Vegan Big Mac

This Vegan Big Mac is a copycat recipe you will love. Two all-plant patties, Vegan Special Sauce, lettuce, vegan cheese, pickles, onions, on a dairy-free bun. Sung to whatever tune comes to mind. If you love indulgent vegan sandwiches, you’ve come to the right place!

A close-up of a vegan Big Mac sandwich, featuring two veggie burgers, special sauce, lettuce, and more!

My last name is McMillen. My dad was a college football player so, you can guess, he was a big guy. That’s why he oftentimes went by the nickname ‘Big Mac’. When you grow up in a small town and people call your dad Big Mac, it gives you a sense of importance. I may not have carried any social weight myself in that small town, but most everyone knew my dad… for better or for worse. Sometimes definitely for worse!

My dad was also fairly well known for eating not just one but two hamburgers in a sitting. That’s why I’m naming this sandwich, the Vegan Big Mac, after him. He would have liked it that way.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using Impossible Burgers or your favorite plant-based meat burger creates a rich vegan burger experience
  • Making your own vegan special sauce creates the distinctive flavor, just like you get at the restaurant
  • You can make 5 burgers, including that famous center bun, with 8 hamburger buns, using the heel and a sliced top of the 3 remaining buns

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Dairy-free buns — You can buy dairy-free buns quite easily these days. Make them look iconic by selecting ones with sesame seeds on top. Or you can make your own vegan buns by using this vegan hot dog buns recipe. You’ll need 8 buns to make 5 vegan Big Mac sandwiches.
  • Veggie burgers — This is a great time to use plant-based burgers, like Impossible Burgers or Pureland Farm Burgers. There are many to choose from these days. Or see below for some homemade veggie burger options.
  • Vegan special sauce — This is the sauce that changes everything. I like keeping it around for all my veggie burgers.
  • Lettuce — Any lettuce will do, but I like using finely chopped romaine.
  • Vegan cheese slices — You can buy vegan American cheese slices or cheddar slices. My favorite is Daiya cheddar slices.
  • Pickles — Use dill or sweet pickle slices.
  • Onions — You’ll need just a bit of finely chopped white or yellow onions.

How to Make Vegan Big Mac

  1. Cook the veggie burgers according to the instructions.
  2. Prepare 5 buns for toasting by spreading vegan butter over the cut side and placing them buttered side down on the griddle, cooking until a light golden brown.
  3. Create 5 middle buns from the remaining buns. Use the 3 bottom buns as is, and cut 2 of the top buns, removing a sliver from the top to create 2 additional middle buns. Butter both sides of the middle buns and toast them on both sides.
  4. Assemble the sandwich beginning with the bottom toasted bun. Top it with: vegan Big Mac sauce, onions, lettuce, cheese, vegan burger, and the middle bun, vegan Big Mac sauce, onion, lettuce, patty, 3 pickle slices, and the top bun.
  5. Repeat this with the remaining burgers, buns, and toppings.

How Do I Make Big Mac Sauce?

The special sauce on this vegan Big Mac is what helps it stand out. The good news is that it’s very easy to make Big Mac sauce.

Make your own vegan Big Mac sauce by combining these ingredients:

  • vegan mayo
  • french dressing
  • sweet relish
  • sliced green onions
  • vinegar
  • sugar

You can add this special sauce to any veggie burger, vegan hot dog, or even a grilled cheese sandwich. I may have been guilty of dipping a chip or two in this sauce, but please don’t tell anyone!

A vegan Big Mac sandwich sits in front of two more in the background.

More Veggie Burger Recipes

Use any of these veggie burgers to create a vegan Big Mac. I recommend making thinner patties because you’ll be adding two per sandwich.

A vegan Big Mac sits on a plate in front of two more sandwiches in the background.

Vegan Big Mac

It’s time you enjoyed the copycat recipe for a Vegan Big Mac!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 617kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 8 dairy-free hamburger buns
  • 10 vegan burgers (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter , softened
  • 5 vegan cheese slices
  • cup vegan Big Mac sauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped greens , like romaine or iceberg
  • 3 tablespoons minced onions
  • 15 sliced pickles (sweet or dill)

Instructions

  • Cook the veggie burgers according to the package instructions.
  • Prepare 5 buns for toasting by spreading vegan butter over the cut side and placing them buttered side down on the griddle, cooking until a light golden brown.
  • Create 5 middle buns from the remaining buns. Use the 3 bottom buns as is, and cut 2 of the top buns, removing a sliver from the top to create 2 additional middle buns. Butter both sides of the middle buns and toast them on both sides.
  • Create your vegan Big Macs, beginning with the bottom bun. Top it with: vegan Big Mac sauce, onions, lettuce, cheese, vegan burger, and the middle bun, vegan Big Mac sauce, onion, lettuce, patty, 3 pickle slices, and the top bun. Repeat this with the remaining burgers.

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Notes

Make your vegan burgers homemade or you can use Impossible Burgers.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Big Mac
Amount Per Serving
Calories 617 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 1107mg46%
Potassium 611mg17%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

That’s it for this vegan Big Mac recipe. Enjoy!

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

54 Responses to Vegan Big Mac

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBecky Mortson Reply

    Now that is one huge burger! I want one!!! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Becky! It is one big burger. It puts a whole new perspective on “what’s for dinner!”

