Anchovies (pound or mince an oil-cured filet and mix it into the burger meat)

Barbecue sauce (spread on top or mix it in)

Buns (ciabatta, kaiser, onion or potato rolls, English muffins, the classic sesame seed buns)

Capers (add a teaspoon of finely chopped capers to the burger meat)

Cheese (American, blue, Brie, Cheddar, chevre, Emmentaler, Monterey jack)


Ketchup (if you like, add a pinch of curry powder or smoked paprika)

Lettuce (Bibb, iceberg)

Mayonnaise (aioli, or puree one canned chipotle chile and one tablespoon if its adobo sauce with 1 cup store-bought mayo)

Mustard (Dijon, French’s classic yellow)

Onions (sliced Bermuda or red onions, soaked briefly in ice water to temper their intensity, caramelized onions or pickled onions)

Peppers (roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, pickled jalapenos)

Pickles (dill, sweet, sliced cornichons, sweet pepper relish)

Sesame oil (drizzle over burgers)

Sriracha (Asian chile garlic sauce — add a teaspoon or so to burger meat)

Steak sauce (add a tablespoon of A1, which is made of dried fruit, tomatoes, and vinegar, to burger meat)


Thyme (add a teaspoon of freshly minced thyme leaves to burger meat)

Sliced tomatoes

Red wine (add a few tablespoons of dry red to burger meat)

Worcestershire sauce (add a few dashes to burger meat)

some of this is based on Saveur Magazine’s burger bible, September, 2009

Condiments, salad dressings, MacDonald's secret sauce 1 Burgers, basic hamburger (2 all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle, onion on a sesame seed bun) 1

“SECRET SAUCE” FROM MCDONALD’S (the real thing, 1 cup, enough for 8 burgers)

This “top-secret recipe” has been public information since 1970, when it was leaked from a McDonald’s Manager’s Handbook published in 1969. It was meant to be used only as an emergency recipe for restaurants that ran out of the pre-made sauce used on the Big Macs.  McDonalds quickly removed the page to prevent theft by other burger chains, but it was too late…..

¼ cup Miracle Whip salad dressing

¼ cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons French salad dressing

½ tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1-1/2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried, minced onion

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon ketchup

1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Mix all ingredients, and stir well in a small container.

2. Microwave on high for 25 seconds, and stir well again.

3. Cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


from American Food