Gone are the days of ketchup, mustard, and tasteless mayo. Next time you order, don’t be afraid to drown your burger in one of these mouth-watering condiments.
Jose Salazar’s Goose & Elder calls the eponymous “Goose Sauce” its secret ingredient. What certainly isn’t a secret to regulars is that this is the Swiss army knife of sauces. The mildly spiced mayo-based sauce comes on the side with the krinkle-cut Elder Fries, but it pairs perfectly with practically everything on the menu.
Bone Marrow Mayo
You can find this collagen-rich condiment liberally slathered and mingling with sherry onions and triple-cream brie atop Khora’s delectable Sakura Farms burger. Dubbed “marrownaise” in some culinary circles, the sauce brings to the table a umami flavor that could elevate even the most basic burger.
OK, so City Goat’s jalapeño cream sauce isn’t really a sauce at all—it’s actually a cream cheese. But that doesn’t mean you should write off this unlikely burger topper. On the double-stacked “Farmer’s Daughter,” it meshes with the restaurant’s secret signature sauce to create a spicy concoction that’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
We’re still wondering how on earth Mike could be so mad when he makes a sauce like this (yes, we’re perfectly aware that the Mad in Mad Mike’s stands for “massive and delicious”). The spicy chipotle-mayo-esque creation comes on practically everything at this no-nonsense burger joint, from the “American Outlaw” all the way down to the fried pickles.
Housemade Tartar Sauce
There have to be a hundred or so restaurants that have tried—and in some cases, failed spectacularly—to recreate Frisch’s famous tartar sauce for their own (well-intended) rip-offs of the Big Boy. But somehow, The Gruff gets it right with the tangy housemade blend that crowns “The Gruff Boy,” its very own homage to the classic.