There’s a difference between a good sauce for burgers and a great one. I’m confident that this is the best burger sauce recipe you’ll have. There’s no mustard in this one and it’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

burger sauce in two glass jars on a bread board. It is surrounded by a kitchen towel and serving utensils

Why you’ll love this creamy burger sauce recipe

I can confidently say this is the best sauce for burgers. This sauce takes every burger to the next level. It even makes a great sauce for turkey burgers.

This easy burger sauce only requires mixing. It’s a minimal-effort recipe with maximum results. It’s so quick to throw together that it’s ready in less than 5 minutes.

We love serving this sauce with Ranch Burgers, Smoked Hamburgers, Cheeseburger Sliders, and even as dressing for this Big Mac Salad.

What is burger sauce?

Burger sauce is a condiment that’s commonly put on hamburgers and other sandwiches.

It’s a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, vinegar, salt and pepper. Some variations include mustard and chili powder.

The exact ingredients can vary depending on personal preference and regional variations, but the sauce is generally creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet.

Ingredients for burger sauce

  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • sweet pickle relish
  • sugar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
ingredients to make the best burger sauce

substitutions and alterations

Jalapeno burger sauce: You can make this a spicy burger sauce by adding in some pickled jalapenos. Just chop them up and mix them in with the rest of the ingredients.

Apple cider vinegar: White vinegar can be used in this recipe if that it was you have on hand.

how to make burger sauce

This is incredibly easy to make. All you’re going to do is add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk it until it’s smooth and combined.

It really is that easy!

burger sauce in a bowl

How to store sauce for burgers

Place the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If it begins to separate, just give it a good mix.

I like storing mine in a mason jar so that it’s easy to serve.

FAQs about homemade burger sauce

What is burger sauce made of?

Burger sauce is made of mayo, ketchup, relish, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Is Big Mac sauce just Thousand Island?

No, Big Mac sauce is different than Thousand Island. According to the McDonald’s website, the Big Mac sauce doesn’t contain any ketchup and Thousand Island does.

Why does burger sauce taste so good?

Burger sauce is the perfect combination of savory, tangy, and sweet. With all of the typical burger condiments combined in one sauce, it makes burgers even more moist and adds great flavor.

Is burger sauce the same thing as Thousand Island?

Burger sauce is different than Thousand Island. While they both include ketchup and pickles, they’re different ingredients and different tastes.

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Best Burger Sauce Recipe

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Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons
There's a difference between a good sauce for burgers and a great one. I'm confident that this is the best burger sauce recipe you'll have. There's no mustard in this one and it's the perfect combination of savory and sweet.



  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together to combine.
  • Serve with the sliders.



You can add the ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine as well and then just store it in the mason jar in the fridge.


Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Trans Fat: 0.004g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 0.03g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 47IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dip, Dips, Dressings, Sauce
Cuisine: American

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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