Homemade Special Sauce (Whole30, Dairy Free)

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You might know it as Big Mac sauce or hamburgerdressing, but from now on, you’ll just call this Homemade Special Sauce amazing! In fact, it’s such a good burger sauce recipe that you’ll probably start putting it on other things — eggs, veggies, potato skins, and more! Best of all, this special sauce recipe is Paleo, Whole30, Keto friendly, dairy free, and gluten free!

All the ingredients in the homemade special sauce (hamburgerdressing) in small glass dishes and labeled.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise: See my list of Whole30 compliant mayo brands, or make your own.
  • Ketchup: Check out my list of Whole30 ketchup brands, or choose one that’s keto-friendly if you’re following a Keto or Low Carb plan.
  • Onion Flakes: This is found in the spice aisle, and could also be labeled as dried garlic.
  • Relish: If you can’t find Whole30 compliant relish, just finely dice a dill pickle up.
  • Salt and Pepper

Making the Special Sauce

This homemade Special Sauce (aka hamburgerdressing) recipe is one of my all-time favorite condiments. It only takes about 2 minutes to make, because all you need to do is mix the ingredients together.

It’s a really good burger sauce recipe, but I promise, there are endless ways to use it! Keep reading…

Beyond Burger Sauce: Ways to Use It

Here are just a few ways to use the special sauce, beyond topping a burger (which is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it, by the way!). Make Mini Burger Bites, or Big Mac Potato Skins – both are Whole30 compliant!

How to Store It

Store the finished special sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days. If you use homemade mayo, it will last less, about 3-4 days.

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Homemade Special Sauce

The best condiment for your burgers and more!

Course Appetizer, condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Game Day Snacks, Whole30 Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 32 kcal


Special Sauce

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp relish*** see note below
  • 1 tbsp onion flakes (dried onions)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Make the Special Sauce

  1. Mix all the ingredients together for the special sauce. Season to taste.

  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

**If you can’t find compliant relish or don’t want to buy it just for this recipe, chop a dill pickle up into really tiny pieces. It works great!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Special Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 290mg13%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.