BigMac Egg Rolls are my favorite way to enjoy all the great flavors of a classic Big Mac but without the heavy bun and additives of a regular Big Mac! These taste just like a Big Mac you have to try them!
Big Mac Egg Rolls Recipe
These Big Mac Egg Rolls taste just like a Big Mac but better! Not only are they just as flavorful they are healthier than take out. Skip the bun and all the additives of a Big Mac and try these Big Mac egg rolls at home.
This recipe includes a recipe for my homemade special sauce and tastes just like the real deal! They don’t call it special sauce for fun… this sauce is truly something magical and special.
BigMac’s do not need much of an introduction, I think everyone has either had or at least heard of a BigMac at least once in their life! For me, I can’t tell you how many BigMac’s I’ve had. Not because I’m embarrassed at the high number but because I truly have lost count!
What are Egg Rolls?
Egg rolls are a fried appetizer served in American Chinese restaurants. Most commonly filled with cabbage, pork, carrot, onion and more, they are rolled into a cylindrical shape with an ‘egg roll wrapper‘.
Egg roll wrappers are a wheat flour based dough shaped into a square. Although their name includes the word egg, they do not contain any egg! When fried the egg roll wrappers turn golden brown and bubble up with a crispy exterior.
Egg Roll Flavor Variations
The egg roll is one of the most versatile appetizers with endless filling possibilities and combinations. You can turn your favorite sandwich or stir fry into an egg roll… or even your favorite dessert.
Some of the my favorites are:
- Reuben Egg Rolls – a twist on the classic deli sandwich.
- Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls – so much easier to make them classic jalapeno poppers and you don’t have to worry about the cheese oozing out while cooking!
- Spicy Salmon Egg Rolls – an easy twist on a spicy salmon sushi roll!
- Bang Bang Shrimp Egg Rolls – perfect for seafood lovers.
- Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls – I love this twist on the classic sandwich.
My favorite dessert flavor is Caramel Apple Cheesecake Egg Rolls!
What is the Difference Between Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls and Fresh Spring Rolls?
You may be familiar with these delicious appetizers but there is often confusion around these similar but very different menu items. Below are some key differences that will simplify your next takeout or restaurant order!
Wrapper (Egg Rolls vs Spring Rolls vs Fresh Spring Rolls)
- Spring Rolls (Fried Spring Rolls) are wrapped in thin flour wrappers or in some cultures rice paper wrappers. Spring roll wrappers are sold frozen whereas rice paper wrappers are sold dried in the pantry International section of grocery stores.
- Fresh Spring Rolls are wrapped in rice paper that has been quickly soaked in water to soften the wrapper. The rice paper wrapper does not need to be fried or baked to be eaten.
- Note: the rice paper wrapper used for Fried Spring Rolls and Fresh Spring Rolls is the same but the difference is one is fried and one is not.
- Egg Rolls are wrapped in a wheat based wrapper that is much thicker than a spring roll wrapper. They are sold refrigerated.
Cooking Method (Egg Rolls vs Spring Rolls vs Fresh Spring Rolls)
- Spring Rolls (Fried Spring Rolls) are most commonly deep fried (but can also be baked or air fried)
- Fresh Spring Rolls are not fried or baked. They are called fresh roll as the rice paper is left unfried.
- Egg Rolls are deep fried (but can also be baked or air fried).
Filling (Egg Rolls vs Spring Rolls vs Fresh Spring Rolls)
- Spring Rolls (Fried Spring Rolls) are commonly filled with a mix vegetables that is usually pre-cooked before rolling the spring rolls.
- Fresh Spring Rolls are filled with a combination of fresh vegetables (ex. lettuce, carrot, cabbage etc.), noodles (ex. vermicelli, mung bean, etc.) and a protein (ex. tofu, shrimp, pork, etc.). The vegetables in fresh spring rolls are most commonly left raw, hence the name ‘fresh’.
- Egg Rolls are filled with a combination vegetables (ex. cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts, etc.) and a protein (ex. ground pork, chicken, etc.) that is often pre-cooked before rolling the egg rolls.
Dipping Sauce (Egg Rolls vs Spring Rolls vs Fresh Spring Rolls)
- Spring Rolls (Fried Spring Rolls) are commonly served with plum sauce, duck sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, or Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (Nước chấm) dipping sauce.
