Enjoy our unique Special Burger Sauce Recipe with a kick! Perfect for burgers, dipping fries, wraps, sandwiches, and any summer grilled meats! Delicous served with an Epic Summer Hamburger Board!

a brown bowl of special pink sauce with burger toppings

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When friends ask me, What’s your “secret sauce,” I immediately think about grilling burgers! Ha! But referring to RE and entertaining, if I had to sum it up, my secret sauce is getting food on the table (easy recipes), and then the conversation with guests.

Special Burger Sauce Recipe

“Secret sauce” refers to that thing that you do that is unique, different, and special….

But today, think food! :) We love a good cheeseburger, don’t you? Serve Josh’s Favorite Double Cheeseburger with these Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers–the perfect summer menu! Also this Teriyaki Burgers recipe is awesome!

a brown bowl of special burger sauce

What is our special sauce made of?

At the end of the day, special sauce is a condiment in our household for burgers, fries, sandwiches, you name it. Traditionally it’s special, because it’s a family recipe, similar to Thousand Island dressing with mayo, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish.

an open face cheeseburger with a small bowl of pink sauce

Ingredients for Burger Sauce

  • Mayonaise
  • Ketchup
  • Garlic powder
  • Pickle juice
  • Sriracha, hot sauce, or 2 tsp smoked paprika (oh so good!)

small bowl of pink sauce for burgers

What’s your secret “sauce?”

When it comes to “what’s my secret sauce,” tons of experience and wisdom come to mind. Over time and making mistakes, we’ve learned pretty well what to sweat and not to sweat, so the final product (if you will)–a great time, rest, connections and good food–is apparent.

brown bowl of special pink sauce

I think we’ve learned over hours of doing this the line between perfection and being prepared. Great, as opposed to perfect, which isn’t necessary, is a myth, and actually harms the heart of entertaining.

So this weekend …. there will be no perfect entertaining, but we may have a few people over for some burgers and special sauce.

The time with people is what we care about!

an open face cheeseburger with a small bowl of pink sauce
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Special Burger Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha, hot sauce, or 2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine and mix all ingredients for special sauce—add Sriracha or hot sauce for a little kick! Serve cold on burgers, hotdogs, or French fries.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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an open face hamburger with a bowl of special burger sauce