Sloppy Macs

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If you want to get a little nostalgic with your weeknight meals, you got try my latest mash-up of two classics. You know how it goes…special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun (I know you sang that). I have taken the classic sloppy joe and the iconic flavors of the Big Mac to serve to you Sloppy Macs! The whole family loved this one, not a single leftover.

Sloppy Macs

Though it is not one of my favorite ingredients, you have got to use the American Cheese slices for this recipe if you want to the real flavor of the big mac to come through. You also need to use real mayonnaise to get the right flavor for the special sauce. If you can only find sweet relish for the sauce, that’s okay to sub out.

Sloppy Macs

You could serve these as full sized burgers or you could make fun little sliders if you wanted. Since the sesame seeds are an important component you will want to find some buns with them. If you can’t find any, you can use plain buns. Just brush the tops with melted butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 350degF for 5 minutes.

Sloppy Macs

If you have any extra special sauce left, it makes an excellent dip for fries, tots or onion rings (which ever you choose to serve on the side). Sometimes my kids just whip up a small amount of the sauce to put on a sandwich or other burgers. You can use it for all sorts of things really.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Sloppy Macs

A fun combination of two classics – the sloppy joe and the big mac burger makes for a tasty weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, ground beef, ground beef recipes, lettuce, pickles, sloppy joe, special sauce, white onion
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 6 Sesame Seed Buns
  • 6 slices American Cheese
  • 2 cups Iceberg Lettuce shredded
  • ½ White Onion thinly sliced
  • 24 Dill Pickle Chips

For the Special Sauce

  • 1 cup Mayonaise
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • ½ cup Dill Pickle Relish
  • ¼ cup White Vinegar


  • Combine the special sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add ground beef, dried minced onions, salt and pepper. Cook and crumble until no longer pink.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in half of the special sauce. Let simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Add portion of ground meat to bottom bun and immediately top with slice of cheese. Next layer on lettuce, onion, four pickles and top bun smeared with additional special sauce. Press down slightly to help it stay together.

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