While ketchup will always have a place in our burger-loving hearts, there are other sauces out there that deserve a place on the bun, too. From a secret sauce-style dressing to a piquant chipotle mayo, the sauce is what ties the burger experience together, adding acidity, heat, sweetness or umami.
Here are four of our favorite newfangled sauces that will give your burger that certain je ne sais quoi.
1. Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise ($8)
This pungent spread contains a smoky note that hits your palate right away, and packs a fiery finish for mild-mannered patties.
2. Stonewall Bacon Aioli ($7.50)
Mayonnaise gets a facelift with a sweet dose of maple syrup and a blast of umami flavor from rendered bacon bits.
3. Not Just Peachy Sriracha Jam ($10)
Equally at home on toast or a burger, this sweet-hot jam strikes the perfect balance of juicy fresh fruit flavor and spicy, slightly acidic sriracha heat.
4. Maya Kaimal Spicy Ketchup ($6)
This tomato-based ketchup has a distinctly Indian accent, thanks to toasted cumin, brown sugar and spicy Serrano chiles. It's think and tangy, with a kickier flavor than its American cousin.
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