McDonald’s is a favourite for most people. Who can forget the first time they tried Chicken McNuggets as a child or a Big Mac? For most of us, it brings back great memories. Lately, the menu prices have gotten high, and what used to be a $3 combo is now double the price or more. Good thing there are Mcdonald’s copycat recipes out there, so we can make many of these in our kitchen!

Of McDonald’s fans (and even those that don’t eat at McDonald’s very often) is the Shamrock Shake, Egg McMuffin, hash browns, Big Mac, and more. 

So put down your car keys before you hit the drive-thru and find the perfect McDonald’s recipes

Mcdonalds copycat recipes list

1. Shamrock Shake

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The Everyday Mom Life 

In 1960, Bill O’Dell from the ad agency D’Arcy-MacManus & Masius created a new campaign for McDonald’s that would forever change their approach to marketing towards children. In 1963, their “Shamrock Shake” became a popular year-round favourite but was very limited in its availability.

Since then, it has become a yearly tradition to see the green-tinted milkshake on the menu of McDonald’s during March.

Now you can Make the famous Shamrock shake at home just remember the food colouring


2. Chicken Nuggets

mcdonalds chicken nuggeat copycat recipe


Well, I couldn’t find the perfect chicken nugget Recipe – it seems none of the ones I found tasted exactly like McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets – I know McDonald’s always uses Peanut oil – so that is something to consider when frying them. These Nuggets look like the ones from McDonald’s menu.

Using  real chicken instead of the one from food giant would be this reason:

“Only 40 percent of the McNugget was chicken muscle tissue, or what you might call meat. The other 60 percent included blood vessels, skin, nerves and fat.”

3. McDonald’s Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Dinner at the Zoo 

The crispy breading outside and the tender chicken inside make a delicious bite every time! The breading is very crunchy and tasty, and it’s also not too greasy. Plus, it has no bones, so you can enjoy them easily!

 4. Apple Pie copycat McDonald’s recipes

mcdonalds apple pie copycat recipe

 Dinner at The Zoo

A homemade apple pie filling encased in pastry and deep-fried to flaky perfection, just like McDonald’s Apple Pie. The result of this Apple pie recipe is a crispy golden-brown crust with soft apple filling, deep-fried to perfection. The best part? You can customize it to your liking by adding other ingredients like cinnamon or brown sugar.

5. McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

mcdonalds egg mcmuffin copycat recipe

 Adventures of Mel

This Micky d’s egg sandwich is made with Canadian bacon, eggs, and American cheese – on an English muffin, a tremendous homemade big breakfast sandwich for busy mornings! Save yourself the trip to the golden arches, and make this recipe! Just remember about the bottom bun!  No longer have to wait in the drive-thru. Get the real thing by cooking a meal at home.

6. McDonald’s Copycat Big Mac Special Sauce

Big Mac Sauce with three buns pictured


According to this Blogger: Big Mac Sauce secret ingredient is not Thousand Island dressing.  You will have to see what he thinks is inauthentic Big Mac Sauce. Sounds yummy nonetheless! The taste is darn close to the real thing! Now to add it on your quarter pounder or on any beef patty.

McDonald’s issued the following statement about the big mac special sauce!

As we have always said, McDonald’s national burger recipe is a secret, but we can assure you that our Big Mac Special Sauce ingredients are not only similar, but they also adhere to the same guidelines as Ketchup. We cannot confirm details of how one of our sauces is made.

7. McDonald’s copycat Big Mac Recipe

Big MAC from Mcdonalds

 Raining Hot Coupons

If you wanted to know how to make a McDonalds Big Macs  – Well, now you can try your culinary skills at home! Required is some ground beef to create the beef patties, American cheese, shredded lettuce, minced onion, and just the right amount of sauce

McDonald’s originally proposed the product to be named “Seabrook McDLT.” However, for an unknown reason it was instead introduced as the Big Mac (the idea was that the Big Mac worked with everything) on April 21, 1968, at McDonald’s restaurants in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; on May 15, 1968, it was added to the national menu.

8. McDonald’s Iced Coffee

Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe

Perfect Brew 

Why post a bland copycat recipe of plain ole iced coffee when you could make a Caramel Iced Coffee Copy Recipe?

Use your leftover brewed coffee as the base of the drink and start adding their ingredients, and if you want plain old iced coffee, leave out the caramel and whipped topping.  Making coffee in ice cubes will also be a time saver in your home.


9. McDonald’s Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap.

mcdonalds copycat sweet chii chicken wrap

Suppose you love sweet chilli sauce and lower-calorie delights. In that case, you might want to try this recipe out that has both chicken and sweet chilli sauce – a real party in your mouth with just medium heat from the sauce and has a warm sweet taste—great sandwich to make to take in your bagged lunch instead of eating at a fast-food joint.

