This Burger Sauce recipe is the perfect condiment for more than just burgers and it only needs a few ingredients to create.
So many burger chains have their own versions of a special sauce for their burgers. Now you can enjoy a similar sauce at home with this delicious and simple recipe. The only required ingredients are mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish, but you can add and customize from there.
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What Is Burger Sauce?
A lot of restaurants and chains have this pinkish or orange sauce on their burgers. It’s often called Burger Sauce or Special Sauce. But what is it? It’s usually a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish. It therefore makes total sense that it tastes great on a burger, right?
I make my homemade burger sauce recipe with just those few ingredients: mayo, ketchup, and relish. My preference is dill pickle relish, because I like it more savory and garlicky. If you like yours on the sweeter side, which is the case with most of the restaurant versions, you can use sweet pickle relish instead.
Since the relish is providing lots of flavor, I found in my testing that additional ingredients like mustard or vinegar simply weren’t necessary. I used pickle juice in an early version, but found that the relish provided plenty of liquid and it didn’t need extra. If you’d like to add something extra, feel free to customize to your tastes, maybe with some garlic powder or paprika.
Making And Storing
To make your homemade burger sauce all you need to do is mix up your ingredients and refrigerate it for 15 minutes so that the flavors can meld together. Any extra you have leftover can be stored in an airtight container and put back in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Burgers To Use This Sauce On
Below I’ve listed some of my favorite burger recipes. But don’t limit yourself to using this tasty sauce on just hamburgers, it’s delicious as a condiment or dip for so many things from French fries to chicken fingers.
- Classic Burger Recipe
- Wagyu Burger
- Juicy Chicken Burger Recipe
- Steak Burgers
- Bison Burgers
- Shrimp Burgers
- Easy Baked Burgers
- Air Fryer Burgers
- Salmon Burgers
I hope you enjoy this homemade burger sauce recipe as much as I do! Let me know how you’re using it in the comments below. – Christine xo
Podcast Episode: Making Homemade Burger Sauce
Listen to me explain briefly about how to make this sauce, along with some other great tips, by clicking the play button below:Print
This burger sauce can be made in two different ways. If you like it a bit on the sweet side, use sweet pickle relish. But, if you want it a bit savory and garlicky, use dill pickle relish.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 3 Tbsp. relish
- In a medium bowl mix together mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes before serving.
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