Artisan Ketchup, Mustard, Sauces And More From LocalFolks

LocalFolks' Midwestern ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and more

Burgers have gone gourmet at breakneck speed.

But ketchup has lagged egregiously behind. Heinz remains the stalwart, standard-order topper, even for patties crafted of grass-fed beef.

Finally, an alternative: rich artisanal ketchup made from Midwestern ingredients, courtesy of LocalFolks, an Indiana company new to Chicago.

LocalFolks, whose owners run a sixth-generation family farm in Central Indiana, has been steadily expanding since 2007. Beyond its thick ketchup–which has a bold tomato-sweetness and savory spice–there's habanero chile hot sauce with hints of smoked paprika, and barbecue sauce sweetened with honey and brown sugar.

Superbly tangy, lightly sweet whole-grain mustard is flavored with honey, bell peppers, jalapeño and lime. Try it slathered on cheese-topped burgers, roasted pork or any grilled meat, for that matter.

The entire product line is free of corn syrup and white sugars; cane sugar and honey are used instead. All produce comes from the Midwest.

Do your next burger a favor: Find the ketchup, plus the barbecue sauce and tomato sauces, at Green Grocer, Olivia's and Dill Pickle Food Co-op, which also carries the mustard.