Familiar flavors that are more exciting in a smash burger and taco than on a bun these Big Mac Tacos make a fun meal!
How To Make Big Mac Tacos
Like a smashburger and a taco collided this recipe is a fun trending sensation on TikTok that creates an easy and delicious meal.
Make a practice run with one or two balls to get the hang of it. Once you grasp the idea and get comfortable making these it’s very easy and the tacos are ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.
My son refers to these as exotic tacos. He prefers to eat his without sauce and extra toppings. Those of us that like maximum flavor add pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and any other condiments that we enjoy!
We have enjoyed other trending Tik Tok recipes like our Cajun Sausage Pasta, Meat Tortellini and Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. A super fun and easy breakfast idea that’s also trending is our Pancake Tacos.
Since common ingredients are needed that you may already have on hand this is a fun camping recipe to try with friends on a Blackstone griddle.
Why This Recipe Works
- This is a fun recipe to make and eat with friends while enjoying some good social time.
- Once you get comfortable with the process the whole batch is ready to serve in under 30 minutes.
- A combination of burgers and tacos makes a meal that everyone will happily eat.
- Uses common, affordable ingredients to make what feels like a special meal.
What’s Needed To Make Big Mac Smash Tacos
- Lean Ground Beef – Use 90/10 lean ground beef or leaner. Using a higher fat ratio will make the tacos soggy.
- Seasonings – Garlic powder and granulated garlic is perfect sprinkled on top of the balls of beef.
- Tortillas – We like 9″ flour tortillas. Low-carb brands work really well in this recipe.
- Cheese – Slices of Cheddar, colby jack or American work best.
- Sauce – A combination of ketchup, mustard, relish and some seasonings.
- Fresh Veggies – Lettuce, slices of ripe tomato, slices of red onion and pickles.
Step By Step Instructions
Roll meat into balls.
We make 6 balls per pound of ground meat. They will be bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball.
Sprinkle seasoning over top of the meat balls.
Preheat skillet to medium heat and have tortillas open and ready.
Place one ball in the center of a hot skillet.
Making the Smash Burger
As quickly as possible place one tortilla on top of the ball of meat. The meat should be placed as close to the center of the tortilla as possible.
Use the flat side of a small skillet and a meat or potato masher for more leverage.
You want to smash the meat right away into a thin, even layer.
When the meat is pushed into a very thin layer it will cook in 2 – 3 minutes in a preheated skillet set on medium heat.
You can lift up the tortilla a little to peek at the center of the burger.
Since it is too thin to use a meat thermometer on, when no more pink is visible the meat is safe to eat.
The burger should be an even brown all the way across the top.
After 3 minutes ensure the meat and tortilla are stuck together and flip them over to add a slice or two of cheese.
Flip the flattened beef patty and tortilla in one motion.
The tortilla should be golden brown.
When the cheese is slightly melted use a turner or spatula to remove from the skillet.
Shape into a taco right away. Whatever position the tortilla cools is is the position it will likely stay in.
Use a taco holder or fold Big Mac Tacos in half to ensure they hold shape while preparing the remaining meat balls.
Add Big Mac sauce and condiments of your choice like tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions, relish, etc.
Lean Ground Beef Is Important
Using 90/10 ground beef is very important to keeping a firm, enjoyable smash taco.
The more fat that is in the beef, the more grease that is created while cooking. This is challenging when flipping the tortilla as it will become soggy.
The soggy tortilla will be difficult to hold on to and enjoy while eating.
If using 80/20 or a fattier blend of ground beef then two skillet may be necessary. Start cooking the meat in the first skillet and then flip into the second skillet to finish cooking and avoid making the tortilla floppy.
Big Mac Tacos on A Blackstone
The benefit of using the large cooking surface on a Blackstone to make Big Mac Tacos is that you can cook multiples at a time.
If there’s a lot of grease designate half of the Blackstone for cooking and the other half to use after flipping. Or be prepared to remove the grease to the grease trap quickly.
This is a great recipe for grilling. You wouldn’t even have to use Big Mac sauce, you could just use the condiments that you have on hand for burgers and hot dogs.
Through testing we did find that using a meat or potato masher alone can leave a odd pattern in the taco shell. So a firm, flat surface is better. Then use the tool on top of that surface to apply the pressure.
Recipe Tips & Tricks:
- Make Big Mac sauce a day or two ahead of time or buy some burger sauce at the store.
- We prefer making 6 balls/lb instead of 8 balls/lb so that the meat spreads out to cover the entire tortilla. With the smaller ball of burger you don’t have meat in every bite.
- Can use onion powder, granulated onion or chop up a fresh onion if you like.
- One slice of cheese is typical, but we love two slices of cheese.
- Once cooked tacos are removed from the heat they will hold the shape that they cool in. So if you leave them laying flat it will be hard to fold into a taco shape later without breaking the tortilla.
- The bigger the balls are the more meat coverage of the tortilla. If you use 1/8 pound balls you will have several bites of just lettuce and tomato in the 8 inch tortilla.
More Easy Family Meal Ideas
Kielbasa Sheet Pan Meal mixes smoked sausage with onions, peppers and potatoes to make a delicious combination.
Stromboli with Frozen Dough is a super simple meal the whole family will enjoy and it tastes great served warm or cold.
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Sliders are a delicious mixture on Hawaiian rolls.
Cube Steak with Gravy is another favorite beef meal that’s easy to make in the oven or crock pot.
Big Mac Tacos
- 2 pounds 90% lean ground beef or leaner
- 12 tortillas
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 12 slices cheddar cheese
- Divide meat into 12 equally sized pieces and then roll into balls. Sprinkle seasoning over top of the balls of meat.
- Place one ball in the center of a preheated skillet.
- Quickly place one tortilla on top of meat. Flatten or smash right away into a thin, even layer with a smaller skillet and/or meat masher.
- Once the burger is brown throughout, ensure the meat and tortilla are stuck together and flip over in one motion.
- Add cheese. Shape into a taco quickly to help hold the shape while cooling.
- Top with Big Mac sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and other toppings of your choice.
- Must use 90% or leaner ground beef for the recipe to work well.
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