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McDonalds Bagel Sauce Recipe

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Are you missing McDonald’s breakfast bagel and its creamy, delicious sauce?

McDonald’s Bagel sauce, aka breakfast sauce, became a victim of the pandemic when McDonald’s stopped selling this popular breakfast sandwich.

Though recently spotted at a few locations around the country, McDonald’s has yet to say whether they’ll roll it out nationwide anytime soon.

So what can you do if you’re craving that creamy goodness and it’s nowhere to be found?

Luckily, I’ve put together a McDonalds Bagel sauce recipe with the same great taste as the original. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home.

And don’t worry. You won’t need any unique ingredients or special equipment to make this delicious sauce.

However, the key is to let your sauce rest to give it time for the flavors to develop.

Just one taste, and you’ll swear it’s the real thing.

In addition, the savory and tangy flavors will enhance so many of your favorite foods that you’ll be looking for more ways to use it, from fish to chicken, even as a delicious salad dressing.

So if you’re missing the great taste of McDonald’s breakfast bagel, read on for an authentic McDonalds Bagel sauce recipe that’s super easy to make at home.

What Do You Need To Make McDonalds Bagel Sauce



I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for a richer, creamier flavor, but you can use your favorite store-bought brand.

However, I wouldn’t recommend using Miracle Whip as it will significantly change the taste of your sauce.

Yellow Mustard 

The mustard gives your sauce some tang.

Feel free to substitute Dijon or whole-grained mustard as you desire.

Lemon Juic

If at all possible, use fresh lemons.

However, you can use one tablespoon of bottled lemon juice if you don’t have access to fresh lemons.

Steak Sauce

Adds a touch of savory flavor. I like to use Heinz 57 for my McDonalds Bagel sauce, but you can use your favorite brand.

Fresh Dill

Fresh minced dill is a crucial ingredient in McDonalds bagel sauce.

If you can’t find fresh, you can use dried dill.

However, be sure to reduce the amount by half and taste it before adding more because dried dill has a more intense flavor than fresh.

Salt and Black Pepper

I recommend using coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Be sure to taste it so you don’t over-season the sauce.


  • Cutting board and knife (to mince the fresh dill)
  • Non-reactive mixing bowl
  • Whisk, spoon, or spatula

How To Make McDonalds Bagel Sauce

Step One: First, add all the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Step Two: Then, mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended together.

Step Three: Next, taste your sauce, adjust any of the ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.

Step Four: IMPORTANT: place your sauce in an airtight container and allow it to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving. This gives the flavors time to develop and meld together.

Step Five: If you desire, you can heat your sauce before serving or use it chilled.


Other Things To Consider When Making McDonalds Bagel Sauce

You Can Customize Your Bagel Sauce

This McDonalds Bagel sauce recipe makes an authentic tasting breakfast sauce that tastes great all by itself.

But you can easily change the ingredients to make some delicious variations.

For example, add Thai chili or garlic paste to give your sauce a unique Asian flavor that goes great with seared tuna.

I like adding two minced garlic cloves to my sauce to intensify the flavor.

And sometimes, I’ll substitute fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or chives, for the dill.

Or you can use Dijon mustard instead of yellow for a sophisticated tangy flavor.

Leave out the steak sauce (or don’t) for a quick and easy hollandaise sauce substitute that goes great with eggs benedict, fish, and chicken.

You can spice up your sauce with a pinch (or two) of ground cayenne pepper or a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce.

The bottom line, try out some different variations. You might discover a version that tastes even better than the original.

What Can I Eat with McDonalds Bagel Sauce

Originally served on McDonald’s breakfast bagel sandwiches, this versatile sauce packs the perfect blend of savory and tang that will make all your favorite dishes taste even better!

  • The fresh dill pairs well with grilled salmon.
  • Makes a great dipping sauce for fresh veggies.
  • Use it instead of mayonnaise for a delicious sandwich spread.
  • Omit the steak sauce (or don’t) for a quick hollandaise sauce that goes great on eggs benedict, grilled fish, and chicken.
  • Drizzle over asparagus for a delicious vegetable side.
  • Tastes great with all kinds of fried or roasted potatoes.
  • Thin it with some olive oil for a delicious salad dressing.
  • The rich, tangy flavor of McDonalds Bagel sauce pairs well with an ice-cold Summer Ale or chilled glass of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Make More Than You Need

This flavorful sauce goes great with so many of your favorite foods that you’ll want to make sure you always have some on hand.

However, you don’t want to be caught waiting for the flavors to meld.

So go ahead and double up the recipe.

Extra sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container, though I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.

Quick Tip: I like to make my sauce the night before using it to give the flavors plenty of time to develop.

Yield: Yield: 1 cup of sauce (approx 12 servings)

McDonalds Bagel Sauce Recipe

McDonalds Bagel Sauce

This McDonalds Bagel Sauce Recipe is full of flavor, even more so if you can be patient enough to let it develop in the fridge. Nevertheless, this breakfast sauce pairs well with so many different foods - it's worth the wait!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 7 minutes


  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of prepared yellow mustard
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the mayonnaise, yellow mustard, lemon juice, steak sauce, and fresh dill in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Then mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended throughout the sauce.
  3. Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. IMPORTANT: allow your sauce to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours to give time for the flavors to develop.
  6. Optional: heat your sauce before serving, or use it chilled.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Spice up your sauce with a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper or a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce.
  • Add two cloves of garlic or a ½ a teaspoon of garlic powder for a more intense flavor.
  • Use other fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, or oregano, instead of dill.
  • Substitute Dijon mustard for the yellow for a flavorful sauce that goes great with grilled fish and chicken.
  • Omit the steak sauce for a quick and easy hollandaise sauce substitute.
  • A little Thai chili paste will give your sauce a unique Asian flavor that goes great with seared tuna.
  • Add lemon zest to give your sauce some zing.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 50mgNet Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0g

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