Delicious Homemade Meals

The Secret’s Out – Big Macs at Home

Only a few months ago, Coles had the nation thinking that precious Big Mac Sauce, along with a range of other McDonald’s special sauces would be available to purchase from their shelves, in bottle form. Like a lot of content on the internet – it was a complete stitch up.

McDonald’s do occasionally release limited runs of their special  Big Mac Sauce for a few select customers. It is also available on eBay for a small fortune. We, however, think we have cracked the code for the perfect homemade Big Mac Sauce – and you won’t need to sell an arm and a leg to get your hands on it!

Canadians are currently enjoying a utopia-like society where Big Mac Sauce, amongst other special McDonald’s sauce varieties, can be freely plucked from supermarket shelves – but until we can enjoy that luxury here in Australia, I recommend you whip up your own batch of our homemade Big Mac Sauce.

Best served on one of our delicious homemade burgers – see the full recipe below.

Shopping List – Homemade Big Mac Sauce

  • ½ cup whole egg mayonnaise (we love Kewpie mayonnaise)
  • 1 heaped tbs gherkin relish
  • 2 tsp white vinegar (we recommend using brine from dill pickles)
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 1½ heaped tsp mild American mustard
  • 1 heaped tsp garlic powder
  • 1 heaped tsp onion powder
  • 1 level tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch salt

To make – mix all ingredients in a bowl (simple!) 

Shopping List – Burger Patties

  • 500g good quality butchers beef mince
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1 generous pinch white pepper

To make – combine and form patties (depending on preferred size makes 3-4 patties). Pre-heat pan, skillet or grill until hot/smoking. Cook for 2½-3mins per side for perfectly cooked patties!

Shopping List – Burgers

  • Sesame-topped brioche buns (warmed/toasted prior to assembling)
  • 1 white onion – diced
  • Iceberg lettuce – finely shredded
  • American red cheddar cheese slices (1 per burger)
  • Dill pickles – sliced in to rounds

The Build!

  1. Spread some homemade Big Mac Sauce over the base of the brioche bun.
  2. Top with some diced onion, shredded lettuce and a slice of cheese.
  3. Add the beef patty, and top with some sliced dill pickles.
  4. Top with the middle layer brioche bun, and spread some more homemade Big Mac Sauce.
  5. Add some more onion, lettuce, pickles and a beef patty – before – you guessed it – drizzling some more homemade Big Mac Sauce.
  6. Top with the burger lid and serve.

We’ve assembled these as close as we could get to the real deal!


Recipe and photos by Michael Salmon