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Special Burger Sauce

Elevate your next burger with a generous drizzle of this Special Burger Sauce. It’s equally delicious when used as a dipping sauce for fries and onion rings or as a salad dressing.

Special Burger Sauce

Special Burger Sauce Recipe

We all know that famous jingle, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun.” McDonalds sold many Big Macs with that commercial, and we all got hooked on that scrumptious burger sauce. When breaking it down, it’s not difficult to recreate their “secret” sauce at home and in fact, often you can even improve on the original by tweaking it to your own personal taste.

Special Burger Sauce

Helpful Tips for Making Special Burger Sauce

While I usually provide process steps for making my recipes, this one is so simple, there’s no need.

  • When making this sauce, I have found that real mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip, gives the best flavor. If you simply prefer Miracle Whip, you can use it in the same amount.
  • I’ve made this recipe using onion powder in place of the grated onion but, the combination of fresh onion and onion powder is my preference. If you want to replace with all onion powder, start with 1 tsp, taste and adjust from there.
  • Allow ample time for the sauce to chill so the flavors can fully marry.
  • This sauce can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Use this sauce for burgers, chicken, fries, onion rings or as a salad dressing.
  • Other restaurant favorites you can make at home from the MSSK Recipe Index, Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce, Japanese Steakhouse Yum Yum Sauce and Homemade Ranchero Sauce.
  • You may also enjoy this Copycat Arby’s Horsey Sauce from CopyKat Recipes.

Special Burger Sauce

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Special Burger Sauce

Prep Time5 minutes
Chill time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat-mcdonalds-special-sauce, special-burger-sauce
Servings: 1 3/4 cups
Calories: 1103kcal


  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup prepared French salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp grated onion
  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, French dressing, ketchup, relish, onion, vinegar, garlic, onion powder and salt until fully combined.
  • Pour into an airtight container and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Store chilled in an airtight container for up to one week.


  • This sauce can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Use this sauce for burgers, chicken, fries, onion rings or as a salad dressing.


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 1103kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 4754mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 1700IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. I wouldn’t recommend keeping any homemade sauce longer than that. Prepared sauces purchased at the store contain preservatives which isn’t the case here.

  1. Is there a substitute for French dressing? I don’t have any and hate to buy a whole bottle for 1/3 cup. Thanks.

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