10 Best Burger Sauces and Spreads

For a burger that rises above the ordinary, you can't go wrong with a special sauce. Here are 10 sauces and spreads that will make this a burger to remember.

A slice of cheese, a slice of tomato, some ketchup, and a little mustard — that’s about all you need for a good burger. But what about for a great burger? One for the ages? One to make your family swoon and beg for more?

For that kind of burger, you’re going to want to sauce it up, my friend. And lucky for you, we’ve got plenty of sauces and spreads for you to choose from.

Any one of these would elevate your burger from ordinary to extraordinary. Take your pick!

What’s your favorite sauce or spread for burgers?

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

For that classic drive-through burger flavor, you can't beat a healthy spread of Thousand Island Dressing. Don't forget the relish!

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Blue Cheese Wing Dip - sauce in bowl surrounded by burgers and sides

This sauce is for blue cheese lovers only! It's a tangy smack in the face that pairs well with the richness of an all-beef burger.

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Bacon Onion Jam

Bacon jam on a burger is just gilding the lily, but...why not?! This bacon jam is sweet, savory, and utterly magical.

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Chimichurri Sauce in bowl

A mix of fresh herbs and garlic, I especially love the bright and tangy flavor of chimichurri on turkey burgers!

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Easy Tomato Jam Recipe

Instead of a simple slice of tomato, how about a thick spread of this rich and slightly sweet tomato jam?

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Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Can't have a round-up like this without some kind of BBQ sauce in the mix! This one is smoky, spicy, rich... plus bourbon, of course. All the things you want for an over-the-top burger.

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Fresh Basil Pesto

For a burger that celebrates the best of summer, go for a healthy dollop or three of fresh basil pesto. It's fresh and herby, but also rich enough to stand up to a hearty burger.

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Spanish Romesco Sauce

Here's something a little different! Romesco is a blend of roasted red peppers, almonds, garlic, and tomatoes, and it's a great topping for beef and turkey burgers alike.

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I love how this sauce adds a cool contrast to the richness of a burger. It works well with lamb or beef burgers, but I think it really shines with turkey burgers.

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Our best guacamole, served with chips

If you've got some guac left in the bowl by the time you get to dinner, pile it on your burger! It adds a creamy richness to every bite.

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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  1. M. Speaks

    If you’re not using a green olive tapenade as a burger spread you’re missing one of the best. The briny paste is a perfect match for beef.