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RED hamburger relish - where to buy?

I'm thinking specifically of the relish they use at Bob's Big Boy. I used to see this in stores a lot but not lately. I think you can still buy it at the Bob's restaurants, but there aren't any close to me anymore. Any suggestions?

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  1. Doesn't Heinz make something like this? If not the local super, I'd think Bristol or Gelsons would have it.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I found some online, and it's not the B&G stuff:


      Cains Sweet Tomato Hamburger Relish. My folks in CT turned me on to the brand to look for.

      1. I think Smart & Final has it.

          1. re: ciaobella

            I usually don't like this kind of thing, but I've always felt the tomatoey relish that Pacific Dining Car serves with their steaks is very (if crudely) tasty, especially on the breakfast filet -- possibly because I'm usually there in the wee hours of the night. The relish goes well with steak, lyonnaise potatoes, eggs, and toast, and I'll bet it would also be fine on a hamburger with french fries.

            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

            Pacific Dining Car
            2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          2. They sell a version of it at HOWS market; I forget the brand.

              1. Ah tradition. Backyard grilled burgers with red relish. I have posted this question myself. It is unfair that something as traditional as red hamburger relish that you find on store shelves in Boston cannot be found in L.A. My favorite was the brand used at Mr. Bartley’s burger cottage in Harvard Sq. But even that brand was struggling to survive and I am not sure whether it is still around in Boston. I think the problem began when places began using Thousand Island style sauce and the rest is history. I have been told to just use green sweet relish with some ketchup mixed-in. “That what Hunts did,” so they tell me. If you want Hot dog relish, do the same but use mustard. This is a job for Trader Joe’s. Maybe time has come to post on Home Cooking for a good recipe. Some of the Thousand Island stuff is good but Comeback sauce is better. Perhaps part of the backyard tradition can include making red relish and comeback sauce.

                Home Cooking Post

                My Post asking for Hamburger relish – the red kind.

                Post on Comeback / kumback / cumback sauce

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                  1. re: JeetJet

                    If you want the relish they use at Bartley's, it's Howard sweet pepper relish. I used to eat that stuff by the spoonful -- tastes particularly amazing with feta cheese. BTW, I think that's red peppers in the relish, not cucumbers, so mixing ordinary sweet relish with ketchup won't really work. Here's a link to a place to buy it on-line:


                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Hello, my name is Wade Thames and I live in Jackson, MS. I see there is an interest out there for Comeback Sauce. I have been bottling and selling it out of my family's restaurant for the past few years. I would love to send you a couple of bottles if you are interested. It'll save you some leg work when you need to whip some up for the 4th to go with all that wonderful food!
                      Our restaurant is named Fat Tuesday's and we base our menu around New Orleans inspired dishes. We serve Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Shrimp, Oysters, etc...
                      We serve Comeback Sauce as our house salad dressing, a dip for several appetizers (one of the most popular is just "comeback & crackers"), on our shrimp and oyster po-boys, with our boiled shirmp, anywhere and everywhere. People love it on anything!
                      Please check it out if you like... http://www.fattuesdaysrestaurant.com/...

                      Wade Thames
                      "The Comeback Kid"
                      Fat Tuesdays Comeback Sauce

                    2. Like the relish at apple pan? I tried to make this with ketchup and relish and it was NOT the same thing.

                      1. Recently @ Costco I got Dickinson's Premium Sweet 'n' Hot Pepper & Onion Relish, 28 oz. (Tomatoes, sugar, jalapenos, vinegar, onion, red bell peppers).

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                        1. re: vickie2172

                          Nope, that's not the stuff.

                          If anyone missed it, I was active in a few of the past threads already referenced in this discussion. Why? I am/was a red hamburger relish fanatic.

                          True connoisseurs will only use Del Monte or Heinz red relish -- the other stuff either doesn't taste the same (namely the B&G garbage), or is completely different condiment (e.g. "Sweet 'n' Hot Pepper & Onion Relish". Hurl.)

                          So what do I have to add today? The red relish I know and love is simply not manufactured anymore. Period. If you see it lingering on a shelf somewhere, grab it and post a heads-up. But they're not making anymore of it until consumer demand is in place...

                        2. This post inspired me, so when I was at HOWS today, I decided to pick up a jar & try it. It's Steinfeld's Hamburger Relish, & contains the following: cucumbers, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, vinegar, salt, paprika, spices, dehydrated onions, xanthan gum, calcium chloride, natural and artificial flavors, polysorbate 80, & garlic powder.

                          Distributed by Bay Valley Foods, LLC, of Green Bay, Wi.

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                          1. re: Jack Flash

                            THANKS to Jack Flash for solving a year long hunt. I just returned from Hows with two brands of Red Hamburger Relish -- Steinfeld's and Del Monte. The Del Monte brand has a hamburger on the label. I also bought a jar of Del Monte Hamburger Chips (Dill chips). Big Thanks Jack

                            HOWS Market -- 4 locations

                            1. re: JeetJet

                              Which How's? And which one did you like better?

