Best Burger Sauce

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4.75 from 144 votes
This is the BEST burger sauce recipe you'll ever try!  It goes great on burgers, fries and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Best Burger Sauce in a clear bowl with a spoon.

The best burger sauce recipe will make you put down the ketchup bottle.  It’s time for you to try a new topping on your next burger.

 Best Burger Sauce in a clear bowl with a spoon.

This best burger sauce recipe is similar to the secret sauce you find at certain restaurants.  I can’t really say if it’s the actual recipe, because, well, their recipe is a secret.

But I can tell you that this burger sauce this BEST burger sauce you will ever try.

And, it goes perfectly when you season your ground beef with my homemade Burger Seasoning Blend.  This is one of the most popular recipes on It Is a Keeper.


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What We Love About This Good Burger Sauce Recipe

This sauce is a magical concoction of flavors that, when allowed to mellow in the fridge, become one with each other.  They blend harmoniously with each other and turn into this luscious sauce.

  • 5 Minute Meal: Just mix and let rest so the flavors can meld together.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge. Only 7 ingredient.
  • Adaptable: Can make it spicier or creamier, make it your own. Use your favorite cheese for a cheeseburger.
Side view of the sauce on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredient Notes for Special Sauce for Burgers

  • Mayonnaise: Any brand that you enjoy will work.
  • Spicy Pickle Juice
  • Ketchup: A good tomato ketchup.
  • Prepared Yellow Mustard: Dijon mustard will work as well.
  • Paprika
  • Garlic: Grated or teaspoon garlic powder if you prefer.
  • Onion: Grated or teaspoon onion powder if you want a smooth sauce.

Equipment Needed for Burger Dressing

How to Make Easy Burger Sauce

These are the basic steps for making this hamburger sauce recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: Combine

First, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 2: Refrigerate

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or place in an airtight container. Spread this classic burger sauce on your buns and burger and enjoy. This will be one of your favorite condiments.

Prep and Storage Tips for Special Sauce for Burgers

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This sauce will last about a week in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container but feel free to store for longer just look at the shelf life of the mayo, ketchup and mustard you use.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE FOR CHEESEBURGER SAUCE

Always store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator as this contains mayo.

Frequently Asked Questions about Burger Sauce

HOW TO MAKE THIS BURGER SAUCE WITHOUT MAYO?

Greek Yogurt is a great replacement for the mayonnaise in this burger sauce.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DEHYDRATED GARLIC FOR THE FRESH GARLIC?

Of course, one clove of fresh garlic equals 1/4 teaspoon of dehydrated or freeze-dried garlic.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, simply adjust the recipe ingredients to reflect the amount that you need.

WHAT CAN I USE THIS BEST BURGER SAUCE FOR?

Not just for burgers, this sauce is great as a dip for french fries or onion rings or try it on top of a fish or crab cake sandwich.

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Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use for your party.
  • Add Hot Sauce: A dash of hot sauce is always good to add a little zing. Or white vinegar if it is too sweet.
  • Variation tip: Try it on top of meatloaf, it is a game changer. Perfect to top eggs with too.
  • Alternate ingredient: Pickle relish can be used in place of the juice if you prefer a chunky sauce.
  • Bacon: Bacon bits add amazing flavor and texture to the sauce. Top with lettuce and tomato or your other favorite toppings.

What to Serve with the Best Burger Sauce

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Best Burger Sauce in a clear bowl with a spoon.
4.75 from 144 votes

The BEST Burger Sauce

Yield: 15 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
This is the BEST burger sauce recipe you’ll ever try!  It goes great on burgers, fries and more.
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon spicy pickle juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon onion, grated

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use for your party.
  • Add Hot Sauce: A dash of hot sauce is always good to add a little zing.
  • Variation tip: Try it on top of meatloaf, it is a game changer.
  • Alternate ingredient: Pickle relish can be used in place of the juice if you prefer a chunky sauce.
  • Bacon: Bacon bits add amazing flavor and texture to the sauce. Top with lettuce and tomato or your other favorite toppings.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, sauce

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50 thoughts on “Best Burger Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    I have tried a few sauces since discovering Pinterest, this one is good. I made a small batch yesterday & wound up eating it all (I ate it on pretzels). Intend to make a bigger batch today.

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  2. What do you mean when you say “spicy pickle juice”? Sweet, dill. sour.bread n butter, or???
    I really want to do this, but want to do it correctly.
    Thank you,

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  3. This is not a new culinary invention as it has been served on burgers from a chain of burgerville restaurants in the Pacific NW since the 1950s with the exception burgervilles recipe uses sweet relish in it..

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    • uhhhh, Chris, bloggers aren’t out to introduce “new culinary inventions.” Rather, they’re putting their own spin on something & sharing it with the rest of us. Nope, burger sauce isn’t new, yet many readers appreciate getting recipes without wasting ingredients.
      If that’s all you had to say, no one here would’ve missed your comment. Troll elsewhere.

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  4. Christina we love all your recipes going to try the chicken parmesan pasta tomorrow and the hamburger and sauce recipe for the 4th

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  5. 5 stars
    We thought this sauce was delicious with our burgers and onion rings. I used regular pickle juice (not spicy) and also used garlic and onion powders instead of grated. It was so yummy!

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