The classic fast-food favorite…made bite size! These Mini Big Mac Sliders are just as delicious as the iconic McDonalds burger and easy to make at home in 30 minute or less!
Copycat Big Mac Sliders
There is no burger better known or better loved than the McDonalds Big Mac. I’m not even sure what is the best part — those delicious little onions, the tangy special sauce, or all of it together?!
Now that the world is starting to open back up again, I look forward to being able to get together with family and friends like we used to do. These mini hamburger sliders would be so fun to make for a tailgate party, family game night, birthday party, or backyard cookout!
I love this recipe because it only takes about 30 minutes total time to make, from start to finish. And of course, because these Big Mac sliders really do taste like their inspiration!
With this recipe for homemade Big Mac Sliders, you’ll never need to drive through anywhere ever again! With the perfect blend of meat, cheese, sauce, and veggies, these Big Mac Sliders fill those cravings perfectly!
Dare I say, they may even be better than the original??
Related: For another awesome fast food copycat recipe, try our Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard!
Hamburger Sliders Ingredients
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- Ground Beef — We used 70/30 to make our patty (more on ground beef types below)
- Seasoning Salt
- Slider Rolls — We love to use Hawaiian dinner rolls for our sliders because they are so flavorful!
- Sliced pickles — Dill pickles (Try our homemade dill pickle recipe!)
- Shredded Lettuce — Iceberg is traditional, though you can totally use what you have on hand
- White onion — finely chopped
- American cheese — You’ll need about a dozen slices (each slice can cover about 2 sliders but you’ll be using two layers)
- Copycat “Special Sauce” (ingredients below)
Big Mac Sauce Ingredients
- Sweet pickle relish
- Apple cider vinegar
We also use a touch of garlic powder and onion powder, but those are optional and you can make the sauce without them if needed.
Keep reading for detailed step-by-step photo instructions for our mini hamburger sliders. There’s also a printable recipe card with full ingredient amounts at the bottom of the post.
Kitchen Tools Used
This recipe requires just a few minutes of prep time and 10 minutes cook time, so it comes together in 30 minutes or less!
To Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F and prep a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
1. Prepare the Beef Patties
Press about 2 lbs of seasoned ground beef into a flat rectangle on your prepared pan, about 1/2″ thick. You want the beef to be about the same size and shape as the sheet of slider rolls. Keep in mind that the beef may reduce slightly while cooking.
Bake the hamburger until an inserted thermometer reads 145°F (about 10 minutes). Keep an eye on it as it bakes because it may cook a little faster or slower depending on how flat you pressed the meat.
While the beef cooks, slice the slider rolls in half through the middle, so that you have two “sheets” of rolls — so that the bottoms of the sliders are one separate sheet and the tops are another. Try to keep the rolls from breaking apart.
Set the bottom sheet of slider buns on a serving platter or cutting board.
Whisk together all of the Big Mac sauce ingredients in a small bowl, until smooth.
2. Build Your Burgers
Spread a generous layer of special sauce on the bottom buns. Add a layer of shredded lettuce and sprinkle of chopped onions.
Next, add a slayer of sliced cheese and pickles. Top this with the cooked burger patties. I recommend doing this while the meat is still warm so it will melt the cheese.
Add another layer of cheese and pickles.
Add another layer of Big Mac sauce, lettuce, and onions.
Place the remaining half of the slider buns on top, slice, and enjoy!
TIP: Serve with our crispy homemade baked French fries and ketchup!
- To save time, you can use Thousand Island Dressing for your burger sauce. It’s very close in taste and consistency to the Big Mac special sauce.
- The classic Big Mac is served on a Sesame Seed bun. To re-create this effect at home, brush the top bun sheet with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can use white vinegar in the special sauce instead.
- Feel free to add a sprinkle of slat and/or black pepper to your burger-patties if you like.
- If you don’t have an oven or prefer not to use one, you can cook your patties the old fashioned way in a large skillet. You may need to break them into smaller pieces for this, which is why I think the oven method is a bit easier. But both will work!
- Looking for a low carb version? Try this Keto Big Mac Salad Recipe! It’s got all the flavor…without the carbs!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Build the Sliders First, Then Bake?
With many slider recipes, you build your sandwiches first and then bake everything together in the baking dish. However, since we are using hamburger meat, we want to make sure that the ground beef is cooked all the way.
If you baked the beef on top of the buns, the meet wouldn’t crisp up on the edges and and it might not cook all the way through. It would also make the buns soggy when you bake.
It might seem like a tad extra effort to cook the meat separately and THEN build the sliders, but I promise it’s really not! Plus, the end result is much better this way!
What Fat Percentage is Best for Burgers?
When buying ground beef, you’ll notice that the packages are labeled with ratios or percentages. This is the meat to fat ratio – it’s common to see everything from 70/30 to 98/3.
When making burgers, the more fat in the meat, the juicier they’ll be. Keep in mind that a lot of the fat cooks off, but having it there to start with helps the meat retain moisture.
You’re welcome to use lean beef if that’s what you prefer, but taste-wise, we like to use 70/30 for our ground beef mixture. This makes sure they’re extra juicy and don’t dry out while cooking.
More of our Favorite Homemade Slider Recipes:
Big Mac Sliders Recipe (Printable Recipe Card)
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Copycat Big Mac Sliders
- Baking sheet
- Mixing bowls
- 2 lbs ground beef 70/30
- 2 Tablespoons seasoning salt
- 12 Slider Rolls
- 1 cup dill pickles sliced
- 2 cups lettuce shredded
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 12 slices American cheese
- 1/2 cup Big Mac Sauce recipe below
For the Big Mac Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons sweet relish
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
How To Prepare The Beef Patties
- Work seasoning salt into the ground beef, then press the beef into a flat rectangle on your prepared baking sheet. You want it to be about the same dimensions as the sheet of slider rolls and about 1/2" thick.
- Bake beef about 10 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the middle reads 145°F.
- Slice the rolls in half through the middle so that you have two "sheets" of buns: the top half and the bottom half.
- Place bottom half of the slider buns on a tray or cutting board.
Copycat Big Mac Sauce
- Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl until well combined.
How to Layer the Sliders
- Bottom sheet of slider buns, half of the Big Mac sauce, half of the shredded lettuce, half of the chopped onions
- Half of the sliced cheese and pickles
- Cooked hamburger meat (still warm)
- Remaining sliced cheese, pickles, lettuce, onions, and Big Mac sauce
- Add slider bun tops, slice and serve.
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