Homemade Big Mac

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We’re taking this iconic burger and simply making it better. Much, much better.

If you’re like us, you have a love/hate relationship with this sandwich.  It’s tasty, but not really satisfying. Especially an hour or so after you at it. Well, just wait until you try this version.

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How To Make a Homemade Big Mac

McDonald’s is truly a legendary American phenomenon with an incredible history.

We’re not here to disparage this thriving institution.

We’re just going to take their most popular food item and make it even better. Way better.

A homemade Big Mac sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Making the Perfect Hamburger Bun

One of the most important components of making the best Big Mac in the history of the world is the hamburger bun.

Homemade is the way to go. We simply MUST make our Perfect Hamburger Buns.

EXPERT TIP: Our homemade buns are light and fluffy and really are ideal for making a Big Mac at home. They are tall enough to easily cut them into three buns. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut the top off the bun, then cut the remainder of the bun in half. Be sure to butter all cuts sides of the buns and toast them in a hot skillet, or ideally, a griddle.

A person slicing the top of a sesame bun off and then that same person cutting the bun in half and the 3 layers of the sliced bun on a baking rack.

Elevating the Flavor of the Beef

If we’re going to do this right, we need to make the beef patty one that is of the highest flavor.

That’s right. We’re going to grind our own meat with our trusty meat grinder.

We use a combination of top sirloin and brisket, about ½ pound of each.

A person standing behind a free-standing meat grinder with ground beef coming out of the grinder and falling into a white bowl on the counter.

How To Make a Smash Burger

Big Mac hamburger patties are notoriously thin. Practically see-through.

We’re going to make a thin patty, but we’re going to make sure it’s still big on flavor and texture.

To make the perfect smash burger:

  1. Pull together 3 ounces of the ground meat and gently form it into a ball.
  2. Add vegetable oil to your griddle (or skillet) over medium-high heat, and flatten the ball of meat with the palm of your hand.
  3. Salt and pepper and smash with a spatula and something heavy such as a hamburger press.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes, pressing down on the patty frequently.
  5. Flip and salt and pepper on the other side.
  6. Place cheese on the patty and cook for another 1 minute.
  7. Remove from the griddle.

A person holding a ball of ground beef and then that person flattening the meat on a sizzling griddle with a large spatula.

Making the burger smash-style locks in that amazing sirloin and brisket flavor and creates an amazing crusty on the exterior of the patty.

The original Big Mac has only one slice of American cheese.

That won’t do. We highly recommend adding one slice on both patties.

A smash burger that has been flipped on a sizzling griddle and then that same burger with a slice of American cheese placed on top of it.

Building the Perfect Homemade Big Mac

When you make the Perfect Hamburger Buns, you might as well make our Homemade Russian Dressing.

Now, it’s time to build the burger!

On the bottom and middle buns, add a nice thick layer of the homemade Russian dressing, then a layer of chopped iceberg lettuce, and then a nice layer of sliced hamburger dill pickles.

And then, top all this off with the smash burgers with cheese.

A person spooning Russian dressing onto a bottom hamburger bun and then that person placing lettuce and pickles on it and then a hamburger patty with cheese on top.

When To Serve

When we decided to re-create a Big Mac at home, we really weren’t 100% sure how it would turn out.

We can honestly say, without hesitation, this is one of the best, if not THE BEST, burgers we’ve ever made or eaten.

You’ll want to make these for friends and family as soon as possible. It’s really that good.

A homemade Big Mac hamburger sitting on a cutting board with Russian dressing dripping from one of the patties.

We are so excited to share this amazing burger with you!

And the amazing thing is, once you make the buns and Russian dressing (which can easily be made in advance), the burgers come together very quickly!

It’s a big bite…but you will not believe how good it is after that first bite.

A pair of hands holding a homemade Big Mac hamburger with a bite taken out it.

We’re not trying to say anything negative about McDonald’s.

We’re really not.

But folks…take a look at this:

A McDonald's Big Mac sitting next to a homemade Big Mac both on a wooden cutting board.

Ready to make the best double-decker burger that every fast-food food joint in the world will be jealous of? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A homemade Big Mac sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Big Mac

When we decided to re-create this iconic burger at home, we had no idea how amazingly delicious it would turn out. Make this burger and you will be in awe. The hamburger buns and Russian dressing can be made 24 hours in advance. The burgers come together very quickly.
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Course: Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best burger recipe, how to make a homemade Big Mac
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Burgers and Russian Prep: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 2
Calories: 758kcal


  • Meat grinder
  • Griddle (or skillet, such as cast-iron)
  • One or two large spatulas, and preferably a meat press


  • 2 hamburger buns Cut into thirds (click link for recipe)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ lb top sirloin cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • ½ lb brisket cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • ¼ cup Russian dressing click link for recipe
  • ½ cup Iceberg lettuce shredded
  • ¼ cup hamburger pickles


  • Heat your griddle to medium-high heat (or if using a skillet, heat over medium-high heat)
  • Butter the cut side of all buns.
  • Toast the cut sides of all the buns until lightly browned. Set aside.
  • Run the sirloin and brisket through the meat grinder with the large hole disc. After the meat has been completely ground, run it through again.
  • Use a spatula to spread the oil around on the griddle. Make the bottom of the spatula is oiled (this will help to keep the meat from sticking to it).
  • Form four 3 oz. balls of meat in your hand. Carefully flatten one ball on the hot griddle. Use a spatula and meat press to completely flatten the meat. Repeat with the remaining balls of meat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, continuing to press down with the spatula and press.
  • Use the spatula to gently separate the patties from the griddle or skillet. Flip each patty and top with each one with a slice of cheese. Let cook for 1 minute and then remove the patties from the griddle or skillet.
  • Build the Big Mac by adding a thick layer of Russian dressing on the bottom bun and middle bun. Add a layer of shredded lettuce and then pickles. Top with each prepared bun with a cheese smash burger. Top with the top bun and serve at once.


Be sure to check out the video of us making this amazing hamburger.  You will find it near the top of the blog post.  And, if you liked the video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel
See the blog post for links to all the tools we used to create this burger. 
The buns and Russian dressing can be made up to 24 hours in advance.  Gently wrap the buns in foil when making in advance.  If you place them in a storage container with a tight lid, it will cause the buns to get a little soggy.  


Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 1073mg | Potassium: 918mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 838IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 551mg | Iron: 6mg
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    • Thank you, Fred!!! Let us know if you make our Big Mac and what you and your wife think of it! We knew it was going to be delicious, but we were surprised at how extra delicious it turned out!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Hey Guys,

    This looks like a big improvement on the original but you included only six of the seven essential components of a Big Mac. Just wondering if you had a specific reason for omitting the onions.


    • Hi Gord! Great to hear from you! We actually included the onions in the Dressing dressing. Just enough onion flavor! (To be honest…when we were dissecting the Big Mac…when didn’t even notice the onions!). It took us several attempts, but the end result we came up is pretty delicious!! Hope you are well! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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