Ever since I was a child – I have been obsessed – addicted even – to McDonald’s. McDonald’s, specifically. No other fast food tempted me in the least. Not Burger King or Taco Bell or any of the other burger chains. Sure, I would sometimes eat a Fatburger, which inevitably made me agonizingly ill and an occasional burger from the Tommy’s on Beverly at Rampart – mainly because that Tommy’s was so old school & cool. But if there had been a McDonald’s next door, I probably would have gone there. I have always been to insanely addicted to Big Macs that as a kid – I could eat 2. And McDonald’s fries are the best on Earth.
Still – my Big Mac addiction festers without relief. The smell of McDonald’s still makes my hands want to turn into those drive-thrus – but I can’t. I won’t. I shan’t! And, yeah, I guess I could make a faux Big Mac with a veggie burger (Beyond Meat makes GREAT ones) but the shitty bun is part of the charm & the special sauce isn’t just Thousand Island – no matter what detractors try to tell you. It is more magical than that. My fake Big Mac would be off just enough to leave me feeling cheated.
And then it came to me! Big Mac PIZZA, vegan of course! That way – the differences would be more forgivable – because it wasn’t a lame Big Mac – it was a glorious Big Mac pizza!! And so I did it. After taking two heated spinning classes in 14 hours – I undid all that good – all that blood, sweat & those tears. Undid it and gave zero fucks. This pizza is the best Goddamn thing on Earth. It will be difficult not to eat these every night this week – after all – I have like an infinity of my copycat special sauce. I can’t wash that gold down the drain – when my gullet is right here craving it – wanting to drink it – inhale it.
Let me present – my Big Mac pizza!
Vegan Big Mac Pizza with Copycat McDonald’s Special Sauce
For the special sauce
3/4 cup vegan mayo
2 TBS sweet relish
2 TBS yellow mustard
2 TBS French dressing
1 tsp (or more) each: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika
For the Big Mac Pizza
Pizza dough (I used this HERE)
Vegan ground beef (I used Beyond Meat beefy crumbles)
Vegan cheese (I used some Parmela Creamery sharp cheddar, Chao original & some of my own homemade mozzarella)
Sandwich pickle slices
Onion – diced
Jalapeno – sliced (not in a real Big Mac but fuck it)
Semolina flour (optional) for rolling out the dough
Parchment paper (optional)
For the special sauce:
Whisk the ingredients together & add a bit of water to thin it. Taste it & adjust at will. I added 2 more tsp of onion powder to mine.
For the Big Mac Pizza:
Heat the oven to 450-500 degrees.
Roll out the dough (I do this in semolina flour because I find it adds to the crispiness of the crust – but regular flour is fine). Put the dough on a greased cooking sheet (I just use parchment paper – and I recommend it highly).
Top with cheeses & ground beef. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until your crust is done. I added grated mozzarella at this point & cooked it another minute but only because the pizza looked a bit barren. You can just dump the meat & cheese on there – cheese under & over the beef.
Once the crust is done – top with the remaining toppings & get your fucking eat on!