McMac Burger Sliders

My foodie guilty pleasure is a road trip with a Big Mac and a large fry with honey mustard to dip.  My mom did not allow my sis and I to eat McDonald’s growing up, so when Mary and I would take road trips together as teenagers – even if it was just to the town over! – we would secretly go through the drive thru, get a Big Mac and a McChicken to share.  Now, all my road trips must include a Big Mac pit stop!

The Jolly Hostess twist this week takes the Big Mac in slider form and allows you to enjoy this guilty pleasure at home or at your next party. This recipe is not a calorie-loser, but one for you to indulge and love in every cheesy and meaty bite.  Sometimes, these McMacs are totally worth the calories, so savor, make a healthy option like Skinny Wraps with Horseradish Aioli next time and soon you’ll have earned the right for these delish burgers again.


12 slider buns

2 tsb Thousand Island dressing

36 dill pickle chips

1/4 cup white onion, diced

3 slices of American cheese, cut in fourths

1 lb 85% lean ground beef

Makes a dozen sliders; Prep Time: 20 mins; Cook Time: 25 mins

Prep your onion and cheese, set your condiments in prep bowls – an organized kitchen is an efficient kitchen!

Lay out the beef on a cutting board, top with another cutting board (the flexible ones work best) and using a rolling pin – or wine bottle – roll out thin. Using a glass, cut out 2″ circles for your patties. Make that wine bottle a Pinot Noir and it’ll be great compliment to sip with this app!

Grill patties on medium heat for 2-4 mins on each side until cooked. Layer cheese on top for 1 min until melty.

For assembly, using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of Thousand Island dressing on each side of the bun.  Order of ingredients goes: patty with cheese, three pickles, and a tiny handful of onion. Top with bun top.

Serve immediately.

The last time I made McMacs, my girlfriends asked for a healthier option for our side.  Instead of making Potato French Fries, I did Avocado fries: See here!


*McDonald’s uses a “specal sauce” for their Big Macs.  Please note that these McMacs are made with Thousand Island dressing, as I have not found the secret to the “special sauce”. However, I think this sauce comes pretty damn close!



  1. Christine McMurtry


    FYI, I’m pretty sure the “Secret Sauce” from McDonald’s is basically Kraft Sandwich Spread. It can be found in the Mayonnaise/Miracle Whip section of the grocery store. Buy a whole bunch….we are trying to get three kids through college, so Uncle David would appreciate the boost in his Kraft Retirement plan! Love your Jolly Hostess site. You are doing an excellent job! Love you too. Aunt Chris


  2. Aunt Chris – you’re joking! HA! Leave it to kraft. =) I’m on it, girlfriend. Thanks so much, I’m glad you are enjoying it!

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