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenni Reply

    This is the best. Seriously! I love that you did this for your daughter and named it for your dad. Now just tell your girl child that I think your little song is awesome!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Miss Jenni! I’ll do one better than that. I’ll sing this to my girl child ’til she can’t stand listening to it one more time. Kind of like what we all had to go through with the commercial!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJulie Reply

    Love the idea of a pinto quinoa patty!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Julie! I have to admit, they’re pretty darn tasty!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlytanya Reply

    That jingle was totally running through my head as I was reading your post! This a serious Big Mac! I would be very, very happy with this burger!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I have random days where that song breaks out in my head. Brilliant marketing I guess! Now I have new words for the tune. 😉

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySamantha Reply

    Whoa! What a great recipe. A healthy version of a classic. I’m totally singing the big mac song now.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’ll sing with you. How could such a simple tune get so stuck in your head. That’s what I wanna know!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJessica (Savory Experiments) Reply

    I had to laugh just looking at the title because it is so contradictory- but I love it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I know – it is kind of crazy. Right? I don’t know what I’m thinking half the time. But, hey, it keeps life interesting that way!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen Reply

    Ah-mazing! Pinned!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Lindsay!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie | Big Bear's Wife Reply

    I’m not into Big Macs BUT I think I could get into this!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Making your own version of fast food can put a whole new spin on it!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie Reply

    This looks a 1000 times better than the actual Big Mac. I’ll take two!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m with you. Thanks, Angie!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMeredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent Reply

    Even though I am not a fan of pinto beans, I will try them with this recipe, because this looks delicious! 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      They can be an acquired taste, but they worked perfectly in these burgers, especially coupled with the red quinoa. I hope you love it as much as we have!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTraci | Vanilla And Bean Reply

    My mouth is watering! Whaaa??? This burger is incredible! No big macs for me either, but I’ll take this! That vegan special sauce.. and that burger! I love pinto beans with the addition of quinoa and all of the seasonings! Thanks, Marly! Pure inspiration!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks so much!! I love it when I get in that inspired zone. Mostly that happens in the kitchen. 😉

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom Reply

    These look absolutely delicious!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Kelly!

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyApril Reply

    This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it. Love the new jingle too.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It’s a little wordy, but it works. So glad you like it!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren Kelly Nutrition Reply

    I love everything about this! Gorgeous picture too!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ah, thanks Lauren!

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula - bell'alimento Reply

    This is a Big Mac I would actually eat! : ) Nom Nom Nom

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Me too! We have SO much in common! 😉

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLana @ Never Enough Thyme Reply

    Although I don’t eat vegan, I recognize the commitment that it takes to follow that diet. I admire you for sticking to your commitment and making something that both fits your lifestyle and is a tribute to your father. Bravo!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Lana. Some days it’s definitely harder than others. When things like this are in the fridge, it’s not only easy…but a darn tasty way to live!

  17. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyColleen (Souffle Bombay) Reply

    Great story behind the dish! I would totally enjoy this Big Mac!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Colleen!

  18. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBrenda@SugarFreeMom Reply

    It looks wonderful! I love that you used red quinoa!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Brenda. I’m new to using red quinoa but seriously am loving it!

  19. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRebecca {foodie with family} Reply

    I would way rather eat this than a ‘regular’ Big Mac. It looks amazing!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Rebecca!

  20. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHappyForks - diet analysis tool Reply

    You provide that even Big Mac can be healthy! And what is more important, delicious without meat

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Life without meat can absolutely be delicious! Thanks for your comment!

  21. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyElizabeth@ Food Ramblings Reply

    For me, it looks a lot tastier than a Big Mac!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  22. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySandy@ReluctantEntertainer Reply

    This looks amazing, Marly! Thank you for sharing and Happy Fourth of July!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Sandy! Happy Fourth to you too. Somehow I imagine you’ll be celebrating with a party! 😉

  23. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySusan Reply

    This is an amazing looking burger and I’d take it any day before the one from the golden arches! I love the story of your dad Big Mac!

  24. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTieghan Reply

    Whoa!! This is incredible! I cannot wait to try it out this weekend. YUMM!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Tieghan! I hope you love them as much as we do!

  25. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKellie @ The Suburban Soapbox Reply

    Love, love, love this! Can’t wait to try it!

  26. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngela {Mind Over Batter} Reply

    My daughter has never had a big mac either. Or a hot pocket, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. I love this! I have a mostly vegetarian daughter (I’m not vegetarian, she’s just not all that partial to meat), and she would love this!

  27. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShaina Reply

    Perfection. I am in love with sprouts on sandwiches, so I can’t wait to try them on this burger!

  28. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMickey Reply

    GENIUS!!! Thank you! Will now be our go to burger!

  29. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren Mellon Reply

    Hi! Question for non vegans. I don’t have nutrional yeast and can’t shop. Can I sub out the flax and yeast for an egg?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lauren. Thanks for your comment. You can leave the nutritional yeast flakes out. I might add in just a bit more garlic powder. Regarding the flax, if you’ don’t have an aversion to gluten, just sub a tablespoon of all-purpose flour. The point of the flax is to act as a binder and flour serves that purpose as well. I hope this is helpful!

  30. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMichelle Reply

    This is the best vegan burger ever!

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