McDonalds Breakfast Sauce Recipe

McDonalds breakfast sauce is an iconic flavor that you’ll never forget if you grew up going to breakfast under the golden arches. Sadly, McDonald’s discontinued this delicious condiment from their breakfast menu. 

However, the good news is that plenty of folks on the internet have played around with copycat versions. We tried many! After a few tweaks, we settled on the below recipe as the absolute best and closest to the original sauce.

What does McDonald’s breakfast sauce taste like?

McDonald’s breakfast sauce tastes like childhood. No, just kidding. The actual condiment or sauce (call it what you will) has savory and zesty flavors.

It has a creamy texture and a tart and tangy flavor. It’s perfect to use not only on your favorite breakfast foods but also on french fries, sandwiches, and veggies. It’s the perfect compliment to dozens of dishes, not just your typical McMuffin sandwich.

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What is McDonald’s breakfast sauce made of?

Though you can tweak the recipe to your own specific taste, there are a few staple ingredients for the breakfast sauce.

Mayonnaise -mayonnaise is the base of this sauce. If you’re vegan, you can also use vegan mayonnaise

Black pepper – In addition to ground black pepper, if you’re looking to up the spice level, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Yellow mustard – Yellow mustard helps add zest and spice to this sauce’s recipe. But you can use any mustard you want. 

Steak sauce – A1 steak sauce is a great option. You might even be surprised by some of its ingredients. A few that you probably weren’t expecting are anchovies, raisins, and tomatoes. The combination is what gives this steak sauce its umami flavor. (Insert drool.)

Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice is preferable, but if you don’t have it, bottled is fine. 

Onion powder – If you’re obsessed with onion and garlic powder like I am, feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste. 

Dried dill weed – Dill weed might not be a staple in your pantry, but it’s worth purchasing a bottle for this recipe specifically. Dried dill weed is made from the leaves of a dill plant. The feathery-like herb you commonly use when it’s fresh. Dill weed and dill are both the same thing.

Salt – Use salt to taste. I recommend tasting the sauce before adding additional salt. Depending on your taste, you might not want to add more salt.

How To Make McDonald’s Breakfast Sauce Recipe

  1. First, combine your wet ingredients (mayo, A1 steak sauce, lemon juice, and mustard) in a bowl. Whisk this mixture until smooth and there aren’t any lumps. 
  2. Next, add your dry ingredients and whisk again. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. Store in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
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McDonald’s Breakfast Sauce

Savory and just like being under the golden arches, but at home!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat recipe, mcdonald’s copycat breakfast sauce, mcdonalds breakfast sauce
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 89kcal


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard or mustard of choice
  • 2 tsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • small pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • salt to taste


  • First, combine your wet ingredients (mayo, A1 steak sauce, lemon juice, and mustard) in a bowl. Whisk this mixture until smooth, and there aren't any lumps.
  • Next, add your dry ingredients and whisk again. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Store in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Variations on McDonald’s Breakfast Sauce

Make it spicy – Add a dash of hot sauce for an added kick and spicy flavor. My go-to hot sauce is Frank’s Red Hot. 

Mix up your mustard – Don’t feel obligated to use yellow mustard. A few mustards to try are creamy dill mustard for an extra kick of dill or whole grain mustard for a unique and different texture. 

Make it fresh – Instead of dried dill weed, use fresh dill. For the above recipe, you’ll want to add about a tablespoon of fresh dill.

How to Store Sauce

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last up to two weeks. But we doubt it will last that long!

If you make more than one batch and have a ton left over, you can freeze it. It should last a few months. Just consider that whenever you freeze mayo, once defrosted, the texture will be different. So yes, you can freeze McDonalds breakfast sauce, but I don’t recommend it.

Using McDonald’s Breakfast Sauce 

Of all the copycat recipes we’ve made over the past year, this one is by far the most versatile. Slather it on sausages, hash browns, or eggs for a more traditional use or go crazy and use it on chicken nuggets or even a veggie dip. The options are endless! Below are a few of our favorite non-traditional uses for this copycat McDonald’s breakfast sauce.

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Looking for more copycat McDonald’s recipes? We’ve got a few for you! Try out our Shamrock shake and McDonald’s yogurt parfait recipe!

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