How to Make Homemade Big Macs--Copycat Recipe from Experience at McDonald's

Make Homemade Big Macs!

My own Big Vics!
My own Big Vics! | Source

Copycat Big Macs like McDonald's!

My homemade "Big Macs" have been a big hit ever since I started making them at home several years ago. I guess my experience at McDonald's during my high school and college years paid off. I always loved Big Macs, but I love the homemade ones even more.

I have developed a small following of fans for my homemade burgers, while others are anxiously waiting for me to make my famous creation for them. Those who have tried these tasty hamburgers rave about them. My niece incorporated my name into the title of the burger, preferring to call them Big Vics!

We've created a tradition of making these things every summer when my niece comes to visit, often inviting over my brother and my boyfriend to enjoy them with us. Big Vics are always a hit!

A note about the Big Mac Sauce

There are actually recipes for “Big Mac sauce” online, and I haven’t tried them, but I know that Thousand Island dressing tastes really close and is quick to use.

Ingredients for Homemade Big Macs

Ground chuck

Salt & pepper

Thousand Island Salad Dressing (I usually use Kraft.)

Iceberg or Romaine lettuce, shredded

American processed cheese slices (or just American slices)

Whole dill pickles, sliced

Onion (white or yellow), chopped

Sesame seed buns

If you’ll notice, I haven’t listed the amounts of each ingredient, as it depends on how many Big Vics you plan to make.

Preparing Big Mac Toppings

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Chop lots of lettuce!Soften plenty of onions.Chop large dill pickles to make the best "fast food" pickle slices.
Chop lots of lettuce!
Chop lots of lettuce! | Source
Soften plenty of onions.
Soften plenty of onions. | Source
Chop large dill pickles to make the best "fast food" pickle slices.
Chop large dill pickles to make the best "fast food" pickle slices. | Source

Instructions for Homemade Big Macs

First, make very small patties with your ground chuck. You’ll make two small patties for each burger. You’re probably familiar with how small the patties are on the little hamburgers at any fast food restaurant. This is the size you want to make. Two of them probably barely come to ¼ pound of beef—if that much. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the patties and start cooking them on low heat, as you’ve got some other work to do! Turn up the heat to medium later if you want to speed up the process.

Now it’s time to chop! Chop up about a quarter of an onion or so per burger. Chop into small pieces and place in a non-stick pan with a small amount of oil. As the onions cook and take up the oil, add water instead of oil to plump the onions. As many fast food places use only dehydrated onions that water is added to, these onions will be much tastier on your burger than what they use.


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Loaded and ready for the burger patties!
Loaded and ready for the burger patties! | Source

How to Chop up the Lettuce and Pickles

Chop up plenty of lettuce per burger, as you will be piling lettuce on two different buns. As for the pickles, I slice whole dills as opposed to using already sliced pickles, as the texture and taste is much different. Slice whole dills thinly, and you’ll notice that the taste and look resemble very closely the pickles that are found on fast food burgers. I haven’t found anything closer.

What do you think?

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Homemade Big Macs

How to Create 3 Buns for Homemade Big Macs

Now, how do you get three buns for your Big Vic? Easy. Take a sharp knife and cut away a thin layer from the top or bottom bun, whichever seems to have excess. There you go. You have three pieces. Place your buns on a cookie sheet and brown lightly in the oven. If you'd rather, you can use the toaster.

Your hamburger patties should be finished by now. It’s time to stack your Big Vics! Spread out buns in threes. Squirt a generous amount of Thousand Island dressing onto the bottom and middle part of the buns. Next, get a handful of shredded lettuce to cover both the bottom and middle buns. Then, place a piece of cheese on top of the lettuce on the bottom bun. Place about three pickle slices on top of the lettuce on the middle bun. You are getting close. Let's check on the burger patties now!

Homemade Big Macs Almost Ready . . . .

Time to put the Big Macs together now!
Time to put the Big Macs together now! | Source

Stack those Homemade Big Macs!

