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Spicy Burger Sauce Recipe? (Without Ketchup)

eviemichael Jul 4, 2013 03:36 AM

Hi everyone, we're grilling burgers this Sunday and I haven't been able to find any recipes for spicy sauce online that doesn't have ketchup. My husband and I both detest it. Other than ketchup, we pretty much eat everything.

Does anyone have a killer spicy burger sauce recipe for me? :-)

  1. Kris in Beijing Jul 4, 2013 06:23 AM

    Not so much a sauce or a condiment as a topping, but definitely worth a try.

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    1. re: Kris in Beijing
      Indy 67 Jul 4, 2013 06:37 AM

      Great suggestion. If there's a Trader Joe's near you, consider buying their version of Kimchi, available in a pouch in the refrigerated section. It is almost as good as the stuff I used to be able to buy at a local farmer's market from a young Korean fellow who called his company "Number One Son." (If you live near the Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA farmer's market, look for this product Sunday mornings.)

      Another recommendation: Chimichurri sauce (I used to get my favorite mail ordered from the Santa Fe Chile Shop, but they haven't carried that brand in ages. I have three recipes, but I haven't made any of those yet. Perhaps someone will contribute a recipe he/she can vouch for.)

      Finally, a recipe for Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce:

      3 medium-sized green tomatoes, coarsely chopped
      (you can substitute yellow if you can't find green ones, but never use red)
      4 tomatillos, cleaned and chopped
      1 to 2 jalapenos, stemmed and coarsely chopped
      3 small garlic cloves
      3 medium-sized ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
      4 sprigs cilantro
      1 tsp. of salt
      1 1/2 cups of sour cream

      Combine tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos and garlic in a saucepan. Bring to a boil (tomatoes will give off their liquid); reduce heat until mixture simmers and continue cooking 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
      In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine tomato mixture with the avocados, cilantro and salt; blend until smooth.

      Pour into a bowl and stir in sour cream.

      Makes 4 to 5 cups

    2. biondanonima Jul 4, 2013 06:43 AM

      Chipotles are your best friends in constructing a sauce like this. Try simmering onion, garlic, vinegar, sugar, tomato sauce and chipotles along with any other seasonings you like, then whiz it in a blender. Spicy and not ketchup!

      1. c oliver Jul 4, 2013 06:49 AM

        We never put ketchup on burgers, usually mayo. But recently I've been finely chopping up a chipotle in adobo and mixing with the mayo. LOVE it. And you can make it as spicy as you want.

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        1. re: c oliver
          JonParker Jul 5, 2013 04:54 AM

          That sounds really good. My quick and dirty salsa is one can of chipotles in adobo and one 15 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes pureed in a food processor. It's good on sandwiches, with chips, as a cooking sauce, and just about anything you can think of. It doesn't feel like I'm making anything (since I'm not) but it really is delicious.

          1. re: JonParker
            c oliver Jul 5, 2013 07:10 AM

            Ooh, I gotta do that one. Easy and good are two of my favorite things when it comes to food. I keep meaning to stock up on fire roasted tomatoes.

            As an aside, I don't honestly thing that chipotles in adobo are all that hot. People tend to think that even a little bit is blisteringly hot whereas I think they certainly have heat but it's more that deep smoky flavor.

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          Gloriaa Jul 4, 2013 07:02 AM

          I love the bomba sauce, made from mushrooms eggplant and Calabrian peppers, wizzed together with some mayo. You could also mince up some jalapeños and add them to your meat so the heat is dispersed. Or you could go Japanese with wasabi mayo or Korean with ssamjung sauce. Lots and lots of options....

          1. MplsM ary Jul 4, 2013 07:08 AM

            How about vindaloo paste?

            Kimchi is a great idea. For salad dressing I buzz kimchi with a little extra garlic, ginger, a smidge of vinegar and oil.

            I personally like mustard and jalapeno slices (which I realize constitutes toppings, not sauce).

            1. eviemichael Jul 4, 2013 11:34 PM

              Thanks everyone! Kimchi is a fantastic idea, it never crossed my mind. I live in Greece though, so I'd have to make it myself. Haven't found any good Korean places around here. (I grew up in Northern VA with amazing Korean places in abundance, which I sorely miss!!)

              c oliver, I think I'll try the mayo-chipotle mixture this weekend, and I'll keep everyone else ideas on file for next time. :)

              Thanks again!

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              1. re: eviemichael
                c oliver Jul 5, 2013 07:11 AM

                Cool. One thing I like about the m-c is that I can keep it on hand. After opening a can of peppers I put them in a screwtop jar and they last.

                1. re: c oliver
                  eviemichael Jul 11, 2013 11:20 PM

                  Sorry for the late update- we did the chipotle mayo sauce and it was great! Thanks again- it was so easy and flavorful. I'll try some of the other ideas here soon.
                  DH requested that we have burgers twice a week...ha.

