This tangy, creamy burger sauce is made with simple ingredients you probably already have in the fridge. Add it to burgers and sandwiches, or dip your fries!
You're going to want to keep a batch of burger sauce on hand at all times - you'll be adding it to everything! Slather a healthy serving onto your next burger and keep extra on hand for dipping those fries.
This tangy homemade sauce is made with two simple ingredients - mayonnaise and ketchup - plus a few extra flavor enhancers. Plus, it's easy to double or triple, ensuring you'll never run out.
Serve burger and fry sauce with burgers on the grill this summer, or as a dipping sauce with fries, chips, or sliced veggies. And don't forget the homemade bread and butter pickles on that burger!
What is burger sauce made of?
So what exactly is burger sauce? Many fast food and sit down restaurants serve burgers, fries, and patty melts with a secret sauce or special sauce.
Secret sauce is usually a variation of thousand island dressing. The base is made with mayonnaise and ketchup, with other flavors added like mustard, paprika and garlic.
The main difference is that thousand island dressing usually contains pickle relish, whereas burger sauce does not. I like to use a dash of pickle juice in my secret sauce to get the same flavor, but without the chunky texture.
Otherwise, the flavor is very similar! It's also easy to customize. Once you've made it a time or two, it's easy to adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes.
Ingredients and substitutions
The base of this secret sauce is made with mayonnaise and ketchup - I don't suggest omitting either of these ingredients.
Dijon mustard can be substituted with yellow mustard.
Pickle juice can be substituted with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Ways to use burger sauce
Okay, so you've made a batch of burger sauce. But what can you add it to, other than burgers and fries? Here are a few ideas:
- Patty melt
- Chicken tenders
- Chicken nuggets
- Potato wedges
- Lunch wrap
- Deli meat sandwich
- Tater tots
- Potato chips
- Grilled cheese
- Onion rings
- Fresh sliced veggies
Make ahead and storage
Homemade burger sauce will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. I recommend storing it in a tightly sealing container, like a mason jar.
This recipe makes just enough to fill a 4 ounce jar (the perfect size for dipping those fries!). Or, double the recipe and store in an 8 ounce jar.
Burger and Fry Sauce
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon pickle juice
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- In a bowl, add mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickle juice, paprika, and garlic powder. Whisk until smooth.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Use as a condiment on burgers or as a dipping sauce for fries.
- Burger sauce will keep for about 2 weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Recipe makes enough to fill a 4 ounce mason jar.
- Dijon mustard can be substituted with yellow mustard.
- Pickle juice can be substituted with white or apple cider vinegar.