Big Mac

The world famous Big Mac – “Two all beef patties, special sauce, cheese, pickles onions on a sesame seed bun” as the jingle goes.  Make your own version of the world’s most famous burger with this easy recipe.

5 from 2 votes
Big Mac
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: big mac, burger, mega burger
Servings: 1 big mac
Special Sauce Prep
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard recommended brand: French's
  • 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons gherkins (dill pickles) finely chopped
Burger Patties Prep
  • 180 grams beef mince (20% fat)
Time to cook!
  • 2 sesame seed burger buns (use 1 whole bun + 1 bottom bun half
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 handful shredded lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon onion finely chopped
  • 1 handful iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 processed cheese slice
  • 2 slices gherkin (dill pickles)
Special Sauce Prep
  1. In a bowl, add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, tomato ketchup and finely chopped gherkins, Mix well and set aside.

Burger Patties Prep
  1. Divide the beef mince into 2 portions (each 90g) and form 2 large meatballs.

Time to cook!
  1. Preheat your oven on the lowest available setting. Heat a dry frying pan over a medium-high heat. Place the burger buns face down onto the dry pan and toast until golden. Set aside.

  2. Place each of the formed meatballs onto the hot pan. Using a burger press or spatula, smash the meatballs down to form burger patties slightly larger than the size of your burger buns. Season with sea salt & pepper. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook the burger patties for around 2 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for a further 1 1/2 minutes.

  3. Assemble your burger: Dress the bottom and middle buns with the prepared special sauce. Top both with finely chopped onion and shredded iceberg lettuce. On the bottom bun, add the processed cheese slice. On the middle bun, add sliced gherkins.

  4. Carefully place your cooked burger patties on to the dressed buns. Place the middle layer on top of the bottom layer. Top with the sesame seed bun top, wrap the burger loosely in foil and place in the oven at the lowest available setting for 2 minutes to warm through. Serve with french fries.

If you like this Big Mac recipe, you might be interested in buying my book: The Takeaway Secret (2nd edition) is packed full of over over 120 takeaway & fast-food recipes and is available to buy in kindle or paperback form here.

7 thoughts on “Big Mac

  1. Hi Kenny,

    I learned about your site yesterday after reading your interview with Mary; they’re brilliant! There must be a lot of folks keen to recreate their favourite fast food at the moment.

    Would you be alright with me linking to your recipes from a search engine I’m working on at the moment? It’s at and I’d love to get them included. For what it’s worth I’m an east-coaster over in that ‘other’ big Scottish city.


    PS: I saw you’re onto the pizza at the moment. You might enjoy this article (good video near the end):

    1. Thanks so much James, I’d be delighted for you to link the recipes to your search engine – thanks for the pizza link too, I’m going to watch it right now.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow amazing recipes and now am a massive fan gonna try as many of these recipes as I can and impress the whole family

    Thanks Kenny
    Your the man


  3. 5 stars
    The big mac and chip shop fritter recipe are my favourite!!! Just pre-ordered the new Indian takeaway book to add to the collection!
    Kenny McGovern…Thank you!!!

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