McDonald's Famous "Special Sauce" Recipe

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  • 11 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 1 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 cup (serves 8)
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This "top-secret recipe" is from a McDonald's Manager's Handbook published in 1969. It was meant to be used only as an emergency recipe for stores that ran out of the pre-made sauce that each store used on the Big Macs®. But, this page in the handbook was quickly removed for fear of other burger chains learning and using the top-secret sauce. But, it was too late. The recipe somehow got out and was made public the next year and has been available ever since.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup salad dressing (like Miracle Whip® )
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons French salad dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion (dried, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. In a medium microwave-safe container, mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Microwave on high power for 25 seconds, and stir well again.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. The sauce will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.