10. McDonald’s Southwest Salad

McDonalds Southwest Salad coycat

The Girl on Bloor 

I love a Southern Tasting Salad, just like Mcdonald’s southwest salad; well, here’s a recipe with lots of steps, but it’s fresh and yummy!

Crispy fried Chicken strips chopped, and veggies including lettuce, black beans, tortilla strips, diced tomatoes, corn, and cilantro if desired.

A Great Family Lunch idea to make on a hot summer day or spice up your routine during the winter.

11. McDonald’s Copycat French Fries

fries to create as mcdonalds copycat recipes


I disagree with this blog about Micky d’s french fries  – I swear the fries are deep-fried in  Peanut Oil and not Canola oil! But maybe I am wrong. I know the secret to french fries is a tad bit of sugar with salt.

The special ingredients  for McDonald’s French Fries are still a secret,

Remember to use a Good Starchy potato-like Russell to get the fries crispy.


How are you enjoying these McDonald’s copycat recipes so far? 

12. McDonald Hashbrowns

Hashbrowns like Mcdonalds

Emily Made 

Perfect hash browns are golden and crispy on the outside and hot and juicy on the inside is the trick to making this breakfast delight when making a Mcdonald copycat recipe, and Emily has hit the nail on the head when it comes to recreating these McDonald’s hash browns at home, and now you can too!



Tarter Sauce Copycat Recipe - pictures is mcdonalds tarter sauce in a bowl

an affair from the heart

If you love McDonald’s Fish burgers – the secret is in the sauce – Tarter sauce, that is! Get both instructions at the same time for the burger and the sauce.

McDonald’s uses a tangy tartar sauce on their Fish sandwich. It is an American classic known by everyone who has tried fish. Savoury and flavorful, this simple yet delicious sauce can be made at home with just a few ingredients – mayonnaise, dill pickle juice, sweet relish lemon juice and spices.


How do you love these copycat recipes? 


14. McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce

McDonalds Hot Sauce Recipe


This is some serious stuff; a little goes a long way and is enough for several burgers. You will be met with a strong, spicy smell. Now I’m addicted to mustard sauces in general, but this one has got to be my favourite by far. The sauce itself is very thick and coats the back of your tongue in fantastic flavour Try making your own dipping sauces.

15. Oreo McFlurry

Mcflury in a mason jar with oreo cookies

Scrambled Chef 

Oreo McFlurry is yummy and highly addictive. It is one of the most popular McFlurry flavours available at McDonald’s. It is so good and so simple to make that we can’t resist having it more than just once a month. Oreo flavoured ice cream blended with chocolate sauce and oreo cookies crumbs topped with whipped cream and oreo cookies crumbs. Even as grownups we still love a great mcFurry

16. Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry

Cadbury Creme milkshake

Grab some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and  Cadbury Eggs, follow the recipe, and enjoy your easter treat all year long.  Creamy and delightful, just as found at a local McDonald’s fast food restaurant location.

17. McDonald’s Caramel Frappe

Caramel Frappe in a bug

The Cookie Rookie 

McDonald’s Caramel Frappe is famous for a reason: it’s delicious! and The Cookie Rookie has a recipe you can easily make at home with a few simple ingredients, coffee ice cubes whipped cream being the topper, not to mention Caramel sauce,

18. McCafe Caramel Cappaccino

caramel cappuccino


With a base of brewed coffee, a splash of milk or cream caramel sauce, and whipped cream, you can make an at-home Caramel Cappuccino that tastes just as good as those from the best cafés.

19. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Son Shine Kitchen 

If you’re looking for a refreshing summer drink, this Strawberry Banana Smoothie should be at the top of your list! This Drink is not overly sweet, so if you do not like overly sweet drinks, you will still love this. Using frozen strawberries will be the key to getting this nice and pink  or use vanilla yogurt for a variation.

20. How to Make a McDonald’s Shake

Strawberry shake recipe for mcdonalds filled with whipped topping

Whether you love Strawberry, Chocolate, or Vanilla shakes from the golden arches of McDonald’s, here’s a great place to get any of your three favourite shake recipes to recreate at home before spending money at a fast-food restaurant.

21. McDonald’s Holiday Pie

Holiday pie copycat

The Novice Chef Blog

If you are a Pie person and love McDonald’s Apple Pie, Maybe give the Holiday Pie Recipe a try,

It’s a handheld pie filled with creamy vanilla custard that resembles the taste of a sugar cookie!

Have you enjoyed these McDonald’s copycat recipes?

Which of these recipes are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments!

You can also save money by trying some of these McDonald’s coupons. Enjoy the free stuff!