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Big Mac Sloppy Joes

Big Mac Sloppy Joes: A Twist on a Classic Favorite


We’ve put a little twist on the classic sloppy joes and skipped the sweet tomato sauce in favor of Big Mac sauce! These sandwiches are so much better than the drive-thru version and quick to make. Get ready to indulge in a flavorful American classic with a modern twist.


For the Meat Mixture:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper

For the Mac Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dill relish
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the Sandwiches:

  • 6 sesame seed buns
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 12 dill pickle chips


Making the Meat Mixture:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until the meat has cooked through. Drain any excess grease from the skillet.
  2. Season the mixture with Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Remove from the heat.

Making the Mac Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the Mac sauce and stir well to combine.

Assembling the Sandwiches:

  1. Stir 1/2 cup of Mac sauce into the meat mixture to combine.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce on the bottom half of each bun. Top with a slice of cheese.
  3. Spoon the meat mixture over the top of the cheese.
  4. Drizzle a spoonful of Mac sauce over the meat on each sandwich, to taste.
  5. Top each sandwich with 3 pickles and the top bun.
  6. Serve hot.


  • Three Buns: The classic Big Mac has 3 pieces of bun. We skip that middle bun, but you can feel free to add it. Just use two bottom pieces of buns and one top piece per sandwich. Layer the sandwich with bottom bun, sauce, lettuce, cheese, meat, bottom bun, sauce, lettuce, cheese, meat, pickles, and finish with the top bun.
  • Sauce: You may not want the full amount of sauce. Any leftovers will store in the fridge, covered, for up to a week. It also makes a great dip for french fries.


Enjoy the delicious twist of Big Mac Sloppy Joes for a quick and satisfying meal. Whether you’re craving a taste of nostalgia or a new take on a classic, these sandwiches are sure to please your taste buds. Serve them up for lunch, dinner, or even at your next gathering for a crowd-pleasing dish that everyone will love.

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Tips for Perfect Big Mac Sloppy Joes:

  1. Customize the Sauce: Adjust the amount of Mac sauce according to your preference. If you prefer a saucier sandwich, add more sauce. You can also tweak the ingredients to suit your taste buds.
  2. Mix and Match Cheeses: While American cheese is traditional, feel free to experiment with other cheese varieties like cheddar, Swiss, or pepper jack for a different flavor profile.
  3. Prep Ahead: Save time by preparing the meat mixture and Mac sauce ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator separately and assemble the sandwiches when ready to eat.
  4. Toast the Buns: For added texture and flavor, lightly toast the sesame seed buns before assembling the sandwiches. This helps prevent them from becoming soggy from the sauce and meat mixture.
  5. Double the Recipe: Big Mac Sloppy Joes are perfect for feeding a crowd. Double or triple the recipe as needed for parties or gatherings.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
A: Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef if you prefer a leaner option. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary slightly.

Q: Can I make the Mac sauce ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! The Mac sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply give it a stir before using it on the sandwiches.

Q: Can I use homemade pickles instead of store-bought?
A: Yes, homemade pickles can be used instead of store-bought dill pickle chips. Feel free to experiment with different types of pickles or even add other toppings like sliced onions or tomatoes.

Q: Are sesame seed buns necessary?
A: While sesame seed buns are traditional for Big Macs, you can use any type of bun you prefer for the sandwiches. Brioche buns, whole wheat buns, or even pretzel buns would work well.

Q: How do I store leftover sandwiches?
A: If you have leftover sandwiches, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat them in the microwave or oven until warmed through before serving.