- Fresh Spring Rolls are traditionally served with a savory peanut dipping sauce.
- Egg Rolls are commonly served with sweet and sour sauce, duck sauce and plum sauce.
Sab’s Love of BigMacs
You might find this funny coming from a food lover and food blogger but there is something nostalgic and heart warming about digging into a BigMac. Growing up the golden arches was a rare occasion so it became a treat. We did not have McDonalds often growing up and when we did it was because we were celebrating something or needed a cheer up after a long day and for some reason that special sauce can cheer me up any day!
You may not know this about me yet, but I have an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statics. To achieve my degree came 4 years of long days and nights of studying, assignments, homework, and more stress tears than you can imagine. These days and nights were often filled with BigMacs as a late night reward or simply because I was just too tired to cook. Looking back, my university years were my highest BigMac consumption years (LOL)!
Fast-forward almost 10 years later and here I am with a healthier version of one of the worlds most famous burgers! BigMac eggrolls combine two very classic flavors – egg rolls and BigMacs… and we can’t forget that magical special sauce. I love making my egg rolls in an air fryer as it cuts down on the amount of oil needed for cooking. However, I have also included cooking instructions for stove top/deep frying method and an oven baked method.
What is in Big Mac Egg Rolls?
- Ground Beef – seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Instead of shaping a burger patty the meat cooked and crumbled to mimic the texture of a classic egg roll.
- Cheese – I choose to use classic American sliced cheese to get as close as possible to the classic burger. However, you can use any cheese variety you prefer.
- Pickle – oh the classic tang of the thinly sliced pickles often so messily thrown onto a BigMac! I use dill pickles and chop them up into small bite sized pieces so they can be evenly dispersed throughout the egg roll.
- Onion – I don’t know what it is about those cute little re-hydrated onions. Maybe I’m crazy but I wish I could get my hands on a bag of those onions to use in these egg rolls. Instead I use fresh onions finely diced into small pieces to spread throughout the egg rolls.
- Sesame Seeds – to mimic the sesame seed buns from the golden arches, after the egg rolls are cooked and still shimmering from the cooking oil, sesame seeds are sprinkled on top! They add the cutest finish to these egg rolls.
- Special Sauce – is as simple as mixing together classic condiments – mayo, mustard, ketchup and relish with a splash of apple cider vinegar that brings a bit of tang to the sauce (if you do not have apple cider vinegar you can substitute with any white vinegar, i.e. white vinegar, white wine vinegar, etc.).
- Tip: you can also use Thousand Island dressing in place of special sauce, they are very similar in flavour!
How to Make Big Mac Egg Rolls
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I love air frying my egg rolls, they are just as crispy and delicious as deep fried but without all the added oil!
My favorite Air Fryers that I highly recommend:
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I have had my Cosori 5.8 Qt for 3 years and love it! I cook for a family of 5 with this basket style air fryer. This has an XL basket that is square (not round like most air fryers) so it has a large capacity which is great for 3-5 people.
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I have had my Instant Vortex Pro for 2 years and love it! This is a tray style air fryer has 2 trays and has a rotating basket (great for fries) and rotisserie. The rotisserie feature is amazing, you can cook a whole chicken! With 2 trays this air fryer is good for 3-6 people.
1 In a medium sized frying pan cook the ground beef until fully cooked, approximately 10 minutes. Drain the meat. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
2 To assemble the egg rolls place one slice of cheese in the center. Top with 2-3 spoonful’s of ground beef, a few pieces of diced pickle and onion.
3 Wet the edges of the egg roll wrapper. Fold in two opposite corners to the center and then tightly roll. Repeat with remaining egg roll wrappers.
Cook the Egg Rolls – 3 Methods for Cooking
AIR FRYER COOKING METHOD
Brush both sides of the egg rolls with oil and Air Fry at 400F for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through cooking and brush with more oil as needed. Once removed from the Air Fryer top with sesame seeds.
STOVE TOP/DEEP FRYING COOKING METHOD
Heat a deep pot with oil on medium heat. Fry the egg rolls in small batches for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and top with sesame seeds.
