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A great homemade burger sauce is an easy win to elevate a big juicy burger from yum to holy crapola, this is so good!!! And when a burger sauce recipe is this easy and that much better, nobody has an excuse to resort to those squeezy bottles sold at grocery stores…..

I have two go-to burger sauce recipes: a tomato chutney-type one (25 minutes on the stove) and this creamy one (20 second mix). You understand why this one is so popular in my circles. 😂

Special burger sauce for hamburgers in a mixing bowl ready for use
Spooning Special burger sauce onto a cheeseburger
Spooning a generous amount of Special Burger Sauce onto a Cheeseburger.

Copycat Heinz Secret Burger Sauce

This burger sauce is a copycat of Heinz Secret Burger Sauce. Except theirs includes Acidity Regulators (260, 330), Stabilisers (412, 415, Contain Traces of Soy), and Preservatives (202, 224), to name a few of the more tantalising ingredients on the label.

This burger sauce recipe does not. 🙂

Even using store bought mayonnaise, which I have done so here. (I really need to pop a mayo recipe on my website, don’t I??!).

Ingredients in homemade burger sauce

Here’s what you need to make this burger sauce.

Ingredients in Special burger sauce for hamburgers
  • Sweet gherkins – These are gherkins that are (as the name may give away!) sweet as well as tangy rather than just tangy. Substitute with any gherkin / pickled cucumber will work fine here, sweet is what you’re after if you want to replicate the store bought burger sauces.

  • Juice from gherkin jar – We to use some of the pickling juices for tang and flavour in our sauce. Neat trick!

  • Mayonnaise – I like using whole egg mayonnaise for smoother, more rounded flavour. Hellmans and S&W are two popular brands here in Australia. Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise is also great, albeit more expensive. Substitute with any ordinary mayonnaise which works just fine too, but the flavour is slightly sharper and sweeter.

  • American yellow mustard – We’re after that artificially bright yellow stuff here which adds flavour and colour warmth to the sauce. Not to be confused with hot English mustard which is the same colour but very spicy! Substitute with any smooth mustard.

  • White wine vinegar – The tang in the sauce. Substitute with apple cider vinegar. If you’ve only got ordinary white vinegar, reduce by about 1/3.

  • White sugar – To add sweetness to the sauce. I just use white but brown will work fine too.

  • Spices – paprika (makes the sauce a bit pinky), onion powder and garlic granules (substitute with powder). Onion and garlic powder can be substituted with more of the other.

How to make special burger sauce

It’s very technical…. dump and mix. 😂 We need more recipes like this!!!

Mixing Special burger sauce for hamburgers
Special burger sauce for hamburgers

Using the burger sauce – double up!

I was born with the instinct to double up – sauce on the bottom lid and smeared on the top lid or drizzled over the burger patty stack piled up in the bun. I can’t imagine just smearing it on the lid or base of the bun – am I wrong??

I know you know how to mix together a bunch of ingredients but I made a quick little how-to video for you anyway. Mainly as an excuse to show off how good hamburgers are with homemade sauce.

Hope you give this a go one day! Let me know in the comments below if you do. – Nagi x

PS And if you want a Cheeseburger to slather this on, just head right here.

Watch how to make it

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Special burger sauce for hamburgers

Special Burger Sauce

Servings4 – 5 burgers

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Recipe video above. A great homemade burger sauce is an easy win to elevate a big juicy hamburger from yum to holy crapola, this is so good!!! Dead easy and so much better than store bought.Makes just over 3/4 cup, enough for 4 – 5 burgers.

Recipe Notes:

1. Mayo – whole egg has a smoother, more rounded flavour than non-whole-egg mayo. I like Hellmans and S&W. Ordinary mayo works fine too, kewpie is also great!
2. Mustard – not to be confused with hot English mustard which is the same colour but very, very spicy! Sub with any other smooth mustard.
3. Sweet gherkins are gherkins with a touch more sugar. Ordinary gherkins will work fine too.
4. Pickle juice – This is the juices from the pickle jar.
5. Vinegar – apple cider vinegar is the best substitute, otherwise any other clear vinegar. If using ordinary distilled white vinegar reduce by a touch (it’s a bit sharper).
6. Storage – Should keep for the shelf life of the mayonnaise. 
7. Nutrition per serving assuming 5 servings.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 220cal (11%)Carbohydrates: 4g (1%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 23g (35%)Saturated Fat: 4g (25%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mg (4%)Sodium: 251mg (11%)Potassium: 27mg (1%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 3g (3%)Vitamin A: 165IU (3%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 9mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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