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The Best Relish Sauce For Burgers (Recipe)

To me, a burger without a good sauce is like a PB&J sandwich without peanut butter – it’s just not right! Sauces add moisture, flavor, and textures to a burger which really makes it a lot more enjoyable.

Whether you’re a ketchup person, or you prefer mayo, mustard or BBQ sauce, adding sauce is key to making a burger stand out. It’s also an easy way to customize burgers and make them special. This relish sauce could be your secret ingredient! Next time you’re at a family BBQ, put it on the table of condiments and watch it disappear.

Relish sauce for burgers

Personally, I think relish is an underrated topping. It can really take food to a whole new level. It’s sweet, tangy, and the flavor goes so well with beef, pork, or even chicken. It may go well with fish too, but I haven’t actually tried that. I always have some in the fridge. Whether you like pickle relish or onion relish, it can bring out flavors of your burger patty and give you a touch of deliciousness. This recipe is also awesome for dipping fries in. Who doesn’t love dipping their fries in everything and anything?

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It adds a unique flavor you can’t find anywhere else
  • The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge
  • It gives your burgers a bit of gourmet flair without spending extra money or effort
  • It can be made with common ingredients you may already have in your fridge
  • It’s sweet and tangy and works perfectly on a burger patty
  • You can use it as a starting point and add your own variations and flavors
  • It helps add moisture and flavor to your burger (turkey burgers, I’m looking at you)
  • It’s easy to make and can be whipped up in a minutes

This recipe looks really pretty and it’s always a huge hit in my family. You can make the sauce a few hours before and let it sit in the fridge for the flavors to come together. It’s perfect for a summer BBQ when you’re outside grilling!

Relish sauce for burgers

What’s in this relish sauce for burgers?

Mayonnaise – This is the base for the creamy sauce. I would use a high quality mayonnaise (I love the one from Trader Joe’s – but choose any). Miracle Whip is an option worth considering, but only if you’re looking for something a bit sweeter.

Relish – This is the best ingredient for getting that distinctive sweetness in this sauce. Sugar can make the sauce feel a bit grainy, while relish adds all the sweetness, flavor and a bit of crunch too!

Dijon mustard – Ahh, my favorite. I love Dijon mustard and consider it a secret ingredient in a lot of my recipes. It really adds to this sauce with delightful acidity and a bit of tartness. It really balances the flavor, and it contributes a bit to the beautiful color.

White Vinegar – I have tried this recipe with ACV and I personally did not care for it. White vinegar is the way to go. It helps to add back some of the brightness that might be lost with too much sweetness.

Spice Mix – All the spices play a significant role in this recipe. I experimented with a few different kinds and found this makeup to be the best. The paprika also adds a bright color. If you want a smoky flavor, use smoked paprika!

Relish sauce for burgers ingredients
The easiest burger sauce to make!

What else can you use this relish sauce for?

While I always use this sauce for burgers, I do think it is very versatile. If you have a bit leftover, try spreading it on your egg and cheese for breakfast in the morning. You can use this sauce wherever you would normally use mayonnaise. Here are some ideas:

  • Make salads and dressings (think egg salad, pasta salad, and tuna salad)
  • Use it to dress up salad greens
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for anything – especially potatoes and fries
  • Top your hot dogs with it
  • Use it as an aioli for tacos

Is your mouth watering yet? I hope you enjoy this recipe! Leave a comment and let me know how you used it and how your family liked it.

Relish sauce for burgers

The best relish sauce for burgers

This homemade relish sauce is easy to make and tastes amazing on burgers or as a dipping sauce for fries
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 4 tbsp relish any brand
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar optional


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve on burgers, or use as a dipping sauce
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