Healthy Big Mac Sauce

5 from 4 votes
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Creamy, sweet and tangy, this 5-minute recipe for homemade Healthy Big Mac Sauce tastes just like the real thing! You’ll want to slather this healthier copycat of McDonald’s Special Sauce on just about everything from burgers to fries and more.

A bowl of healthy Big Mac Sauce on a rectangular plate with French fries.

McDonald’s Special Sauce Made Healthy

Let’s talk about Special Sauce. If you’ve ever had a Big Mac burger from McDonald’s, you know what I mean. This satisfyingly creamy, tangy, sweet and borderline addictive sauce that gets slathered over Big Mac buns. So delicious, and part of the experience, but healthy? Not so much.

However, I think I’ve done it. I’ve created a version of healthy Big Mac Sauce at home that tastes just as delicious as the real deal. No additives, no crazy dyes or chemicals. Just a homemade burger sauce made from pantry items, packing all that authentic McD’s sweet-tanginess we know and love!

Fair warning: this homemade Big Mac Sauce is just as addicting as the original. Prepare to spread this healthier version over everything from burgers and sandwiches, to fries and onion rings. And everything in between!

A bowl of Healthy Big Mac Sauce on a patterned tablecloth.

What is Big Mac Sauce?

Anyone familiar with a McDonald’s Big Mac burger knows that it comes with a secret sauce. Big Mac Sauce is tangy, creamy, a little sweet, made with a moreish combination of mayo, pickle relish, and seasonings. And it turns out, it’s not too difficult to make a healthy version at home that tastes super close to the original! 

Is Special Sauce the Same as Thousand Island?

Similar, but not the same. For one, Thousand Island dressing contains ketchup. The same can’t be said for Big Mac Sauce, which technically doesn’t contain tomato at all.

Since my version here contains ketchup, you could say it’s a bit like Thousand Island. Some Big Mac Sauce copycat recipes get their pinkish hue from adding paprika, but I honestly find that my version tastes way more authentic with ketchup!

Fingers dipping French fries into a bowl of homemade Big Mac Sauce.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Plain Greek Yogurt: Instead of mayo, I use plain Greek yogurt to lighten up this Special Sauce, while still giving it all the creaminess it’s known for!
  • Ketchup: An easy shortcut to the tangy sweetness that’s classic of the McDonald’s version.
  • Pickle Relish: Sweet pickle relish brings its flavor and crunch to this copycat Big Mac Sauce. You can also use dill pickle relish if you prefer something more on the salty/savory spectrum.
  • White Vinegar: A little bit of white vinegar goes a long way in terms of balancing out the creaminess with acidity.
  • Salt
The ingredients for homemade Big Mac Sauce.

How to Make Big Mac Sauce

The only thing to do now is to combine the above ingredients in a bowl, and give it a good stir until the sauce has a smooth, creamy consistency. Use it right away or store it in the fridge!

Ways to Use It

Not just for Big Macs, your homemade Big Mac Sauce is perfect to enjoy with just about any meal ideas your heart desires! Here are some ways to use it:

This sauce recipe also makes a wonderful dip for all our family-favorite finger foods:

A spoon drops a dollop of Big Mac Sauce onto a cheeseburger patty.

How to Store

This homemade sauce will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge. Store it airtight and use it as a condiment, dressing, or dip!

Can I Freeze It?

Since this recipe is made with Greek yogurt, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. Luckily, it’s super quick to make up a batch whenever you need it!

Close up of a bowl of Big Mac Sauce.

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A bowl of healthy Big Mac Sauce on a rectangular plate with French fries.
5 from 4 votes

Healthy Big Mac Sauce

This easy recipe for creamy, homemade Healthy Big Mac Sauce tastes just like the real thing! You’ll be slathering this McDonald's copycat on everything!
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth and uniform. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Big Mac Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons (approximately))
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 209mg9%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comment
  1. Charles A Wilson

    5 stars
    The thing that I remember most about this secret sauce is that although I don’t eat at McDonalds anymore I used to eat my share of big macs. But before I ever heard of Mcdonald’s I used to eat at a hometown drive-in called the Teepee. They had a teepee-looking structure on top of their flat roof. They were very popular in the ’50s. They had a hamburger called a big teep that included a special sauce. I ate many of those years before I ever saw a Mcdonald’s. What shocked me when I ate my first big mac was that the McDonald’s special sauce tasted exactly like the Teepee special sauce.

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