McDonald’s Special Sauce Recipe and Video

McDonald’s Special Sauce isn’t a secret anymore. The McDonald’s secret sauce is easy to make, and can be made in a couple of minutes.  Although the McDonald’s Special Sauce goes well on a Big Mac, it also goes well on a sandwich. India relish can be found at your local grocery store. India relish is a type of pickle relish, just like there is dill relish.

Make your own McDona's Secret Sauce from scratch

This is a great sauce to make at home. A lot of people think it is Thousand Island salad dressing, but that salad dressing is very thin, this is a thicker sauce. Some people tell me that people make this in the store, they don’t make it the store, it comes in tubes now a days. It is dispensed from something that looks like a caulking gun over your burger.

It is super easy to make this recipe. I love to make this up whenever I grill burgers. This secret sauce is a great alternative to ketchup. I find this stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week if you store it in an air tight container. So it will last for a few days. It also tastes great on a sandwich as well.

There is one ingredient in here that you may not be familiar with, it is India relish. Heinz makes this type of pickle relish; it is a sweeter relish than dill, and it has a different flavor. I think this type of relish is critical to making this sauce.

I hope you give this a recipe a try and be sure to check out my many other copycat recipes, and you can be the judge on how close they taste to what is in the restaurant.

I have other McDonald’s CopyKat Recipes
Homemade Big Mac
McDonald’s Egg White Delight
McDonald’s Strawberry Smoothie
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

McDonald's Secret Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: CopyKat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Salad Dressings
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 1
McDonald's Secret Sauce

This sauce is is so good the kids will love it on their sandwiches or their burgers!


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons India relish, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing


Mix all ingredients well. Let stand for at least 20 minutes, allowing to sit overnight is desired.

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  • Deb

    If you like your own sauce use it, If it comes close to Mickey D’S, that’s good. Everyone likes their own it seems. Unless they give you that secret recipe who really knows for sure. I have made it also used the recipe I had, tasted like it, so it was maybe my secret sauce. Who knows. Enjoy your mixture.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thanks Deb. I am always surprised how many people have this recipe, and how they are all different. This is my best attempt 😉

  • Cat Reed

    I have used thousand island dressing on my burgers….and almost…but no…it is not the same sauce as McDonalds….i love that sauce.

  • Will

    All these recipes are way off there is no ketchup its mayo,mustard, sweet relish,onion powder,granulated garlic and paprika.

    you can just go to youtube McDonalds has a video showing you how to make mac sauce at home. Quit mixing ketchup mayo and relish your not making some sort of terrible hotdog.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thanks Will.

  • kkbarringer

    The sauce is
    1 cup miricle whip
    2 Tbs. Dill relish
    2 Tbs sugar
    2 Tbs katchup
    mix well.
    I mix it to taste, so add or subtract what you like. We made this for our salad before they put thousand island in a bottle.
    That’s all mc Donalds uses

  • Lorna Schinske

    I worked at a McDonalds in Ft Pierce FL in the late 1970’s. I opened up #10 cans of the “special sauce”. The labels said “Thousand Island Dressing”. Then the labels changed. The new labels (slapped on top of the old labels) said “McDonalds Special Sauce” yet was still the same old “Thousand Island Dressing” both on the label and in the can.

  • DeeDee

    this is the recipe that i know of 1/4 cup salad dressing( miracle whip) 1/4 cup mayo, 3 tbs french dressing, 1/2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish, 1 1/2 tbs. dill pickle relish , 1 tsp sugar 1 tbs hydrated onions. mix together heat in microwave 25 sec remove and stir repeat then place in refrig for hr before serving. enjoy !!

  • DeeDee

    there is hydrated onions in the sauce this recipe is not correct.

  • Dweyer

    Can’t be true. Worked at McDonald’s for quite a few years and I’m positively sure there’s onion in the sauce.

  • Erin Hernandez

    it’s a simple thousand island dressing.try it at home on your own burgers and you’ll see, just like Mc’d

  • Ednastrickland88

    Its ketchup, relish and mayo.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Great thanks for your tips.

  • Claire

    There has to be more to it. Your sauce is white while McD’s is somewhat orange.

    • Stephanie Manley

      My sauce is somewhat orange.

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