Big Macs to McNuggets — make your own McDonald's meals at home with our top tips

YOU can no longer stroll into a McDonald’s to pick up a burger and chips as the chain has banned customers from entering.

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But you can get your fast-food hit without leaving the house.

THEA JACOBS tells you how to make your fave Maccy D meals at home.

The Big Mac


  • 1 large dill pickle, thinly sliced
  • ¼ head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • ¼ white onion, finely chopped
  • 200g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sesame seed burger bun
  • 2 slices of Cheddar cheese
  • For the Big Mac sauce:
  • 150g mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 tsp mild mustard
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sweet smoked paprika


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the Big Mac sauce in a bowl. Add salt to taste, then place in the fridge to chill until the main burger is ready.
  2. Chop your dill pickles, lettuce and onion until you are left with small chunks or ­slices.
  3. Season the mince with salt and ­pepper, form into two balls then flatten into patties, each one measuring 6in across.
  4. Fry the two patties in oil for two minutes each side. While frying, lightly toast the hamburger bun under the grill.
  5. Assemble burger, placing the cheese under the two patties and putting chopped pickles, lettuce, onion and Big Mac sauce on top of each burger.

Chicken McNuggets

THIS recipe was created by Rob Nixon, of online cookery show Nicko’s Kitchen.


  • 3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 128g cornflour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • For the batter:
  • 236ml water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 64g cornflour
  • 128g plain flour


  1. Trim all the fat off your chicken breasts and place into a blender. Add a tablespoon of salt and crack an egg over the top. Blend the mixture until it becomes a mix of paste and ground chicken breast. In a separate bowl put 128g cornflour.
  2. With wet hands, shape your chicken mix into the classic nugget shape, dip in the cornflour and gently shake off the excess and put it aside on a tray.
  3. Make the batter by mixing the water, egg, mustard, garlic, onion powder, pepper and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add the cornflour and plain flour and mix thoroughly with a whisk.
  5. You are looking to create a thin batter.
  6. Once it is ready, coat your pre-made nuggets in the batter, allow the excess to drip off then place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Freeze for one hour. Once frozen, deep fry the nuggets in vegetable oil, first for five minutes, then drain and rest for a further five before deep-frying again for four minutes.
  8. Ta-da! You now have the perfect nuggets.

Sausage & Egg McMuffin


  • 75g minced pork
  • Pinch of dried sage
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 English muffin


  1. Season a handful of minced pork with a pinch of sage, thyme plus salt and ­pepper.
  2. Form into a golf ball-sized lump and flatten with your hand. Pop the sausage patty into a hot frying pan. Turn after a ­couple of minutes until brown on both sides.
  3. Grease a cookie cutter and place in another pan. Crack an egg into it and pop a lid on the pan so it cooks evenly.
  4. To assemble the McMuffin, layer a slice of the American cheese on the bottom half of a toasted English muffin.
  5. Pop the sausage patty on top and slide the egg on.
  6. Top it off with the lid of the bun.

McChicken Sandwich

RECIPE created by TikTok user Joshuah Nishi.


  • 1 skinless chicken breast
  • 1 burger bun
  • 1 iceberg lettuce
  • Blob of mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 120g flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Trim the fat off the chicken breast and blend until smooth. Put mixture into a bowl and stir through salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
  2. Shape the chicken into patties and place on a baking tray. Then put the patties in the freezer for 90 minutes.
  3. Shred the lettuce. Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it with salt. In a second bowl mix flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. Remove the patties from the freezer. Dip them in the dry mix, then the wet one and back in the dry mix. Heat oil in a pan over a high heat and fry the patties five minutes each side.
  5. Assemble the bun with lettuce on one half, mayonnaise on the other. Pop the burger in the middle.

McDonald's Fries


  • 4 large potatoes
  • Salt


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into long, skinny strips around 5mm thick. Soak in water for around 20 minutes.
  2. Heat up a deep-fat fryer or vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add the fries and cook for around 12 minutes until light and crispy.
  3. Remove from the oil and pat dry with kitchen paper. Season liberally with salt.

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