Big Mac Stuffing

Big Mac Stuffing

Who in the world would put the idea of stuffing and big macs together? ME! That’s who. This stuffing came out absolutely amazing. When you eat it there is no question that you are eating a stuffing, and also no question that it is big mac flavored. It’s so savory and fatty and creamy and pickley and everything you want in a big mac stuffing. But how in the world did this recipe come about?

The story of this recipe

Big Macs are delicious. We can all be food snobs and pretend like they aren’t, but the fact is, big macs were developed by scientists for optimal deliciousness. If you don’t believe me, I bet you haven’t had one in a while, and I really bet that you haven’t had one drunk in a while.

This recipe came to me a few days after thanksgiving last year when I was (surprise!) eating a big mac (and probably drunk?) I was thinking about what makes the burger good. Its of course not the burger itself. It has more to do with the interplay of the cheap bread, special sauce, cheese, pickles, and crunchy lettuce. For some reason it came to me that the ratios of meat to bread to flavorings are similar to that of stuffing. Probably because I had just eaten a ton of stuffing!

My first thought was that it would be fun to literally buy 8 big macs, chop them up, stir in some chicken stock, and bake it off as a stuffing. Well I sobered up, realized I didn’t want to spend 40 bucks at McDonalds, and had almost a whole year to develop this recipe before Thanksgiving came around next.

Prep the buns

Prepping the bread

I bought extra buns because I wasn’t sure how many I would need. Turns out 8 is the answer. 1 pack. Chop them up and toast them lightly in the oven.

Making the special sauce

The photo on the left here is the special sauce coming together, then on the right I added some egg and chicken stock to it. The special sauce is basically a homemade thousand island and every time I make it I wonder why I don’t make it all the time! If you want a basic traditional thousand island recipe, check out this one.

making the dressing

Ingredients in the sauce

  • mayo
  • ketchup
  • sriracha
  • mustard
  • pickle juice
  • dill pickle
  • paprika
  • garlic
  • onion
  • stock
  • egg

Make the Big Mac Stuffing

Put the bread into a big bowl with the beef, then add in the dressing.

meat and bread in the bowl, then the dressing

The buns have been toasted and the meat has been browned in a little butter.

cheese, onion, and pickles are important in big mac stuffing

Pickle and onion. Then the cheese! You don’t need much, it still tastes really cheesy. In other news, why don’t we put cheese in stuffing more often?

Baking the Big Mac Stuffing

Pour it into a baking dish. This goes into a 325 oven for a half hour.

big mac stuffing ready for the oven

Ready for the oven! At this stage you could cover this and store it in the fridge for a few days or bring it to your friends house to bake.

big mac stuffing ready for the oven

When it comes out its crisp, creamy, cheesy, bready, and just completely amazing. If someone actually stuffs a bird with this, it will totally make my holiday season!

big mac stuffing!

In case you didn’t notice, it’s also over the top fatty, so eat with caution! If you have this as a side with your dinner it will be fine, just don’t eat it as your whole meal like I did! OOPS!

big mac stuffing!

Had to show you the scooped out shot!

big mac stuffing on a plate

Wait aren’t we forgetting something? Oh yea, that lettuce! The lettuce is very important to make it really taste like a big mac. Serve some lettuce on the side to add to the top. I sometimes just add it to the top of the casserole because if you keep it on the side people will forget.

big mac stuffing with lettuce on top

Twists on big mac stuffing

I love this just how it is honestly. But if you wanted to make other burger stuffings I think that would be fun! How about a cowboy burger stuffing? Maybe with some bbq sauce and onion straws on top? Or a bacon blue burger stuffing?

If you want more fun stuffing ideas though, check out my tater tot stuffing, everything bagel stuffing, or my cubano sandwich stuffing!

Big Mac Stuffing

A thanksgiving stuffing dish that tastes like a big mac
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 365kcal



  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 5 large dill pickle chips finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 egg


  • 8 sesame seed buns The real cheap kind
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup diced pickles
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 head iceburg lettuce Finely Shredded


  • Mix all of the sauce ingredients and whisk vigorously with a fork. Be sure to take note of how amazing it tastes (possibly before adding the egg).
  • Chop up the bread into small cubes and lay on large sheet pan. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally, to lightly brown and dry out.
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan and add in the beef with ample salt and pepper. Stir the beef to brown and fully cook. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix the bread with the beef/butter mixture. Stir in the onion and pickle, followed by the secret sauce. Stir well. Pour into a baking dish. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. While its in the oven, shred the lettuce very finely. Top with the lettuce before serving.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1403mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 3mg


  1. Sprinkling some more Sesame seeds on to before our the oven (or just after, or during) might make it look pretty and taste even better.

  2. I don’t trust anyone who says they dont like McDonalds… anyone who says big macs aren’t delicious is also a god damnned liar (unless you’re a vegetarian in that case whatever) make this for thanksgiving please.

  3. This is aggressive. And hilarious. I def do not have an appreciation for big macs, my McD item of choice back in my meat-eating days was the McChicken sandwich. But this is quite creative

  4. This is so cool. You rock Dan! Some of my strongest childhood food memories revolve around McDonalds. Once in a while I will I say “this tastes like a Big Mac” when something is delicious and has just the right blend of flavors…my wife tends to get grossed out at that point. But I really like your idea. I think a Big Mac salad could also be awesome, with the sauce turned into dressing, the buns turned into croutons, etc. Maybe then the ratio of vegetables would be higher and it would be a little less of a gut bomb… Keep up the awesome cooking!

  5. I’m not going to stuff a bird with it, but I am going to stuff myself with it. The sesame seed buns are waiting on the counter…

  6. This is really cool. I love it. Guess I won’t take your advice serve it as side but it will be my dinner. Now I can have my big mac with spoon or I am thinking to use the lettuce to wrap it and eat. Guess both nice. 🙂

  7. Hi,
    Sorry to bother you in vacation… I’m about to make this… could this stuffing go inside the turkey as stuffing or is it just casserole “stuffing”?

  8. OK my bad I just read the comment on the last picture… It’s my first turkey and I’m shoving a big mac up its “tail”… i’ll let you know how it turns out to see if it makes your holidays.

  9. Just a note: the step-by-step recipe at the end of the post doesn’t explicitly mention when to add the cheese — you might want to give it a mention.

  10. This looks tasty. What do you think about substituting block American cheese for cheddar cheese? That may give this recipe a more authentic Big Mac taste…

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