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Killer Burger Sauce – Oh Sweet Basil

Elevate your burger game with this delicious killer burger sauce recipe. Made with a secret blend of ingredients, this sauce will take your burgers to the next level.

This is it, the killer burger sauce recipe. If you don’t want dry, flavorless burgers, look no further for the best classic hamburger sauce.

I’ll make this short and sweet since we’ve already talked about our two secrets for the perfect burger. We live by those secrets and sure enough our burger turns out every time. Dust off the grill and let’s make perfect burgers and then top with the best burger sauce you’ve ever had!

Burger Sauce Ingredients

So you’re probably wondering what goes into the best burger sauce. Well, let me tell you! Think Big Mac Sauce, In-N-Out’s special sauce or thousand island dressing, but made in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy and comes together in no time!

  • Mayonnaise
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard or Dijon Mustard
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

To make the sauce, whisk all the ingredients together and set aside until the hamburgers are ready to assemble. The measurements of each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a photo of a cheeseburger with burger sauce dripping down the sides with tomato and lettuce showing

How to Assemble the Perfect Burger

Forget the ketchup and mayo and go for a really good burger sauce. I am a huge fan of sauces and condiments but in the case of the burger, keep it simple, burger, sauce, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Besides the burger sauce, these are the other items you will want to make a drool-worthy burger…

  • Brioche Buns: Always toast your buns. Always. Whether or not you use butter brushed on the inside and outside is up to you, but always toast those babies.
  • Special Meat Blend: Burgers don’t want to be slow cooked so crank up the heat and quickly cook on each side. We do medium high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Lettuce: We prefer butter or green leaf lettuce for the best texture, color and flavor.
  • Vine Ripe Tomato: We slice the tomatoes thin using our favorite tomato knife.
  • American Cheese: A processed cheese made from cheddar, Colby, or similar cheeses and gets extra melty and delicious.
  • Butter: A little butter on the burger is always a good thing. Culvers butter burger converted us and we hardly ever make it without butter.
  • Salt and Pepper: I cringe a little every time I see a burger get plopped on a grill without seasoning. Do you like your French fries without salt? Well meat needs seasoning as well.
a photo taken over the top of an assembled cheeseburger with a sauce dripping out the side and has a grilled bun next to it and a small bowl of sauce and sliced tomatoes

Why Do Hamburger Patties Fall Apart?

It’s not about the fat content, honestly.

Just make sure you don’t have too many liquid-y things in there, like too much Worcestershire sauce or onions, but what’s also important is to make sure they are cold when you put them on the grill, AND do not keep flipping them. Hamburgers should only need to be flipped once.

That will make the burger fall apart for sure.

Can Hamburgers Be Pink in the Middle?

Yes, a hamburger that is pink in the middle can be safe to eat if it has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. If my friend is doing it and I don’t know where the meat is from or it’s a basic store-bought prepared burger someone is cooking always go with well-done. Again, reading our post about the best burger is helpful.

I know we’ve all been taught to send back a pink burger but at a good restaurant or at home you actually should have a slightly pink center. Why? Well eating out you can’t control that’s it’s fresh, good meat being ground and that it’s been carefully prepared and cooked so it’s too risky. But when you use our special meat blend from our 2 secrets post you’ll have a perfect burger if you don’t cook it to well done. I know, it’s a little scary the first time but trust us. An over cooked burger is the same as an overcooked steak.

a photo taken from the side of a juicy cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and creamy burger sauce dripping down the sides of the burger.

What is the Difference Between Yellow Mustard and Dijon?

Dijon mustard has a sharper, tangier flavor than yellow mustard.

What if I Don’t Like Pickles?

If you don’t like the flavor of pickles, then you can replace the pickle relish with a tablespoon of white vinegar. If it’s the texture of pickles that you aren’t a fan of, I would use the pickle juice just to get that pickle flavor in there, but like I mentioned above, I’m actually not a pickle fan, but I don’t even notice them in this sauce.

The Perfect Sides for the Killer Burger

I know you want the burger to be the star of the show, but a good side or two is always a good thing! Try our grilled corn or baked beans! If you want some extra flavor, go for our Elote grilled street corn or Elote corn salad!

And you can’t ever forget fries when you have a burger! Go for our perfect French fries with special sauce! And let me just add here that this classic burger sauce recipe is a great dipping sauce for french fries too!

Storage Tips

Extra burger sauce should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to a week.

a photo of a thick and juicy cheeseburger with burger dripping down the sides with tomato slices and lettuce layered on the burger

Add a kick to your burger with this homemade killer burger sauce recipe. Made with simple ingredients, this sauce is sure to elevate your burger game to the next level. 

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Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes


This is it, the killer burger sauce recipe. If you don’t want dry, stale burgers look no further for the best classic hamburger sauce.

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For the Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, bbq, ketchup, and mustard.

    1/2 Cup Mayonnaise, 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce, 2 Tablespoons Ketchup, 1/4 teaspoon Mustard

  • Stir in the relish, Worcestershire, and seasonings.

    2 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish, 3 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder, 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper to taste

  • Set aside until you’re ready to assemble.

  • Prepare the tomatoes and lettuce, set aside.

    Vine Ripe Tomato, Butter

For the Burgers

  • Heat the grill to high heat.

  • Brush the grates with a little oil.

  • Separate the meat into four patties and press out flat, making an indentation right in the center to promote even cooking and less shrinking.

    1 Pound [Special Meat Blend]

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place a dollop of butter on top.

    Salt and Pepper, 2 Tablespoons Butter

  •  Place each patty on the grill and turn to medium high.

  • Cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes, if the burger is ready to be flipped it will release from the grates, if not allow it to cook a moment more.

  • Flip and season the other side, adding your cheese, shutting the lid and cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.

    American Cheese

  • Meanwhile, brush a little butter on the inside and outside of the buns.

    4 Brioche Buns

  • Place bottom down on the grill and toast only until grill marks appear.

  • Remove from grill, slather each bun with sauce, lettuce, tomato, and finally the patty, the center should be slightly pink when done.

  • Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy!

This sauce will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Serving: 1gCalories: 802kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 29gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 244mgSodium: 1018mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1068IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 3mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: America’s Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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