Big Mac Pinwheels

Big Mac Pinwheels take all the classic flavors and ingredients of the Big Mac and rolls them up into crescent roll pinwheels that are baked to golden, flaky perfection.

big mac pinwheels on a metal serving tray

These Big Mac Pinwheels are going to be your new go-to appetizer!  All the flavor of that classic drive-thru burger but you can make these right at home and are perfect for get-togethers.

Ground beef is mixed with dried, minced onion, dill relish, and thousand island dressing and rolled up with American cheese in crescent rolls and sliced into pretty little pinwheels.  A sprinkle of sesame seeds finish these off and they are ready for dipping in more sauce. 

We love making unique appetizers. For us, the only thing more fun than finger foods is unexpected finger foods. That’s why we love making these pinwheels that combine the buttery flavor of crescent dough with all the flavors of everyone’s favorite fast food burger.

big mac pinwheel being dipped in big mac sauce

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s full of all the classic flavors we love about Big Macs.
  • It’s a super simple recipe that’s ready in no time.
  • It’s a fun new twist on burgers.

🛒Ingredients

crescent roll dough, ground beef, dressing, pickles, onions, and american cheese on a white marble background

You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this recipe. They’re all very basic and are easily found at your local grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • Lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • Minced dried onion
  • Dill relish
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • American cheese
  • Crescent dough sheets
  • Sesame seeds

🔪 How to Make Big Mac Pinwheels

Making these pinwheels is very simple. It’s mostly just layering, rolling, and baking. That’s it! You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.

ground beef, big mac sauce, and pickles being mixed together in a glass mixing bowl

Step 1: Make the Beef Mixture

Mix the cooked ground beef, dried minced onion, dill relish, and Thousand Island dressing in a medium bowl.

crescent roll dough rolled out and topped with american cheese and ground beef

Step 2: Top the Crescent Dough

Unroll the crescent sheets on a cutting board or parchment paper. Then, add 6 slices of cheese to each crescent dough sheet. Finally, divide the beef mixture evenly between the two sheets of dough and spread it into an even layer over the cheese.

pinwheels being rolled up

Step 3: Roll and Slice

Starting on the short side, roll up the crescent sheets as tightly as possible into logs. Then, slice the very ends off of each side to even them out. Finally, slice each log into 6 pieces.

uncooked big mac pinwheels on a parchment lined baking sheet

Step 4: Bake

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes, serve with more Thousand Island dressing for dipping, and enjoy.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spicy – Add finely diced jalapenos for an extra kick of heat and flavor.
  • Ground Beef – You can make this recipe with ground turkey or pork.
  • American Cheese – You can use cheddar cheese, instead.

If you think these look good, then you’ll want to try our pepperoni pizza pinwheels, as well.

big mac pinwheels on a metal serving tray

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

🥫 Storage

Store these pinwheels for up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freeze bags.

💭 Tips

  • Brown your beef until thoroughly cooked and no further. Dry ground beef is rubbery and flavorless.
  • Roll your crescent sheets as tightly as possible so you get nice, even pinwheels.
  • Be sure to line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup and to easily remove the pinwheels from the baking sheet.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are pinwheels?

Pinwheels are small, hand-held sandwiches typically made with tortilla wraps, flat bread, or sandwich bread. They can also be made with crescent roll sheets.

Where do pinwheels come from?

Pinwheels were invented in England in the 10th century, where they were eaten as a snack along with hot tea.

Why did my pinwheels spread apart?

Pinwheels will open up while baking if they aren’t rolled very tightly. This tight rolling helps seal the layers together.

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big mac pinwheels on a metal serving tray

🧾Recipe Card

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Big Mac Pinwheels

Big Mac pinwheels rolls up all the flavors of the classic Big Mac into crescent dough pinwheels for a burger-licious appetizer.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
37 minutes
Servings: 12 Pinwheels
Calories: 319kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Parchment Lined Baking Sheet
  • sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef browned and drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • 3 tablespoons thousand island dressing
  • 12 slices american cheese
  • 16 ounces crescent roll sheet dough
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thousand island dressing for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the cooked ground beef, dried minced onion, dill relish and thousand island dressing.
  • Stir to combine
  • On a cutting board or piece of parchment paper lay unroll the crescent sheets.
  • Place 6 slices of cheese on each crescent dough rectangle.
  • Divide the meat mixture between the 2 dough sheets.
  • Starting with the short side roll the crescent dough up.
  • Slice the very ends off each roll and then slice the rolls into 6 pieces each.
  • Place your slices on a parchment lined baking sheet (may need more than one baking sheet or cook in 2 batches).
  • Sprinkle each pinwheel with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let rest 5 minutes.
  • Serve with more thousand island for dipping.

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pinwheel | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 825mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 2mg

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