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Big Mac Chaffle

Big Macs were always a favorite of mine when we’d hit up the drive through and this low carb version on a soft, fluffy Chaffle is absolutely perfect! The Big Mac sauce takes these over the top delicious!

big mac chaffle in a women's hand

I know it’s totally not popular to admit to loving fast food, but I can’t help myself.

I just love a good fast food burger every now and then. 

So, when I discovered the goodness of a chaffle, I knew I would be making cheeseburger chaffles until the day I died. But why stop at a plain old cheeseburger chaffle? Why not go big with a Big Mac Chaffle? 

Wondering what exactly a chaffle is? Go check out my post and chaffle recipe! I’ve answered all the FAQ’s and provided all the info you need to get started chaffling! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing low carb recipe!

chaffle cheeseburger with thousand island and lettuce

These are so good, you guys. 

Best part? They were ready in less than 30 minutes and tasted like a total cheat meal. Obsessed.

How to make a cheeseburger chaffle:

To start, gather all your ingredients. This goes quick, so it’s best to get everything ready to go.

ingredients for cheeseburger chaffle on cutting board

For ONE Big Mac chaffle, you’ll need 1/3 pound of ground beef, 2 slices of cheese, a couple pickle slices, a small handful of shredded lettuce, and a sprinkling of minced onion. You’re also going to want some Big Mac sauce ready to go…keep scrolling down and we’ll get to that recipe.

The chaffle itself consists of 1 egg, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, and a dash of garlic salt.

I like to separate the ground beef into two balls and pop them on a griddle. Flatten them with a salad plate to get nice, uniform patties that are really thin and authentic. They cook in just about 2-3 minutes per side when they’re thin like this.

I season my ground beef with garlic salt, but salt and pepper plus MSG is probably more authentic to McDonald’s. 

two chaffles and two cheeseburger

Add your cheese, stack your patties, and pop them on your chaffle.

The chaffle is just egg, cheese, and garlic salt whisked together and cooked in a mini waffle iron for 2-3 minutes per side. I do this while the burgers are cooking.

Big Mac Sauce: 

The key to a Big Mac is most definitely the sauce!

Our version is a bit different than McDonald’s, because we don’t want all of the sugar they use, but the taste is very close and I think you’ll love it!

thousand island dressing in a jar with a spoon

You’ll need mayo, sugar-free ketchup, relish, vinegar, and salt!

This is basically my recipe for Thousand Island Dressing, but shrunk down quite a bit. Feel free to make the full batch of dressing for your salads and burgers!

big mac sauce on chaffle

Special Tools Needed:

You are going to want a mini waffle maker for this recipe. It makes the perfect sized hamburger buns!

I use the Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Don’t worry – you can order from Amazon for around $10 and I almost guarantee you won’t regret the purchase!

You’ll see that they’re most likely backordered. Everyone is obsessed with chaffles! I’d recommend ordering anyway as I’m hearing from readers that they are still shipping much sooner than anticipated!

Dash waffle maker

It heats quickly, cooks quickly, takes up barely any space, and it comes in a variety of cute colors. I have the aqua. 

If you want to make more than 1 mini waffle at a time, check out this one:

If you plan to make chaffles for a family, this should work great! It would really help to have this one if you’re making these cheeseburger chaffles for the whole family!

double cheeseburger with lettuce with chaffles as the bun

More chaffle recipes to try: 

Pumpkin Chaffles: That’s right, our favorite flavor has been chaffled!

Italian Cream Chaffle Cake: Decadent and somehow still low carb!

Blueberry Cinnamon Chaffle: Looks like the best breakfast!

Garlic Cheese Stick Chaffles: Serving this up tonight!

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chaffle used as bread making a cheeseburger

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Big Mac Chaffle

These cheeseburger chaffles taste like my favorite fast food burger, right down to the secret sauce! Feel free to double or even quadruple this recipe if you're feeding more than one!

Yield 1 Big Mac
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the cheeseburgers:

  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 slices American cheese

For the Chaffles:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

For the Big Mac Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle relish
  • splash vinegar, to taste

To assemble:

  • 2 tablespoons shredded lettuce
  • 3-4 dill pickles
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion

Instructions

To make the burgers:

Heat a griddle over medium high heat.

Divide the ground beef into 2 equal sized balls and place each on the griddle, at least 6 inches apart.

Let cook for 1 minute.

Use a small salad plate to firmly press straight down on the balls of beef to flatten. Sprinkle with garlic salt.

Cook 2 minutes or until halfway cooked through. Flip the burgers carefully and sprinkle with remaining garlic salt.

Continue cooking 2 minutes or until cooked through.

Place one slice of cheese over each patty and then stack the patties and set aside on a plate. Cover with foil.

To make the chaffles:

Heat the mini waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray.

Whisk together the egg, cheese, and garlic salt until well combined.

Add half of the egg mixture to the waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes. Set aside and repeat with remaining batter.

To make the Big Mac Sauce:

Whisk together all ingredients.

To assemble burgers:

Top one chaffle with the stacked burger patties, shredded lettuce, pickles, and onions.

Spread the Big Mac sauce over the other chaffle and place sauce side down over the sandwich.

Eat immediately.

Notes

Feel free to double or quadruple this recipe.

