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Ultimate Jalapeno Burger Sauce With 4 Ingredients

A super simple recipe to top your burgers with. This spicy burger sauce has only 4 ingredients and is ready to use in under 5 minutes! Create the best burgers ever with the addition of jalapeno peppers to a classic recipe. 

A spoon pouring jalapeno burger sauce onto a burger.

What Makes This Recipe Great!

  • Only 4 Ingredients – With simple ingredients that can be found in most supermarkets and grocery stores.

  • Super Quick To Make – You can have this spicy burger sauce ready in less than 5 minutes. The time it takes you to fry your burger on the stove top or hot grill.

  • No Special Skills Required – You can have your own restaurant quality burger sauce to top your hamburger patties, made with only a little chopping and stirring.

About This Recipe – In More Detail

Classic Burger sauce is the ultimate condiment for juicy grilled burgers and I’ve spiced things up by adding some sliced jalapenos to the mix.

You just need 5 minutes and some simple ingredients and you’ll have the best burger sauce ever! The best thing is that you need no special skills, just a bit of chopping and stirring and that’s it, burger sauce for beginners and pros alike. You can have yourself a spicy jalapeno burger whenever you crave a little comfort food!

Team your hot sauce with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon or some pepper jack cheese and you have yourself a good burger option that the whole family will love.  It tastes great with this Nacho burger, so be sure to check that out too!

But why limit yourself to putting this sauce on a burger? Try using it as a dip for French fries, onion rings or sweet potato fries too! It’ll work well with these Peri-Peri Fries.


A hand is using a spoon to spread burger sauce on a burger bun.

Equipment Needed

  • Small Mixing Bowl: Used to combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and yellow mustard; any small bowl suitable for mixing can be used.
  • Plastic Gloves: When handling chilli peppers I always recommend wearing gloves when preparing them, this helps avoid any skin irritation. Just be sure to keep your hands away from your face and eyes too!
  • Sharp Knife: Used to deseed, and finely slice the jalapenos into small pieces; any sharp kitchen knife will work.
  • Cutting Board: Provides a surface for cutting and preparing the jalapenos without damaging your kitchen counter.
  • Spoon or Whisk: Used to thoroughly stir the ingredients until the jalapenos are evenly distributed throughout the sauce; any spoon, whisk or spatula can be used.
  • Cover/Clingfilm/Plastic Wrap: Used to cover the bowl; any suitable cover or lid for the mixing bowl can be used.

Ingredients

A labelled photo of all the ingredients needed for making jalapeno burger sauce.
  • Mayonnaise: I use a full-fat mayonnaise for richness, but for a lighter version, you can use light mayonnaise.
  • Ketchup: A simple ketchup, gives a tangy taste to the sauce, I don’t recommend substituting it.
  • Yellow Mustard: I use a little yellow mustard. Using a different mustard can be done, but it may impart a slightly different taste.
  • Jalapenos: Gives a little kick to the sauce. You can use fresh jalapenos or canned jalapenos. If using canned pickled jalapenos, be sure to drain them well before use. You can adjust the amount to suit your taste buds.

Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Jalapeno Burger Sauce

Step 1: Prepare the Sauce Base

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and yellow mustard.
A white bowl filled with mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard.
A hand is using a spoon to mix mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard together in a white bowl.

Step 2: Prepare Jalapenos

  • Wash and deseed the jalapenos.
  • Finely slice the jalapenos into small pieces.

Step 3: Add Jalapenos to the Sauce

  • Add the sliced and deseeded jalapenos to the bowl with the sauce mixture.
A hand is using a knife to chop jalapenos on a heart-shaped wooden board.
A white bowl filled with burger sauce, jalapenos and a spoon.

Step 4: Mix Thoroughly

  • Stir the ingredients thoroughly until the jalapenos are evenly distributed throughout the sauce.

Step 5: Taste and Adjust

  • Taste the jalapeno burger sauce and adjust the ingredients if needed. Season with a little black pepper if you want to.
  • Add more of any ingredient to achieve the desired flavour that suits your tastes and spice levels.

Step 6: Refrigerate and Serve

  • Once satisfied with the taste, for best results, cover the bowl and chill the jalapeno burger sauce in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.
  • Serve with you favourite beef burger or as a dip for French fries.
A hand is using a spoon to mix the ingredients for Jalapeno burger sauce together in a white bowl.
Two hands are cupping a white bowl that's filled with jalapeno burger sauce and covered with clingfilm.

FAQ

Can I make this sauce ahead of time?

Absolutely. In fact, allowing the sauce to chill for at least 30 minutes enhances the flavours, so making it ahead is recommended.

Can I use a blender for a smoother sauce?

Yes, blending the sauce can result in a smoother consistency. Adjust the blending time to achieve the desired texture.


Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Adjust Spice Levels: Taste the sauce as you go and adjust the amount of jalapenos to control the spiciness. Remember, the heat can vary between jalapenos so, for a spicier burger, simply add more.
  • Deseeding Jalapenos: Removing the seeds and membranes reduces the heat of jalapenos. Adjust this based on your preference for spiciness.

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Storage

  • Storage: Store the jalapeno burger sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. It can be stored for up to 3 days. Ensure the container is sealed well to preserve its freshness.
  • Freezing: Mayo-based sauces like this one are not suitable for freezing. Freezing can cause the emulsion to break, leading to a separation of ingredients and a change in texture. I would recommend to consume the sauce fresh for the best quality.

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Ultimate Jalapeno Burger Sauce With 4 Ingredients

5 from 3 votes
An easy burger sauce with a spicy kick. Jalapeno sauce is great for burgers and a dipping sauce for fries too! Perfect for beginners with very little skill needed.
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Course: sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 142kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 8 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 5 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 15 g Jalapenos, fresh or pickled.

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and yellow mustard.
  • Wash and deseed the jalapenos. Finely slice the jalapenos into small pieces.
  • Add the sliced and deseeded jalapenos to the bowl with the sauce mixture.
  • Stir the ingredients thoroughly until the jalapenos are evenly distributed throughout the sauce.
  • Taste the jalapeno burger sauce and adjust the ingredients if needed, adding more of any ingredient to achieve the desired flavour that suits your tastes and spice levels.
  • Once you're satisfied with the taste, cover the bowl and refrigerate the jalapeno burger sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.

Recipe Notes

  • Adjust Spice Levels: Taste sauce while adding jalapenos, vary amount for desired spiciness; heat can differ, so adjust accordingly.
  • Deseeding Jalapenos: Remove seeds and membranes to reduce heat; adjust based on preference for spiciness.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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