time. They just gobbled it all up. That sauce is life!

  21. Always love McDonald’s for this sauce and am thrilled I can make this for myself! Looking forward to burgers for dinner tomorrow, indeed!

  22. This looks so very delicious thanks.cant wait to make these. Have a safe and blessed holiday and bright and safe new year ?????.

    Thanks for sharing

  23. Bill Rose (age 91.5)
    I and my family are GREAT lovers of the Burgers and you have given us some more reasons to go further with your ideas.
    Will try them

  24. Omg… as soon as I saw the picture I had to have them. Went immediately to the grocery store… they rocked our world!!! Yum!