Bored of plain old mayo? Ketchup bottle unexpectedly empty? Don’t despair – dollop something deliciously different on your burger instead. All these recipes serve four and can be easily doubled if you’re feeding a crowd.
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Classic burger sauce
Stir together 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp ketchup, 25g finely chopped cornichons and 1 tbsp American mustard (we used French’s).
Try with our American-style cheeseburger recipe.
Maple bacon relish
Fry 100g smoked bacon lardons until very crispy. Turn down the heat, then stir in 3 tbsp red onion marmalade and 1 tbsp maple syrup. Cook for another minute or until glossy and well combined. Leave to cool a little before serving.
Try with our great breakfast burger recipe.
Put 125ml beer (Belgian blonde style is best) in a pan with 1 tbsp flour and 10g butter. Whisk until the butter melts and the mixture starts bubbling. Whisk for a couple more mins until just thickened, then add 25g grated cheese and 1/4 tsp marmite. Stir well until the cheese has melted.
Try with our pork & fennel burgers with fennel slaw.
Jalapeno cheese sauce
Put 125ml milk in a pan over a medium heat with 1 tbsp flour and 10g butter. Whisk until the butter melts and starts boiling. Whisk for a couple of mins, just until thickened then add 25g grated cheese and 25g chopped pickled jalapeno chillies.
Try with our Tex-Mex burger recipe.
Mix 1 crushed clove garlic with 2-3 tsp harissa paste, then fold through 150g yogurt to create a ripple effect.
Try with our lamb & chickpea pitta burger recipe.
Blue cheese mayo
Crumble 50g blue cheese in a bowl, then fold in 3 tbsp mayonnaise.
Try with our sticky sausage burgers with blue cheese.
Crumble 100g feta cheese in a bowl then mix in 2 tbsp chipotle paste. Mash with a fork until well combined.
Try with our spiced sweet potato burgers with avocado & basil salsa.
Tarragon special sauce
Combine 1/2 small bunch fresh tarragon, chopped, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 small finely chopped shallot and 75g mayonnaise.
Try with our salmon & horseradish burgers.
Combine 2 tbsp Dijon mustard with 4 tbsp crème fraiche. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Try with our crisp chicken burgers with lemon mayo.
Whizz up 2 egg yolks and 1 tsp Dijon mustard in a large bowl with an electric hand whisk. Keep the beaters running in the mixture while you drizzle in 160g sunflower oil and 2 tbsp truffle oil. Once smooth, stir in 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1-2 tsp warm water. Stir in 1 sliced black summer truffle and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Try with our turkey burgers with sweet potato chips.
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What is your favourite sauce for burgers? Do you have a tried-and-tested recipe to share? Let us know in the comments below!