Place a hamburger patty on top of the bottom and middle buns. Put plenty of onions on top of both of the patties. Put your bun toppers on now on the middle layer. The section with cheese will be on the bottom.

You’ll have to smash the burger down some as it gets pretty big. Your Big Vic is ready to be eaten.

Would you like fries with that? We always do! Those Ore Ida fast food french fries are easy to bake, and they copy the taste of McD's french fries very well.

If you like those little McDonald's hamburgers and cheeseburgers, here's a great recipe to make those at home, too!


Big Mac Spread . . . .

Big Vics for a crowd! My brother's birthday gathering!
Big Vics for a crowd! My brother's birthday gathering! | Source

I learned this song backwards when I worked at McDonald's!

#30/30!
#30/30! | Source

© 2012 Vicki L Hodges

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

This is a great idea! You get your favorite food but make it yourself, plus you know what's in it, and it's probably healthier!

I made plain burgers for the first time at the weekend for a BBQ and it was so easy. I might try out this recipe :)


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sam209 4 years ago

now the only thing I can love more than your pizza hub, would be this one! The Big Vics looks just as appealing as the Big Mac! I smell a hub of the day on this one! Very informative and thanks for sharing! I've tried to duplicate a Big Mac when I was younger but was unsuccessful. After awhile I gave up! Think it's time to re up and try again!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Big Vics! Very creative! I haven't had a Big Mac in a long time, yours look healthier than the restaurant version. I'll take fries with that!:)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Yum! This looks great. Thanks for sharing voted up!


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

yummy.....definitely a healthier version!


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

It looks so good. I agree with sam209. I smell hub of the day on this one too. Very well described with the perfect pictures. Thanks for sharing it.

Voted up and useful!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, what an interesting hub! I like the tip about slicing your own pickles and how to get the third bun. And although we don't think of burgers as wholesome, the homemade version is sure to be more nutritious than the fast food version!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Emma! I love them at home, and you can add more or less to your taste, thicker patties--and yes, you know what's in them. They are soooo tasty! Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, sam209, that makes me feel so good--both the comment about the pizza hub and about a potential hub of the day. I've never had one of those. :-( Try again on the Big Mac (Vic!). You won't be disappointed!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

They're yummy, Sunshine! I hope this answers your question well. I wish we would win something!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yummy! These actually look better than Mickey D's. There is so much more meat on these. These look fabulous! Isn't much better in this world than a great burger. Now I know what that special sauce is. Awesome!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Even if we don't win Vicki, I think this hub is epic! Winning:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

kelleyward--You're welcome. Thanks for the vote up!

kikalna--I do hope it's healthier! I would think so!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

livingpah--I would love to be hub of the day. Never has happened! I'm glad you appreciate the pics and hope you try to make your own burger. Thanks again! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

vespawoolf--I bet it IS more nutritious. Yeah, I had to figure out how to get the right kind of pickles and the third bun. Hope you try them!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, tammy! If you try it, I hope you love it. I know I do!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sunshine! It means a lot that you think so! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Homemade burgers are so much better and yours look delicious!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

They ARE delish, Susan! I love them!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Vicky, I have two problems! There is no bacon and I am not there to eat those with you...lol. My favourite burger was the Mac-Bacon Supreme, that's back when I used to eat fast food burgers. I now make my own if I need a burger.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cardisa--Feel free to add bacon! :-) Mac-Bacon Supreme? Is that a McDonald's burger in some areas? Sounds great! If you were here, I would make you one of my burgers!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

When McDonalds was in Jamaica that was the first burger with bacon to be made here. Then Burger King stole the recipe...lol...well they started making the burger with bacon.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cardisa, you are certainly making me hungry for a bacon burger! Preferably with cheese! Yummy!


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emilybee 4 years ago

Big Vics! That is clever! I'll have to try it out, they look great!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Do it, emilybee! Try them!


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

So, I read this hub and I have a question that I gotta ask...

