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McDonalds Famous "Special Sauce"

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A Big Mac hamburger is seen in a McDonald's fast-food restaurant.
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This "top-secret recipe" is from a McDonalds Manager's Handbook published in 1969. It was meant to be used only as an emergency recipe for stores that ran out of the pre-made sauce that each store used on the Big Macs®. But, this page in the handbook was quickly removed for fear of other burger chains learning and using the top-secret sauce. But, it was too late. The recipe somehow got out and was made public the next year, and has been available ever since.

Yields: 1 cup, or enough for 8 burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes


  • 1/4 cup salad dressing (like Miracle Whip®)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp French salad dressing
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried, minced onion
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Mix all ingredients, and stir well in a small container.

  2. Microwave on high for 25 seconds, and stir well again.

  3. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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 5 out of 5
McDonalds ""Special Sauce"", Member ChefRoach

I made this over July 4th. for a Cook Out and it was totally awesome. A huge hit. Very easy to make and keeps well too.

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