                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                Hey cala, Thanks for re-posting this search. I gave up over a year ago and now Jack Flash came through for all of us. I can’t believe how casual Jack is about it. This is about preserving an American Tradition almost as important as the Hamburger. After reading his post (somehow I missed his first post further up) I jumped in the car and drove over to the Pasadena / San Morino location. When the checker asked me "Did you find everything you wanted" I began laughing and answered "Yes, but it took me over a year, about 20 stores and Chowhound.com" She looked closer at what I was buying and then she laughed and said, "Oh ya, 'RED' Hamberger Relish. The reason that is on the shelf here is because so many people asked for it.'" I have not tried either one yet because my diet is restricted (clear liqued only-- ouch) until Saturday. But I can say they both look good and that Steinfeld's is more red than the Del Monte. From what I recall the Hunts brand, thet is not made anymore, would be somewhere between these two in color. I will post back this weekend after I open both jars and try them during a blind taste test on a backyard grilled burger. As my Uncle Bob would always ask, "Does anyone want there Buns toasted?" Raise your glasses everyone, "Heres to Jack Flash's Buns."

                                PASADENA/SAN MARINO
                                (626) 535-9091
                                3035 E. Huntington Drive
                                OPEN 24 Hours

                                Also, I made a post on the Boston Board because when I was back there I bought some at a Bartley's and at a market (long gone now). The Boston Hounds have come-up with some names and I recall that stuff was really good. From a photo one hound posted it appears that the B&G brand is the one in the store back there but has a different label than the photo shows further up in this thread.


                                1. re: JeetJet

                                  I put some (the Steinfeld's) on my burger last night & it was quite tasty! No need for any other condiments. I'm a bit sheepish because I actually noticed the stuff (quite by accident) when shopping a month or so ago. At the time, I remembered that you (or someone) had posted a query about this some time ago, and I meant to post something later that evening. Of course, it slipped my mind until this thread was started, when I did an "oh, yeah. Let me see if they still have that stuff. I might like to get a jar, too."

                                  HOWS is good about responding to what its customers want. If the other HOWS don't have it, just ask, and mention that the Pasadena store carries it.

                                  1. re: Jack Flash

                                    Pasadena is close to me anyway. I'll pick up one of each. Thanks, all!

                                    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                      We grilled some burgers today and tried both brands of the Red Hamburger Relish on them -- Steinfeld's and Del Monte. They are both very good although they are very different. The Del Monte brand is a dill flavor with the flavor of red peppers mixed through it. I don’t know if this will make sense but it seems more like a serious burger relish than the Steinfeld's. The Steinfeld's brand is sweeter, much more moist (juicier) and more red as a result of more red sweet peppers. The Steinfeld's brand reminds me more of what I had at Mr. Bartley’s in Boston. The Del Monte reminds me more of what my Uncle Bob had at his backyard Bar-B-Qs. I really cannot say that I like one more than the other but I can say I like them both about equal. It would be nice to have both on hand when grilling burgers because sometimes the dill flavor would, or the sweeter flavor, would go better with the other foods that might be on the table. The only other thing I put on my cheese burger today was some purple onion. – great afternoon.

                                      Steinfeld's and Del Monte Hamburger Relish at Hows in Pasadena
                                      HOWS Market -- 4 locations http://www.howsmarkets.com/maps.htm

                                      1. re: JeetJet

                                        I picked up one of each today - interesting that they had Steinfeld's in the Kosher food section!

                              2. re: JeetJet

                                Yes yes, which Hows?! The Torrance location does not stock Del Monte hamburger relish, and I want an answer now! ;-)

                                1. re: Joe Blowe

                                  I wonder whether they were just sold out because of the 4th. It was hard to find Ice Cream salt this week also with all those Backyard Chefs at work. Maybe call them and ask whether they stock it and if not then request that they do so. Let them know that the Pasadena location has it. Good luck

                            2. FYI...regarding heinz...

                              Dear -----,

                              Thank you for your email about Heinz Red Hamburger Relish.

                              We sincerely regret having to disappoint you, but we have discontinued production of this product due to changing market conditions. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring this variety back into the marketplace at this time.

                              Your comments are very important to us and will be shared with our management. We hope you will remain one of our valued customers, and hope you will try another of our products. In the meantime, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-255-5750.

                              Heinz Consumer Resource Center


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                              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                Yup, the same canned response I got from Heinz last year, hence my comments above on July 4.

                                I did go to the Torrance Hows this weekend and, sure enough, Del Monte Red Hamburger Relish is on the shelf (complete with a NEW! sticker). Brought home a jar and quickly remembered why I'm such a Heinz Red Hamburger Relish fan...

                                1. re: Joe Blowe

                                  I tried both Del Monte and Steinfelds tonight(one burger each), and while they're both good,I think I slightly prefer Steinfeld's. This is just like the Bob's Big Boy relish!

                              2. Does anyone know whether Steinfeld's or Del Monte would be closer to the Knott's berry farm relish of yesteryear? I've been asked to find a replacement for that but I do not remember ever having tasted it. Bob's Big Boy I've had but don't recall - went to the Glendale one a few years ago most recently.


                                1. The round jar pictured in the link below with red relish called Homade Chili Sauce is great on burgers. My parents have used it since I was a wee lad but I'd have to ask mom where she currently buys it.


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                                  1. I have bought the red relish at Jons and Hows Market's.

                                    1. I want to find the red relish that the Apple Pan uses