I loved Big Macs but rarely ate them because of their ability to linger hours after and I hate that...

Do you know what I mean? the repeating flavor burp thing...

Well if you do know what I mean, does that happen with homemade ones. I am hoping it is just a bi-product from mass marketing. Is the question weird?


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

gotta try me a big Vic this weekend!!! mouth is watering!!

Thanks

chris


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Moms-Secret--That IS a funny question! :-) I really can't answer it, because Big Macs never affected me in that way. Do homemade burgers ever bother you? Hey, make these and let me know how they affect you! I've gotta know! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Do it, CMerritt! They are so good!


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

That is such a cool idea! I never thought about trying to mimic the Big Mac when making homemade burgers. ...A Big Mac that I can trust, as opposed to the ones ya order while thinking "I hope they didn't put anything EXTRA in here!" LOL!


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks. i am going to try to get it added to the family menu at our next family council. I hate McDonald's food, it's a long story.

My family loves the stuff though! You are Awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Insane Mundane--LOVE your name! Yes, make your own Big Macs at home--you know what's in them. And they are sooooo good!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Rodric--Thanks for the compliment. Perhaps homemade Big Macs are a compromise for your family, and perhaps you'll even like them! :-)


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zan00657 4 years ago from India

woow i liked it very much


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, zan! I love my Big Macs!


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zan00657 4 years ago from India

i too love it... :)

my mouth was watering :D

the most interesting factor of this hub is those pictures

those pics are too attractive ones.... :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, zan, about the pictures! That's cool!


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Every now and then I torture myself by reading a recipe I can't eat (I have an inotlerance for wheat and beef, crazy I know). I was determined not to read this and I broke down. Mostly because I was dying to see how you made that middle bun! Great idea and it looks like a lot of fun... I think I migh try it with some turkey burger and gluten free bread. blah! :o)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DanaTeresa--You have a real picture! :-) Cool! I'm glad you read about my Big Macs. You could probably make your own version taste good!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

It is 10:30 PM and I am starving now!!! Your picyures are making my mouth water!! You should have a restaurant called Big Vics!!! Love this...voted up!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

And I love your comment, Audra! A restaurant called Big Vics. LOL. Love it!


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wisdom25 4 years ago from San Tan Valley

McDonalds ain't got nothing on that Big Mac. lol..This article is really making me hungry. Great article. Much Love and Respect


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

wisdom--Uh-uh, McD's doesn't! haha. I love the Big Vics!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Homemade burgers are great. Thanks for the recipe. Voted up and SHARED.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thelma, I think homemade are the best. I love these Big Vicks. Thanks for sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey this sounds pretty good! I could do that...! I only like this one item from McD's but I can't tell ya the last time I ate food from there. I will for sure be trying this one out!

Big Vic's! LOL


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, check it out RealH! Impress your friends and family. Mine loves them. Go, Big Vics!!!


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I'm very sure your Big Vics taste much better than Big Macs. The last Big Mac I had was so terrible that I've vowed to never eat McD's again - never!

Great hub. Voted up and interesting.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

penlady--I personally have always liked Big Macs, but these homemade Big Vics are better! Tastier. And I know exactly what goes into them. Yummy!! You should try them to see! :-)


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timtalkstech 3 years ago

Very ingenious and so mouth watering! I wish I could make a Big Vic, but I don't think my wife is going to let me eat it when I'm done. I think I'll just stick to your healthy recipes.

Voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

timtalkstech--Actually, this recipe isn't too unhealthy. The patties are very thin (get lean beef), there is not a lot of bread (get wheat!), and the rest are veggies except for the sauce. I bet it's fewer calories than any fast food burger, and at least you know what's going into it! You better try it!


tattuwurn 3 years ago

Mouth watering!!! McDonald's patties sometimes look dry (and taste dry too). I'm 100% sure yours are better... I'm going to follow your version! Voted up and shared. :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, yes, tattuwurn--much better at home!! Try the recipe!!

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