As a child I was never allowed to have a McDonalds. Once I got pocket money, I occasionally snuck out and got myself a big mac. Undoubtedly the best creation Mcdonald’s has ever put together. This is not a surprise, as mcdonald’s perfectly crafts their burgers filled with fat, sugars and bits and pieces of meat. Sugar is extremely addictive, causing people to keep going back to fast food and develop long lasting health issues that are plaguing the western world.

Despite all I know about how horrible I know Big Macs are, I could not help wanting to attempt to recreate a big mac. So here is my my way of making a plant based big mac!

The most important part of the big mac of course, is the sauce.

Vegan Big Mac Sauce


  • 1/2 cup Veganaise
  • 3 finely chopped pickles
  • 2 tablespoons of minced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt

and mix!

Of course, you cannot have a big mac without the chips. Cut up potatoes, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a combination of sugar, salt and paprika make the perfect replacement for McDonald french fries.


The potatoes always take much longer to cook than expected, so its good to put them into the oven 20 minutes before commencing preparing the remainder of the meal.

Vegan Paddy

The main difference between the mcdonalds bigmac and my bigmac, is the quality of the paddy. In contrast to thin mince meat paddies, making your own allows you to pick exactly what kind of burger you want. This particular time, I enjoyed a black bean and beetroot burger. A quick 5 minutes on a pan and the bigmac is ready for assembly!

Big Mac Assembly

The bigmac order is of course, bottom to top.

  1. Bun
  2. Special Sauce
  3. Finely chopped onion
  4. Lettuce
  5. Paddy
  6. Middle Bun
  7. Special Sauce
  8. Chopped Onion
  9. Lettuce
  10. Pickle Slices
  11. Paddy
  12. Top bun!

And enjoy a guilt free vegan big mac 🙂