McDonald's Big Mac

McDonald's Big Mac
Staff Writer
McDonald's Big Mac
Lisa Cohen
McDonald's Big Mac

The key to recreating the Big Mac is obviously perfecting the sauce. Some say it’s simply Thousand Island, but the clever folks at McDonald's deserve much more credit for this masterpiece we crave.

In order to recreate the sauce, I had to ensure that I had a supply that I could taste on its own — away from the other great flavors this burger stacks. So I requested "extra on the side." The friendly woman behind the counter didn’t flinch. She quickly produced a sundae cup half-filled with the neon-salmon-colored sauce. When I took a big sniff, all I could smell was a chemicalesque aroma. Tasting, on the other hand, yielded that wonderful flavor. Several tastings and I was convinced. The secret ingredient? Mustard. Simple yellow mustard. Add that and a pinch of sugar to a Thousand Island-style sauce, and you’ll be surprised how closely it resembles the real deal.

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Servings
585
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: It’s easy to throw together a Big Mac-like burger in minutes once you have the sauce made. So to save time, make a big batch of the sauce, omitting the onions (they are the only ingredient that will spoil quickly). Refrigerate the sauce in a plastic container for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to enjoy a burger, simply add the correct quantity of onion to the amount of sauce you’re using.

Even better: Save time and calories by omitting the second bun bottom and simply make one patty instead of two with the three ounces of beef. This way, you’ll need only 1 ½ tablespoons of sauce. You’ll be left with a more nutritionally balanced burger. Plus, you’ll still have room for some fries or a side salad, all the while still enjoying that great Big Mac flavor… in minutes.

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 1/3  Cup  low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2  Teaspoons  dill pickle relish
  • 2  Teaspoons  ketchup
  • 2  Teaspoons  sugar
  • 2  Teaspoons  yellow mustard
  • 1  Tablespoon  plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped white onion

For the burger

  • 3  Ounces  96-percent lean ground beef (about 1/3 cup)
  • pinches of salt
  • sesame seed hamburger bun plus 1 bun bottom
  • slice 2-percent milk yellow American cheese
  • 2  Tablespoons  plus 1 teaspoon McDonald's Big Mac Sauce
  • 1  Teaspoon  finely chopped white onion
  • 1/3  Cup  shredded iceberg lettuce
  • rounds dill pickle

Directions

For the sauce

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, sugar, and mustard. Stir to blend well. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Stir in the onion just before serving.

For the burger

Divide the beef in half. On a sheet of waxed paper, shape each half into a 4-inch patty. Season both sides with the salt. Transfer the waxed paper to a plate. Place, uncovered, in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until drops of water sizzle when splashed on the pan. Place the patties in the pan. Cook until no longer pink, 1-2 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, place the bun top and bottoms, cut sides down, in the pan. Cook until toasted, about 1 minute. (If the pan is not large enough to hold the patties and the buns, first cook one of the patties with the bottom bun and then start assembling the sandwich while the others cook.) Just before the patties are cooked, place the cheese on one of the patties.

Place one of the bun bottoms on a plate. Spread on 1 tablespoon of the sauce. Place the cheeseburger, cheese side down, on the bun. Spread 1 teaspoon of the sauce on the second bun bottom and place, sauce side down, on the cheeseburger. Top with the remaining sauce, the onion, lettuce, pickles, the remaining burger, and the bun top.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
28g
31%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
147mg
49%
Carbohydrate, by difference
73g
56%
Protein
32g
70%
Vitamin A, RAE
22µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
23µg
26%
Calcium, Ca
192mg
19%
Choline, total
124mg
29%
Fiber, total dietary
14g
56%
Folate, total
103µg
26%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
64mg
20%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
384mg
55%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
39µg
71%
Sodium, Na
902mg
60%
Water
172g
6%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%