Best Smash Burger Sauce

Written by Mike Futia | Updated June 24, 2023

This smash burger sauce goes PERFECT with your favorite smash burger and smash burger tacos

Ever since I became obsessed with smash burgers, I make this smash burger sauce recipe EVERY time—they go hand-in-hand!

You'll never make your burgers the same way again after trying this delicious smash burger sauce. 

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I've perfected this recipe and we're only using the absolutely bare minimum necessary ingredients!

Trust me, this burger sauce tastes WAY better than anything store-bought sauce that's filled with junk! 

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How To Make Smash Burger Sauce

This recipe is super fresh, and it yields about 6 ounces of burger sauce.

The Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise (2/3 cup). For a creamy and tangy base.
  • Ketchup (1.5 tbsp). For a sweet and tomato-based flavor.
  • Pickle juice (1.5 tbsp). A nice subtle pickled flavor.
  • Paprika (1 tsp). For a smoky, slightly sweet flavor. 
  • Garlic powder (1/2 tsp). Every burger sauce needs a hint of garlic! 
  • Onion powder (1/2 tsp). For a hint of zesty, sharp onion flavor.
  • Mustard (2 tsp). For a little color and tang. Either yellow. mustard or dijon works..
  • Salt. To taste.

The Directions

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1. Add all ingredients into a bowl, and mix until well-combined.

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2. Serve on your smash burger or smoked burger and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store in an airtight container or mason jar for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
  • To Freeze. Unfortunately, I don't recommend freezing this burger sauce as it's not meant to be thawed out. Be sure to serve fresh and refrigerate! 

What To Serve With Smash Burger Sauce 

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Best Smash Burger Sauce

This smash burger sauce goes PERFECT with your favorite smash burger! Ever since I became obsessed with smash burgers, I make this burger sauce EVERY time—they go hand-in-hand!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 ounces
Calories 177 kcal


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tbsp ketchup
  • 1.5 tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp mustard yellow or dijon
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Add all ingredients into a bowl, and mix until well-combined.
  • Serve with your smash burger, and enjoy!


Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 654mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.2mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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