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All Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese…

on September 9, 2013

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Tell me you don't want this!

Tell me you don’t want this!

In other words, a homemade Big Mac!  Missed the title reference?  It’s from an 80’s McDonalds commercial.  Check it out here: 80’s Big Mac Commercial

Catchy, huh?  Who doesn’t love a Big Mac?!  My hubs sure does and I can’t say that I approve of him getting one very often.  I know, I know, who am I to say what he eats?  He’s a grown man – as he reminds me every now and then (like when I give him the eye for adding extra salt to something that I’ve already seasoned well).  Anyway, I thought making a big mac at home in a healthier way would deter him from going through the drive through.  Plus, I think these are seriously yummy, too.

Now when I say healthier, I mean lean organic meat.  I still use sesame seed buns and the processed American cheese.  I think these are essential parts of the Big Mac flavor.  However, if you want to try whole wheat buns and real cheese, have at it!

The first time I made these I did the whole two patties, extra bun bottom thing and though it made it more true to the real thing, I don’t think it’s necessary.  Now we just make ours more like a “regular” burger, but we still scarf them down like a Big Mac!

By the way, this is what I mean by a press in the instructions below:

Not necessary, but helpful!

Not necessary, but helpful!


  • Sauce:
    • ½ c light mayo
    • ¼ c French dressing
    • 1 ½ T finely diced onion
    • 2 T pickle relish
    • a splash of white vinegar
    • a dash or two of salt
  • Sandwich:
    • 1 pound extra lean organic ground beef
    • salt and pepper
    • 4 slices American cheese
    • 4 sesame seed buns
    • ¼ c finely diced onion
    • 2 c shredded lettuce
    • ¼ c sliced dill pickles


  1. Combine the sauce ingredients.
  2. Form ground beef into 4 thin patties.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and place on a hot griddle pan.  Use a press if you have one.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook for another two minutes or so until cooked through.
  5. Place a slice of cheese on top until it’s all yummy, melty.
  6. Assemble the sandwich with an all beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him mix the sauce ingredients. My kiddo gets a kick out of adding a pinch of salt.
  • He can unwrap the cheese slices.
  • Let him arrange the sauce, pickles, onions and lettuce on the buns.

This recipe is modified slightly from: Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice


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