Tom’s Hamburger Sauce

This is what I slather all over the hamburgers I make at home. Aficionados of Bud’s Broiler–an old local chain of charcoal-grilled hamburger joints around New Orleans–may note that this is a bit similar to the sauce on Bud’s Number One. I admit that as my inspiration, but this isn’t their recipe. It’s also a takeoff from “secret” sauces found in fast food places everywhere. They all are variations on a blend of mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. This one substitutes barbecue sauce and chipotle Tabasco for the ketchup, which I avoid wherever possible.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbs. dill relish, well drained
  • 2 Tbs. smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. coarsely-ground black pepper


Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate what you don’t use immediately.

Makes enough for about ten hamburgers.

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