Poor Man’s Copycat McDonald’s Lobster Roll

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Our McDonald’s doesn’t have lobster rolls on their menu. Heck, I didn’t know that any McDonald’s did. Apparently they are (or at least were) a thing far up the east coast, which makes sense when you think about it. So I had to make one at home. For me, that usually means a ‘poor man’s’ version, which uses imitation lobster instead of the real (expensive) stuff. Sure, I’d love to use real lobster, and I’ve had my share of real lobster rolls, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. So, here it is, my delicious poor man’s copycat of McDonald’s lobster roll.

Poor Man's Copycat McDonald's Lobster Roll

This is not my first time making a poor man’s lobster roll. Heck, I’ve had a standard go-to recipe for one for years and I enjoy it on occasion. The McDonald’s version is a tad different in that there’s no butter to be found, anywhere. It’s a very ‘clean’ tasting roll, and I rather enjoyed it. Fake lobster or not, I’d order it if our McDonald’s sold them!

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Poor Man's Copycat McDonald's Lobster Roll
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Poor Man’s Copycat McDonald’s Lobster Roll

Here it is, my delicious poor man's copycat of McDonald's lobster roll.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat, immitation lobster, McDonald’s
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 140kcal


  • ½ cup imitation lobster lump-style, broken into pieces
  • ½ tablespoon mayonnaise
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • dog bun split-top if available


  • If desired, lightly toast or warm to the bun before starting.
  • Gently combine the imitation lobster, mayonnaise and salt.
  • Carefully open the bun as wide as you can. Add the lettuce leaf and top with the lobster mixture.
  • Serve.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1782IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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