January 4, 2009
One of my favorite sandwiches is McDonald's BigMac. The sandwich has such a unique taste - the special sauce along with the pickles and onions ... it's just fantastic!
Luckily for us the sandwich is easy to make and when you make it at home it tastes 10 times better than the ones you get at your local McDonalds.
Here's what you'll need:
Sesame Seed Buns
Sliced Cheddar Cheese
Ground Beef (80% lean)
Ingredients for the special big mac sauce:
1 cup miracle whip
1/3 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup French dressing
1 T sugar
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried minced onion (in the spice aisle)
First you'll want to make your bigmac sauce so you can let it rest in the fridge for an hour or so. The bigmac sauce is very easy to make. Simply mix together all of the ingredients into a bowl and place in the fridge. It is quite an odd combination of ingredients but it's pretty darn close to the McDonald's special sauce. Most people think that bigmac sauce is just thousand island dressing. Nope, not even close.
Next you'll need to cut up some sesame seed buns. As you know, McDonald's BigMac contains three parts: the top, the middle, and the bottom. When I look for sesame seed buns in the grocery store I try to find the tallest buns I can find, because from two sesame seed buns, you'll create your three parts.
If you look closely at the above picture, you'll see that my trick is to trim the very bottom of one of the buns off. This portion will become the middle of your big mac. The top remains the top, the trimmed bottom becomes the middle and the bottom of another bun becomes the bottom of your bigmac. Basically do whatever it takes to get your bun to look like the one below!
Dice your white onion into very small little cubes.
Chop up the iceberg lettuce very fine.
For the burger patties, I use 80% ground beef. I make a little ball in my hand and then use a patty former to make the big mac patties. After the patties are formed, simply grilling them over medium heat will do the job. Check out my page on how to make a McDonalds 1/8 lb burger patty for more information on making your favorite fast food style burger. For burgers, you'll want to place the meat over direct heat so the burgers are directly over top of your charcoal. Just a few minutes on each side will do. And don't forget to season your patties with a little salt and pepper while they are on the grill.