OVEN COOKING METHOD
Brush the egg rolls with oil on both sides. Place directly on a sheet pan lined with tin foil OR on a sheet pan with a rack. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through cooking and brush with more oil as needed. Once removed from oven top with sesame seeds.
To make the special sauce stir together all the sauce ingredients until smooth.
Serve and enjoy!
How to Reheat BigMac Egg Rolls
Use one of these 3 options to reheat your egg rolls:
AIR FRYER REHEATING METHOD
Air Fry the cooked egg rolls at 400°F for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through. The egg roll wrapper will get crispy on the outside.
OVEN REHEATING METHOD
Place cooked egg rolls directly on a sheet pan lined with tin foil OR on a sheet pan with a rack. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes. Flip halfway through reheating. The egg roll wrapper will get crispy on the outside.
MICROWAVE REHEATING METHOD
Microwave in 15 second intervals until warmed through (note: this reheating method will not make the egg roll wrapper crispy)
FAQs BigMac Egg Rolls
Egg roll wrappers are sold in the refrigerator section of grocery stores next to the chilled salad dressings, dips and tofu. If you cannot find egg roll wrappers in your local grocery store try checking your local Asian grocer, or you can use spring roll wrappers instead. For a low carb version use a low carb tortilla or wrap.
In this recipe I have included a recipe for homemade BigMac sauce however, Thousand Island Dressing is very similar to BigMac special sauce and can be used instead of the homemade special sauce.
Yes! Egg rolls are traditionally fried in oil but they can also be air fried or baked. To air fry simply brush or spray oil on the egg rolls and air fry on 400F for 5 – 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. To bake brush or spray the egg rolls with oil. Place directly on a sheet pan lined with tin foil OR on a sheet pan with a rack. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through cooking and brush with more oil as needed.
Yes! I recommend freezing the egg rolls after cooking them. After cooking allow the egg rolls to cool and then place in a freezer safe air tight container or Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat simply place the frozen egg roll in the air fryer, oven or microwave and heat until warmed through.
Looking for More Easy Appetizers?
Try some of my favorite easy appetizers:
- Sausage Rolls – shortcut sausage rolls are made with store bought puff pastry and sausage making them an easy and fancy appetizer
- Pretzel Dogs – big, chewy, soft, salty, and incredibly delicious. Now wrap that around a hot dog and you have a classic treat
- Avocado Egg Rolls – Crispy and golden on the outside, creamy and decadent on the inside you have to try these!
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Big Mac Egg Rolls (BigMac Egg Rolls)
- Air Fryer or oven
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 pickles, diced
- ½ small onion, diced
- 12 slices American cheese
- 12 egg roll wrappers
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons relish
- 1 tablespoons mustard
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- In a medium sized frying pan cook the ground beef until fully cooked, approximately 10 minutes. Drain the meat. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- To assemble the egg rolls place one slice of cheese in the center. Top with 2-3 spoonful’s of ground beef, a few pieces of diced pickle and onion.
- Wet the edges of the egg roll wrapper. Fold in two opposite corners to the center and then tightly roll. Repeat with remaining egg roll wrappers.
- AIR FRYER COOKING METHODBrush both sides of the egg rolls with oil and Air Fry at 400F for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through cooking and brush with more oil as needed. Once removed from the Air Fryer top with sesame seeds.STOVE TOP COOKING METHODHeat a deep pot with oil on medium heat. Fry the egg rolls in small batches for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and top with sesame seeds.OVEN COOKING METHODBrush the egg rolls with oil on both sides. Place directly on a sheet pan lined with tin foil OR on a sheet pan with a rack. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through cooking and brush with more oil as needed. Once removed from oven top with sesame seeds.
- To make the sauce stir together all sauce ingredients until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
Monday 29th of August 2022
These were amazing! My kids and I all loved them! I just got my air fryer yesterday and this was my first thing to try! I totally recommend!
Tuesday 30th of August 2022
Hi Rhonda, that's awesome! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Have fun with your air fryer. There are so many amazing recipes to try.
Monday 7th of February 2022
The big Mac egg rolls sound delicious..I can't wait to try them! The onions McDonald's uses are dehydrated onions you can buy ..1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion to 1/8 cup of water..microwave on medium for 20 seconds or so..blot out any extra moisture.