Big Mac Potato Skins with Special Sauce

The BEST EVER Whole30, Gluten Free, and Paleo Appetizer! These are always a hit for football games (we loved them on Superbowl Sunday) or any night of the week! The best thing about them? Your kids will LOVE THEM!

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 394 kcal


Big Mac Potato Skins

  • 8 medium russet potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp flakey salt
  • 1 lb ground beef I use 80-85%
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Special Sauce

  • 1/3 cup mayo be sure it's compliant
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp relish*** see note below
  • 1 tbsp onion flakes (dried onion)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Bake the Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 400. Wash and dry the potatoes and pierce the skins of each potato a few times with a fork. 

  2. Lay the potatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle each with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt. 

  3. Bake for 45-55 minutes. The skin should be nice and crispy and the inside soft enough to pierce with a fork. 

  4. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool until they're not too hot to handle. Don't turn the oven off. 

Make the Special Sauce

  1. While the potatoes cook, mix all the ingredients together for the special sauce. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to use it. 

Prep the Fillings

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, breaking apart and turning often as it cooks. Season with garlic and onion powder and sauté until cooked through.

  2. Shred the lettuce. Slice the tomatoes and pickles.

Make the Potato Skins

  1. Cut the potatoes in half longways. Using a spoon, remove most of the insides and set in a bowl to use another time. 

  2. Place skin side down back on the baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 more minutes, until they're nice and crispy. 

  3. Fill each potato skin with ground beef, pickles, tomatoes, special sauce and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

**If you can't find compliant relish or don't want to buy it just for this recipe, chop a dill pickle up into really tiny pieces. It works great!

Nutrition Facts
Big Mac Potato Skins with Special Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 383mg17%
Potassium 1116mg32%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.