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How To Make Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels

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Have you ever had a stuffed pretzel? I hadn’t before now. But I really don’t know why… they are incredibly delicious, fun and easy to make for the whole family to enjoy! Let’s not stop there though, we’re also going to dip this easy homemade pretzel dough recipe in the iconic vegan version of Big Mac Sauce! If you’re still hungry after this, Soft pretzels are not new to this blog – try this alternative to beer cheese dip and pretzel bites for an even better vegan pretzel experience.  Cheesy Chunky Queso Dip with this recipe.

But guys? Stuffing the dough before twisting it into pretzel shapes is the extra step I never knew I needed. There’s definitely a ton of creative filling ideas awaiting, not to mention a whole other list of sweet versions I want to try. But for today, we are starting withplant-based Big Mac Burger stuffed pretzels.

So, how do Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels taste?

Think of these like a pizza pocket. Except instead of pepperoni, pizza sauce and cheese inside, there’s a creamy, cheeseburger-style vegan beef mixture. The pretzels are quickly boiled in baking soda solution (the key to that classic pretzel look and taste) before being baked to golden perfection and sprinkled with coarse salt and sesame seeds.

The finishing touch is a vegan “Big Mac” inspired sauce. Its crazy delicious and perfect for dipping! You might be looking for some fun recipes to try This holiday season or for thanksgiving recipes. Definitely try this one!

How do you make soft pretzels?

Honestly, this is going to be a lot easier than you think! Not only are soft pretzels quite easy to make, I even leave options in this recipe to make the dough EVEN EASIER to make! I know I didn’t have to – but this one goes out to all the people out there like me that get hungry searching through Pinterest at all the drool-worthy food, have minimal ingredients and even less time to make them. Here is how you make Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels.

How do you make a pretzel?

… All you need to do is buy yourself a store bought pizza dough ball! Literally, that’s it! Of course I leave instructions below on how to make your own dough ball – but the same principals and ingredients are used in the store bought version if you need to save yourself some time in the kitchen this week!

… If you do decide to make your own dough, simply add the dry ingredients like all-purpose flour, yeast mixture, warm water into a bowl of a stand mixer on low speed. When a it forms into a sticky dough ball, remove from dough hook and add to a lightly floured surface before splitting into four equal pieces.

… Flatten the dough into long 4×11 strips, and add the filling. Roll until covered in dough fully and pinch all sides to seal. brush with baking soda or even better add to a baking soda bath for around 30 seconds using a wooden or slotted spoon or a large strainer in a large pot of water to boil.

making a baking the Big Mac soft pretzels

In a large frying pan, add the mixture ingredients. Stir and let simmer until vegan meat replacement is cooked throughout and warm. Place in a large bowl to be incorporated into the pretzels.

… Place a thin strip of the mixture on the strips of dough before rolling and pinching. Add to the boiling water baking soda then remove from heat.

… form the stuffed dough into a pretzel shape and lay on a parchment paper lined baking tray, cookie baking sheets. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and salt, then bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes until pretzels are golden brown and crispy on top. That’s all you need to enjoy these Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels.

Q&A About Vegan Stuffed Soft Pretzels and Big Mac Sauce

Do pretzels need to be boiled?

YES! Traditionally they do anyway. Feel free to simply lather in baking soda water before baking, but I highly suggest boiling to fully coat and drench the dough.

What is pretzel dough made of?

The same ingredients in traditional pizza dough! This is the easiest pizza dough or pretzel dough recipe, so follow the instructions below.

what makes pretzels different from regular bread?

The biggest key difference is boiling the dough after forming the pretzel shape for a puffier, golden brown dough and crust. Aside from that, the shape of a pretzel is iconic, and often dipped in melted butter or vegan cheddar cheese.

How do you make soft pretzels shiny?

By boiling them for 30 seconds each in baking soda water, they become hard, shiny and crunchy on the outside while staying soft and pillowy on the inside. Add extra vegan butter or cooking spray for even more shine on these Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels!

Is Big Mac sauce easy to make?

Yes! I have a whole blog post dedicated to its simplicity and tangy flavor. Follow the instructions below or check out The Best Vegan Copycat Big Mac Sauce Recipe Here!

Are soft pretzels German?

Yes! Pretzels such as the original recipes you see across the internet originated in south Germany before making their way across Austria and then Europe before landing across the world – and eventually here on this page where you can find them stuffed with all the vegan Big Mac burger flavours and ingredients you love!

What are the nutrition facts for these Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzels?

I recommend adding the ingredients and recipe to MyFitnessPal for accurate nutrition facts regarding this vegan stuffed soft pretzel recipe including calories, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, etc.

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Cheeseburger-Stuffed Soft Pretzels with Mac Sauce

  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 big pretzels


Soft pretzels stuffed with vegan beef and cheese, served with a “Big Mac” sauce for dipping. This cheesy Vegan Big Mac Stuffed Soft Pretzel recipe is a cross of a vegan Big Mac and a soft pretzel. Easy and full vegan burger flavors!


Pretzel Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk, warm
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • oil for greasing
  • Large pot of water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (this amount is correct – its for the water)
  • coarse salt and/or sesame seeds for garnish


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegan ground beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk or vegan cream
  • 1 cup vegan cheese shreds

Mac Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp finely diced pickles
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch salt


  1. In a mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar and yeast and stir until combined. Let sit 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add the melted butter, warm milk and salt and stir to combine. Add the flour and mix with a spoon or dough hook until a dough ball is formed. Grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough in it, covering top with a dishtowel. Place in a warm, draft-free area for 1 hour to rise.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together all Mac sauce ingredients and place in the fridge.
  4. Into a medium frying pan, add oil, onion, garlic and ground beef. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is cooked and browned. Add tomato paste and coconut milk and stir to combine. Turn off heat. Add vegan cheese shreds and stir so they kind of melt but not fully melt. Set aside to cool.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Preheat oven to 420 F. Bring the large pot of water to a boil. While it is heating up, work on step 7.
  7. Divide the pretzel dough into 6 pieces. Roll one piece out on a floured surface with a rolling pin into a long rectangle about 11 inches long by 3-4 inches wide. Spread a few spoonfuls of filling down the middle, then sprinkle on a line of cheese. Fold over and pinch the edge shut, rolling gently with your hands to make a cylinder and fully enclose the filling. Pinch the two ends closed. Fold into a pretzel shape by crossing the left side over to the right, then the right side over to the left. Repeat with all remaining dough balls.
  8.  Slowly (carefully!!) add the baking soda to the large pot of boiling water, stirring to combine. Using a mesh strainer or two spatulas, carefully lower a pretzel into the water. Boil for 30 seconds, then with the strainer or a slotted spoon, remove from the water, letting the excess drip off, then place on prepared baking tray. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  9. Brush each with melted vegan butter or oil, sprinkle with coarse salt and or sesame seeds, and bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden.
  10. Let cool slightly before serving with Mac sauce to dip.


One Comment

  1. They are SO good!!!

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