Best Burger Sauce

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4.75 from 141 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.

Top shot of the  Best Burger Sauce.

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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4.75 from 141 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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49 thoughts on “Best Burger Sauce”

  1. Hi , I am Raju Thapa , i always seen your recipe i am big fan of you , I am Chef as profession , your burger recipe its very nice and delicious , I have one Question For You …?? I need one Burger Sauce Recipe , its very different and amazing if Possible Pleases sent me my email . Thank you

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  2. Burgerville extra spread,I just mix in a 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 2 tblsp s of mustard and finely chopped sweet pickle relish and drain the juice off of it and mix.keep refrigerated up to two weeks.(for people that can’t have spicy stuff.

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  3. 5 stars
    Great sauce recipe I tried the exact except for the prepared yellow mustard I used a Dijon mustard for a little more kick to each his or her own

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    • It’s “spicy pickle juice”. Juice from spicy pickles. You don’t want to use the juice from sweet pickles – like bread and butter or gherkins. You can use dill pickle juice or your favorite spicy variety.

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  4. 5 stars
    You weren’t overselling when you called this the “best” burger sauce. I love having my own secret sauce for our homemade burgers. The right condiment makes such a big difference!

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  5. 5 stars
    Mmmmm… This burger sauce recipe is so flavorful! I made it this evening as a dipping sauce for my oven-baked fries. It was a huge hit with my husband and our friends who were visiting from out of town. This recipe is a definite keeper!

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  6. 5 stars
    I am not all about the spice, but my husband and 2 kids are. Substituting sweet pickle juice for the spicy pickle juice is actually a super yummy change to this fabulous recipe!

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  7. 5 stars
    Just made this. Delicious! Did not have spicy pickle juice, but did have a jar of pepperoncini, so usd that juice. Turned out great. I, too, appreciate getting the recipe up front without having to scroll through pictures and commentary. I often will not decide on a recipe until I have read it. Look forward to your future postings.

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