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Double Dekker cheeseburger loaded with lettuce and special sauce and french fries sitting on a wooden board

Homemade Big Mac

Libby with Lemony Thyme
There is so much love going on right here! There's something so satisfying about a Big Mac. You're going to need a lot of napkins for these juicy delicious burgers. I'm lovin' it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Burger, Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 3


For the Special Sauce

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

For the Big Macs

  • 1 pound ground beef preferably grass-fed chuck
  • 6 slices yellow American cheese
  • 4-5 brioche buns or sesame seed burger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup fine diced white onion
  • 18 dill pickle slices
  • special sauce see recipe above
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or ghee for pan frying burgers
  • salt & pepper to season burgers


For the Special Sauce

  • Combine all special sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. For best flavor, chill for 2 hours or overnight.

For the Big Macs

  • Divide the ground beef into 1/3 pound sections. Split each 1/3 in half and roll into a ball. Press each ball between parchment paper to make 6 thin patties total. Season with salt & pepper. Pan fry burger patties in butter until cooked through. Top each burger with a slice of cheese.
  • You'll need a top, bottom and middle bun for each Big Mac. Lightly toast buns.
  • Spread a generous amount of special sauce onto each bun. On bottom bun add fine diced onion and shredded lettuce. Top with cheese burger and three pickle slices. Repeat with middle bun, sauce, onion, lettuce, cheese burger, pickles. Finish with top bun.
  • Delicious served with shoestring fries and a milkshake!

For Gluten Free Sweet Potato 'Buns'

  • Slice sweet potato into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Brush with olive oil and bake in oven at 425° F for about 25 minutes until golden and tender. Build Big Mac as instructed above using sweet potato in place of buns.