The Easiest Big Mac Sloppy Joes

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Big Mac Sloppy Joes are the perfect way to take a classic childhood meal and combine it with a fast food favorite at home. They are super easy to make and a fun weeknight dinner that will make everyone smile.

My boys recently discovered Big Macs and they loved them. In fact, a Big Mac is now one of my youngest son’s favorite sandwiches! Growing up I loved sloppy joes so it just makes sense to put them together.

Big Mac Sloppy Joe
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Throw some french fries in the oven or air fryer and make it a combo! And don’t forget to save room for our copycat shamrock shake!

Big Mac Sloppy Joe Ingredient List

Making fast food copycat recipes at home is easy with a few simple ingredients. And don’t forget the toppings! This is a great recipe for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Big Mac Sloppy Joe ingredients

What to Buy:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Thousand island dressing
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hamburger buns (use a plain or sesame seed bun)
  • American cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced pickles

Brown the Meat

Instead of beef patties, we’re going to crumble the meat sloppy joe style.

Start by dicing your onion into small pieces.

Add the onion and ground beef to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Ground beef and onion

Optional: add a little garlic powder and onion powder too if you like. I always like a little extra kick when making sloppy joes but it’s optional.

Drain off any excess grease and turn the heat to low.

Easy Big Mac Sauce Recipe

This classic sandwich wouldn’t be complete without the special sauce and this copycat Big Mac sauce recipe couldn’t be easier to make.

In a small bowl, add the big mac sauce ingredients including thousand island dressing, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

Add the sauce to your meat mixture and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce is heated.

sloppy joes with big mac sauce

To serve, spoon the mixture onto the bottom bun and top with a piece of cheese. Add some shredded iceberg lettuce and sliced dill pickles, then place the bun on top.

How to Store Leftovers

For best results, store leftovers separately. Place cooked meat in an airtight container and refrigerate. Lettuce and pickles should also be refrigerated.

If you don’t want to mix it with the meat, our copycat McDonald’s big mac sauce can also be saved in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Homemade Big Mac Sloppy Joe on plate with French fries

Homemade Big Mac Variations

  • Some homemade big mac sauce recipes call for a tablespoon or so of sweet pickle relish to this tangy sauce. I prefer to leave it out but it’s up to you!
  • If you don’t want to use a bun, make a Big Mac salad! Add all the ingredients to a bowl (minus the bun) and enjoy.
  • If you prefer a burger, add an egg to the ground beef and press into patties. Then fry up your homemade burger in the skillet or grill.
  • Use frozen french fries or air fryer roasted potatoes to complete the meal.
  • To make your own triple bun creation, add the bottom of a second bun to the middle of your sandwich and top with more creamy sauce.
  • Serve with onion rings for a fun twist.

Print the Recipe

Making a Big Mac at home is almost like the real thing and you don’t even have to leave the house. This sloppy joe recipe is an easy way to enjoy this iconic burger, with its secret sauce and toppings any time.

Click the printable recipe card below for step by step instructions and enjoy!

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

4.96 from 22 votes
Make these Big Mac sloppy joes at home in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy dinner and top with our copycat big mac sauce recipe!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 5

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 1 Small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Thousand island dressing
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 Hamburger buns
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced pickles

Instructions 

  • Brown the ground beef with the onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • When the meat is fully cooked, add the thousand island dressing, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce is heated.
  • To serve, spoon the mixture onto a bun and top with a piece of cheese. Top with lettuce and sliced pickles, then place the bun on top.

Notes

Nutrition values are estimates and should be verified. 
See post for more detailed tips and variation ideas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 638kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 1327mg, Potassium: 455mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 391IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 314mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beef
Cuisine: American

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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