                  1. re: eviemichael
                    c oliver Jul 12, 2013 07:24 AM

                    Glad you liked. I too have gotten lots of good ideas from this thread.

              2. linguafood Jul 4, 2013 11:40 PM

                Sriracha or horseradish mayo.

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                1. re: linguafood
                  Davwud Jul 5, 2013 04:31 AM

                  Or chipotle mayo. Though the chipotle concoction noted above mixed with mayo may be even better.


                  1. re: linguafood
                    foodieX2 Jul 5, 2013 04:48 AM

                    I was going to say the same thing. Both are also good mixed into sour cream or greek yogurt as a topping.

                    Or how about making a spicy burger and topping them with a cooling sauce Raita or Tzatziki?

                    1. re: linguafood
                      GretchenS Jul 7, 2013 05:52 AM

                      I like to add some finely diced dill pickle (or relish) to my sriracha mayo. Sometimes a tiny pinch of smoked paprika.

                      1. re: GretchenS
                        linguafood Jul 7, 2013 11:15 AM

                        Yeah, finely diced pickle is good, too.

                        A non-spicy burger sauce I make occasionally is mayo, a little ketchup, a little mustard (which I usually HATE on burgers), diced pickle.... then you *almost* have the big mac sauce -- god I haven't had a big mac in forever, and probably won't any time soon, either.

                        1. re: linguafood
                          eviemichael Jul 11, 2013 11:07 PM

                          Wait a second...the big mac sauce has ketchup in it??

                      2. re: linguafood
                        melpy Jul 7, 2013 06:15 AM

                        I second the sriracha mayo idea.

                      3. Gio Jul 5, 2013 04:00 AM

                        Wasabi Mayo. TJ's sells it in a jar or you can mix the powder with mayo to your own spicyness liking...

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                        1. re: Gio
                          c oliver Jul 5, 2013 07:12 AM

                          I need to remember to do that. Especially when I put some Asian seasonings in my ground pork burgers. Thanks, G.

                        2. C. Hamster Jul 5, 2013 04:59 AM


                          1. juliejulez Jul 5, 2013 11:25 AM

                            I think a spicy "chimichurri" would be great on a burger. I have a jarred "sandwich spread" in a chimichurri flavor and it has some decent heat due to the inclusion of red pepper flakes, so you could do the same when making from scratch.

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                            1. re: juliejulez
                              JonParker Jul 5, 2013 03:27 PM

                              This is a great idea. The nice thing about chimichurri is that you can totally do variations on a theme, keeping in mind that you're mixing chopped herbs with oil and vinegar. Don't have parsley? Use basil. Oregano? Totally ok (within reason). It's something you can play with endlessly.

                              I use a half cup olive oil and 1/3 cup vinegar of some kind to 1.5 cups of herbs, along with garlic, crushed red pepper, S&P. Have fun with it. It's unlikely you'll do anything inedible. This is a perfect condiment for someone with an herb garden.

                            2. dordalina Jul 5, 2013 03:00 PM

                              As simple as it is, I'm obsessed with mixing mayo, soy sauce, and sriracha together and topping my burger with that and some sliced cucumbers.

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                              1. re: dordalina
                                Soul Vole Jul 6, 2013 02:14 PM

                                Funny, when I saw the title of this thread I immediately thought of the mayo-Sriarcha sauce I made the other night. I think I used ponzu and some drops of sesame oil. A dab of wasabi would go well too. Now I'm dying to try that on a hamburger.

                                1. re: Soul Vole
                                  c oliver Jul 6, 2013 05:47 PM

                                  I think this thread is giving us all some good ideas.

                              2. ipsedixit Jul 5, 2013 07:36 PM

                                Other than ketchup, we pretty much eat everything.

                                Ok, you put yourself out there.

                                So, if you want something a bit pungent with a spicy kick, then smear on some Taiwanese fermented bean curd (dòu fǔ rǔ or 豆腐乳).

                                1. Njchicaa Jul 7, 2013 05:56 AM

                                  We combine mayo and sriracha and sometimes add a hit of Worcestershire or relish in too.

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                                    luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 01:39 PM

                                    I am really into Sambal Olek right now. It has a similar flavor to Sriracha, but it is less sweet. It is not a smooth puree like Sriracha, but has smalls bits of chili and garic with thinner liquid as well. It is replacing Sriracha in my diet right now.

                                    It is thick enough to put straight on a burger, or you could mix it with mayo, pickle relish, mustard, whatever.

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                                    1. re: luciaannek
                                      firecooked Jul 7, 2013 03:32 PM

                                      Does Sambal Olek have as many additives as Sriracha (like HFCS, gums, etc). I keep wanting to buy some Sriracha, but then look at the ingredients...

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