Copycat McDonald’s Arch Deluxe Burgers

Probably no one besides me remembers McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burgers. They were a more grown up burger, launched in the 1990s. They were a flop, but honestly, I’m not sure why. I love making copycat McDonald’s Arch Deluxe burgers at home. They are your pretty-much-standard burgers, but with a sauce that is totally different than the special sauce you find on another favorite, Big Mac. It’s the sauce that makes them special for me. It’s not fancy or complicated, just good.

Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers

The star of the show is definitely the sauce and the special seasoning that McDonald’s uses on all of their burgers, from the Arch Deluxe of old to the classic Quarter Pounder. I always thought that the Arch Deluxe should’ve been a hit (along with the McDLT). Well, I guess I can’t call them all correctly!

I like to use a burger press when I make burgers. It, in combination with some patty papers, enables me to crank out a whole bunch of equally-sized burger patties in no time at all with little cleanup.

After you devour your copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers you’ll want to make copycats of McDonald’s Cheddar Melt and a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Trust me.

Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers
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Copycat Arch Deluxe Burgers

The Arch Deluxe was your pretty-much-standard burger, but with a sauce that is totally different than the special sauce you find on a Big Mac.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers, copycat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 559kcal


For the burger

  • 1 hamburger bun sesame seed
  • ¼ pound beef patty
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1-2 slices tomato
  • 1-2 leaves lettuce chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white onion chopped

For the burger seasoning (makes enough for several burgers)

For the special sauce


For the burger

  • Toast the buns.
  • Season the patty with the burger seasoning from below. Cook as desired.
  • Top the hot beef patty with the cheese.
  • Slather the insides of the bun halves with the special sauce.
  • Add the beef patty to the bottom bun.
  • Add the tomato, lettuce, ketchup, onion and top bun and serve.

For the burger seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the special sauce

  • Combine all ingredients until smooth.


Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 28812mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.