Do you love McDonald’s but are trying to be healthy? I know how hard it is, there are so many tempting meals out there that are high in calories, points syns or whatever but they are just not good for you. This Big Mac style rice bowl is perfect for healthy eating and a McDonald’s fakeaway with all the flavour and fewer calories!

How to make the Big Mac rice bowl

This is a really easy recipe to make that will soon become a firm family favourite. If you know that a Big Mac is out of the question so you can stay on plan then this is definitely a recipe worth trying.

Firstly get all your ingredients out to ensure you have everything you need.

Wash the rice well to ensure the water runs clear, this stops the trice from sticking together when cooking and makes the best rice.

Add the rice and water to a medium-sized pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and place the lid on the pan and cook for 16-18 minutes until cooked. Then remove the pan from the hob and set aside.

Whilst the rice is cooking you can start the mince recipe. Using a frying pan, brown the mince and season well with salt and pepper to taste. This should take around 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice your iceberg lettuce and dice the pickles and set them aside.

Mix the Big Mac burger sauce by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl.

Big mac sauce
Big mac sauce

Assemble the Big Mac style rice bowl in individual bowls with the cooked rice then lettuce, then cooked mince followed by cheese, pickles and the homemade sauce.

Big mac rice bowl
Big mac rice bowl

Enjoy your tasty Big Mac style rice bowl!

Fakeaways for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within my takeaway recipes in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe cards.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog. It is not connected with any weight loss plan. None of the contributors have received training from them or worked for them.

It is the reader’s responsibility to check nutritional values, such as Slimming World syn values and WW points. Additionally, they must check any other allowances, as any given are approximate.

Enjoying this Big Mac style rice bowl on Slimming World

This recipe is predominantly syn free I believe with the only syns being in the mayonnaise. The syns in the mayonnaise vary depending on brand but are minimal at around 1 syn per portion. Watch out for the lowest fat mayonnaise, usually called lighter than light or very low fat.

The cheese you use in this recipe can be weighed and used as part of your healthy extra a allowance for the day or synned accordingly.

If you choose 5% fat mince then this is usually also syn free, if you buy other mince then this will likely need to be synned. Check this in your Slimming World book or with your consultant or online.

This big mac rice bowl is a great way of having something that reminds you of McDonald’s and avoids you from eating all those McDonalds syns!

raw mince
Raw mince

Other recipes you might enjoy

If you like fakeaway type recipes then you should try my doner kebab recipe and my Chinese fakeaway recipes as they are reader favourites. Others that are great for fast food fans are KFC fakeaway and fakeaway pizza.

KFC chicken
KFC chicken
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Big mac rice bowl

Easy Big Mac style rice bowl – a healthy McDonald’s Fakeaway

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Easy hob recipe
  • Cuisine: Low Calorie
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A tasty healthy alternative to a Big Mac from McDonald’s with this Big Mac rice bowl fakeaway


• 3 cups water

• 1 1/2 cup basmati rice (uncooked)

• 500g minced beef

• 120g grated cheese

• 1/2 iceberg lettuce

• 4 dill pickles

Salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

• Big Mac burger sauce*

Ingredients for the Big Mac burger sauce

• 120g reduced fat mayonnaise

• 2 tbsp dill relish

• 1 tsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tsp white vinegar

• 1/2 tsp granulated sweetener

• 1/2 tsp paprika powder

• 1/2 tsp garlic powder

• 1/2 tsp onion powder


• Start by soaking and washing your rice until the water is clear. Drain all access water.

• Add the rice and water to a medium-sized pot and add bring to a boil on high heat. As soon as it starts boiling, bring the heat to low/simmer, cover with a lid, and let cook for 16-18 minutes, until cooked. Then remove from the stove.

• In a pan, brown your beef until cooked and season with salt and pepper to taste. This might take about 8-10 minutes. Remove from hob once done.

• While your rice and beef are cooking, slice your iceberg lettuce and dice your pickles, then set aside.

• Then make your Big Mac Burger sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl.

• Start assembling your rice bowls. Start with rice, then lettuce, then minced beef, cheese and pickles and top off with your sauce.

• Enjoy!

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