The Ultimate Pub Sauce Recipe

Val Curtis

Do you remember the scene in “When Harry Met Sally” in the cafe? You know the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene? They were thinking about this burger with this pub sauce.

I am not a burger lover, but after the Good Apple and I read this recipe in Cook’s Illustrated we had to try it out. Now the burger is good. Great local beef combined with butter (Yes, this is not low cal. You ARE eating a burger. Come on now.),  pan-seared and then finished in a 350-degree oven. Juicy? Yes. Great flavor? Sure. However, it is merely a vehicle for this…

Honestly, I am at a loss for words. Perhaps I will share what happened the first time we ate this sauce. The Good Apple ate TWO whole hamburgers. TWO!  I am pretty sure he was considering a third. So, this sauce comes with a warning: Beware of overindulgence.
Pub Sauce recipe
And yes, another warning. The Lil Man said, and I quote, “I would have to knock my head off if I couldn’t have more of that sauce.” He’s serious.

This sauce isn’t just for burgers and the Lil Miss couldn’t get enough of the “Num Num”. Please make sure you make enough to avoid any bodily harm.
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, our adaptation of the infamous sauce (and I bet you have most of these ingredients in your fridge or pantry)

The Ultimate Pub Sauce Recipe

Pub Sauce Recipe

Go ahead and double this recipe because your crew will want more of this pub sauce for their burgers, fries, grilled chicken and more!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, gluten free, kid-friendly cooking, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 102 kcal


  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce use GF tamari to make this gluten-free
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic minced


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a mason jar and shake it up until thoroughly mixed.

And yes, I made extra, but not quite enough according to the peanut gallery. Well go on, make some! Your family and friends will thank you.

This pub sauce recipe will redefine how you eat burgers. SO tasty!


The most delicious sauce you can put on your burger!

This post contributed by  Val Curtis on January 1, 2013.