Mcdonald’s ‘Secret’ Big Mac Sauce Recipe Has Been Leaked Online And Here Is How You Can Make It In Your Own Kitchen. I'm Lovin It!

By Michael Avery in Food On 28th August 2017


The world’s most iconic burger celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

The Big Mac (originally named ‘The Aristocrat’) was introduced in Pittsburgh in 1967 and has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon.

Today, the Big Mac can be ordered in every corner of the world, and although the exact ingredients and sizes change slightly from country to country, one crucial element remains consistent: the ‘special sauce’.



What makes the Big Mac a best-selling burger around the world is that infamous special sauce it comes with.

Without that special sauce, it just wouldn't be special.

So imagine if you could recreate that very special sauce at home? Home-made burgers would honestly become next level.

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Now, the top-secret recipe for the sauce appears to have leaked online, the Daily Mail reports.

The allegedly authentic ingredients list has circulated on Pinterest and contains a whopping 33 ingredients.



The list is long and includes soybean oil, a pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder and mustard seed.

The Sun Online has contacted McDonald’s about the authenticity of the condiment ingredients but the fast food giant has not responded.

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Shrouded in secrecy, the sauce is what makes a Big Mac a Big Mac. But what is it? And what makes it so ‘special’?

As with the ‘ingredients’ list on any packet of food sold at a supermarket, the official McDonald’s website includes a list of the secret sauce’s ingredients, but it stops short of providing quantities.


The leaked recipe lists the ingredients as follows:

Soybean Oil, Pickle Relish (Diced Pickles, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Spice Extractives, Polysorbate 80), Distilled Vinegar, Water, Egg Yolks, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Onion Powder, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mustard Bran, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Caramel Colour, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Colour), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavour).

The list is long and we don’t know what quantities each ingredient is used.



The Special Sauce was created by franchise owner Jim Delligatti, who invented the Big Mac in 1968.

The top-secret formula was tweaked over the years, but the original recipe remained until 1991. However, it was changed back to the original recipe in 2004.


McDonald’s gave away 10,000 bottles of the Big Mac sauce in America in January as part of a special promotion.

Fast food fans were found to be flogging the condiment on eBay for a whopping $12,950.



A couple online users took a crack at guessing the right quantities of the ingredients and here are the recipes. Which one tastes the most like the real thing? Try it and let us know.

Tristan Lutze's Big Mac Special Sauce Recipe:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp gherkin relish

2 tsp vinegar

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp crushed mustard seeds

1/2 tsp white pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Stir all ingredients together until well combined.

Serve on a burger, or as a dipping sauce for fries.


Kelly Brinker’s Big Mac Special Sauce Recipe:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

4 tsp sweet pickle relish

1 tsp white vinegar

1/8 tsp salt

2 tbsp French dressing

1 tbsp finely minced white onion

1 tsp sugar

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir.

Cover the bowl, or put in a container that can be covered and refrigerate overnight.

Stir a few times while it’s sitting in the fridge.


#10 After you've finished testing the recipes, take a look at this humorous video providing more details about the sauce ingredients.