I find it easiest to make the Big Mac sauce in advance and then cook the chaffles while the burgers are cooking. This looks like a lot of steps, but all goes very quickly.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 831Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 382mgSodium: 3494mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 65g

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49 thoughts on “Big Mac Chaffle”

  1. This is still a ton of calories. I was going to make this, but it’s going to make me go over my limit.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m sorry you’re having issues with the recipe video. It’s playing fine on my end, although it is for a different recipe. I don’t have a video of this one, so it’s playing a video for another popular recipe. 🙂

  2. My family really enjoyed this recipe! I’m thinking of using the chaffle recipe to make chaffle fries next. If thin and cut up, they would be crispy like waffle fries! (I’m thinking of replicating some yummy poutine recipes I’ve seen , ie. low carb chili cheese fries) Thanks!

  3. This.is.amazing.

    I’ve made several varieties of chaffles, and all were delicious, but this is seriously a low carb game changer! Thank you!

  4. I am not crazy about waffles of any kind unless I can fill the indents with maple syrup but….your chaffles intrigued me. I made some with my waffle maker and loved them but just couldn’t do them as a bread replacement. What to…off to Amazon….well the mini dash griddle is just as effective as the cute mini dash waffle maker you recommend. I see a big Mac in my future on a nice flat Chaffle.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I cannot believe how close to a Big Mac this really is. Hubby was out at a meeting so I decided to give it a whirl because I didn’t think he would even try it. Can’t wait to make it again and prove myself wrong. First try with chaffles and it won’t be the last!

  6. Amber Castleman

    WOW!! It was so nice eating a burger with my hands again instead of a fork and knife!! I was skeptical of the chaffle. But it was good. It didn’t taste like egg and cheese! How does that happen? Next, I’m trying the Everything Chaffle! I’m so excited! Thank you!

    1. Chad Campbell

      I have no idea what magic is at play with chaffles, but no complaints from me! They’re so good! Glad you gave them a try.

      1. I already had my own version of this. Put some sesame seeds on the waffle maker, and then pour the egg mixture. Big Macs are famous for that sesame seed bun.

        I also use lean ground beef, use liquid eggs, Kraft 2% Deli American, and low-fat mozzarella. Use your imagination to create a lower fat and sodium sauce.

  7. I can only agree with everyone else…WOW! This is, by far, the best meal I’ve had so far on low carb. I’ve really not missed most things. Increasing the amount of fat and cutting the carbs in my diet has completely changed how I feel. No more sick stomach. No more constant hunger. For that alone, I’m grateful. I don’t use a scale, but I can tell my clothes are beginning to loosen. I have no trouble at all following the lifestyle… but I do love a good burger and can’t quite sell myself on using lettuce for buns. This was A PERFECT bun replacement! The sauce was delicious, too. I am so thankful that you shared this recipe!

    1. Chad Campbell

      So glad you gave this a try and loved it, Stephanie!! Great work so far – I hope you continue to love the low carb life!

  8. OMG. I made this last night, changed the sauce around a bit and made it off of the copycat Big Mac sauce recipe subbing out dill relish for sweet, adding paprika. With the Chaffle as the “Bun” I felt like I was cheating. Absolutely delicious 🙂

  9. Wren Stewart Tidwell

    In your photo it appears that there’s tiny green somethings in your chaffle bun?

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Wren! It’s just from the garlic salt…the brand I use has flecks of parsley in it.

  10. Great recipe – just a quick tip. For each bun half: add 1/8 cup of the cheese, let it melt for 15 seconds, add your egg, then add the other 1/8 cup of cheese to top. Close line and cook for 5 to 6 min. Much more crispity crunchity!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Cheryl! The full nutrition information is located in the recipe card. Total carbs on this is 8. 🙂

  11. Wow! This was unbelievably delicious! For some reason I thought it would be small but it was huge! Way better than the real thing. I may have to make it one patty next time because I couldn’t even finish one and I had been craving it for days.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Rose! So glad you enjoyed – you could definitely make with one patty or make two thinner ones. 🙂 Either way, you can’t go wrong!

  12. Karen M Goldberger

    Gotta tell you that was the best. I could not wait so I fried this mixture in the skillet. Just ordered my mini from Amazon.
    Thanks a million and looking for to your future recipes.

  13. Charlotte Brandt

    Unfortunately, American is NOT cheese. It’s frankenfood. Otherwise, this looks good. What other real cheese would you suggest as an alternative?

    1. Karly Campbell

      We love American cheese for the melty factor, but whatever you prefer on your burger will be fine. The American that comes in plastic wrappers is ‘cheese product’ but there is actual American cheese that you could use as well.

    2. Well, Charlotte, since you are so cheese smart, maybe you could come up with a variety of cheese on your own.

  14. OMG! I’ve fallen in love with the Keto Big Mac Salad…but in “chaffle” form??? ♥ You are truly my Hero ♥

  15. Michele A. Perez

    You’re a life saver! I was craving a Big Mac the other day and here it is! Thanks!

  16. Maggie Martin

    Can’t find the rating button so, heres 5 stars *****
    Hubby is a BIG MAC man, this should blow him out of the water, as soon as my mini ships!

    Thanks Karly, you are a genius

    Maggie

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