Big Mac Sloppy Joes

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My Big Mac sloppy Joes deliver all the flavor of our favorite fast food burger with the sensibilities of sloppy Joes to make a loose meat sandwich that will have everyone coming back for seconds and thirds.

Closeup shot of Big Mac sloppy Joe on plate.

Big Macs are one of the most iconic burgers of all time, and sloppy Joes are one of the most iconic family meals. So I decided to smash them together into one sandwich that is delicious, easy, and always a crowd-pleaser.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple ingredients that you can find in your kitchen and your grocery store.
  • It's an easy recipe that's ready in just a few minutes.
  • It has all the classic flavor of a Big Mac!

Top Tip

Cook your beef until it's not longer pink and no further. Dried out ground beef is tough, rubbery, and flavorless.

Closeup shot of Big Mac sloppy Joe on plate


The ingredients for this recipe are very simple. You probably have most of them in your kitchen right now, and the ones you don't have are easily found at your local grocery store. The main players are listed here, but you'll find the complete list of ingredients along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Meat Mixture

  • Ground beef
  • Diced onions


  • Mayonnaise
  • Minced dill pickles
  • Sugar
  • Mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika

Additional Ingredients:

  • Sesame seed buns
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Shredded lettuce
Overhead shot of individual sandwich ingredients on table


This is very straightforward recipe to make, and it's very beginner-friendly. The highlights are right here, but see the recipe card at the end of the post for the full instructions.

1: Cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to the pan.

Closeup overhead shot of beef and onions in skillet
Overhread shot of cooked beef and onions in skillet

2: Combine all the sauce ingredients.

Closeup overhead shot of Big Mac sauce ingredients in mixing bowl with spatula

3: Add half the sauce to the beef and stir.

Overhead shot of Big Mac sloppy Joes mixture in skillet

4: Assemble the Big Mac sloppy Joes.

Overhead shot of bun topped with cheddar cheese slice and Big Mac sloppy Joe mixture
Overhread shot of bun topped with cheese, meat mixture, pickles, lettuce, and Big Mac sauce.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use ground turkey in place of ground beef
  • You can use dill pickle relish in place of diced dill pickles
  • Try toasting your buns before assembling the Big Mac sloppy Joes


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Skillet
  • Spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Refrigerator: Store the Big Mac beef mixture in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Freezer: Store the beef mixture in an air-tight, freeze-safe container for up to a month.

Make Ahead: Make the beef mixture in advance, then heat it up when ready to assemble the sloppy Joes.

Reheat: To reheat the leftover meat mixture, place it in a skillet over medium heat. Then cook, stirring, until heated through.

Closeup shot of Big Mac sloppy Joe on plate

What to Serve with Sloppy Joes

These Big Mac sloppy Joes are the perfect combination of the classic loose meat sandwich and classic McDonald's burger. Luckily, the same sides go perfectly with both. Serve up these sloppy Joes with:

  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Tater tots
  • Chips
  • Coleslaw
  • Mac and cheese
  • Baked beans
  • All your favorite summer sides


  • Don't overcook your beef. As soon as it's browned, stop. You don't want dried-out, tough, rubbery beef.
  • If your meat mixture has cooled too much by the time you make your sauce, simply heat it up over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • For more flavor, you can toast your buns with a bit of butter.
Closeup shot of Big Mac sloppy Joes on plate


Who created the Big Mac?

Jim Delligatti created the Big Mac at one of his McDonald's kitchens in 1967.

Who invented sloppy Joes?

They were invented in 1930 by a cook named Joe who worked at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa. He added tomato sauce to his loose meat sandwiches, and thus, the sloppy Joe was born.

What do Big Mac sloppy Joes taste like?

They tast like a Big Mac. The loose meat is mixed with Big Mac sauce.

Other Big Mac Recipes

Yield: 4 servings

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

Big Mac sloppy Joes combine the deliciousness of sloppy Joes with the flavors of a Big Mac! It's the best beefy mashup you'll ever eat.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • Meat Mixture Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup minced dill pickles
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • 4 sesame seed buns
  • 4 cheddar cheese slices
  • ½ cup sliced dill pickles
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce


  1. Place ground beef, onions, salt, and pepper in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. While cooking, break meat into small pieces.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes or until all pink is gone.
  4. Drain extra grease off of meat.
  5. Prepare sauce by mixing all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Add half of the sauce to the meat and stir well. **If meat has cooled, you can heat it over medium heat before assembling the sandwiches.
  7. To assemble, place a slice of cheese on each bun.
  8. Spoon sloppy joe mixture over top of cheese.
  9. Add lettuce, pickle slices, spoonful of sauce, and top of bun.
  10. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1082Total Fat 77gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 50gCholesterol 178mgSodium 2371mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 4gSugar 12gProtein 52g

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