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Copycat McDonald's Recipes You Can Make at Home

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Satisfy Those Cravings

Many of us got to hone our cooking skills over the course of the pandemic. The next level: attempting to replicate our favorite restaurant meals. If you're a fan of Mickey D's, try your hand at recreating the iconic chain's world-famous menu items with these copycat McDonald's recipes. 

Jeff Rindskopf and Lacey Muszynski also contributed to this story.

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sausage mcmuffin with egg and cheese
sausage mcmuffin with egg and cheese by Derek Lo (CC BY-NC-ND)
Big Mac
Big Mac by Frédéric BISSON (CC BY)
McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

Special Sauce

Trying to replicate a Big Mac at home would be futile without the classic sauce. This recipe uses a mayo base along with pickle relish, mustard, and seasonings like paprika, onion, and garlic powder.

Recipe: Fox Valley Foodie


French Fries

Perhaps the only fast food item more popular than the Big Mac is the golden fries that come with it. Replicating the basic yet unique texture and flavor of McDonald's fries involves special attention to the shoestring thickness and the heat of the cooking oil. 

Recipe: Food.com

Related: Why McDonald's Fries Used to Taste Better

Chicken McNuggets

Chicken McNuggets

Though beloved by many, McDonald's Chicken McNuggets have been criticized for using preservatives and processed meat. Enjoy the taste clear of those concerns by using chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces and a simple breading of flour, eggs, and seasonings (you can always skip the MSG). 

Recipe: CD Kitchen

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Egg McMuffin
Egg McMuffin by Adam Kuban (CC BY-NC-ND)
 Szechuan Sauce
Szechuan Sauce by melvin imanuel (CC BY)

Szechuan Sauce

Originally released to coincide with the movie "Mulan," McDonald's Szechuan dipping sauce made a 1-day comeback a few years ago because it was featured on a popular adult cartoon "Rick and Morty." The lengths fans went to get the sauce were legendary, but it sold out fast. Now the only option is to make your own.

Recipe: Top Secret Recipes 

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