There is nothing like a summer hamburger cooked to perfection on an outdoor grill. You may want to stop there but I strongly suggest that if you want to really amp up the flavor of your grilled burger, try making your own version of special sauce. Usually, special sauce is a combination of your favorite condiments – mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. The base of my special sauce is the same but I like to chop up bread and butter pickles for a little sweetness along with pickled jalapenos for some spice and heat to mix into my sauce so that every bite of my burger has a combination of many tastes. I could have stopped here but decided to take my sauce up one more level of flavor. I added to my sauce one of the best ingredients I could think of – whiskey! Whiskey really makes that special sauce a “special, special sauce”. The whiskey enhances the salty and sweet flavors. As for topping the burger feel free to have a slice of melted american cheese. You can also try my new favorite, freshly grated parmesan cheese generously grated over the burger like a big cloud of freshly fallen snow! It’s burger time with your own special sauce!
From by the bay, wishing you whiskey special sauce food memories!
Whiskey Special Sauce
- 1/2 cup good quality prepared mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon whiskey
- 3 tablespoons chopped bread and butter pickles
- 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno
In a small bowl mix all the ingredients until well combined. Place in a covered glass container and refrigerate for at least one hour below using. The sauce keep refrigerated for up to one week.
Note: You can make the special sauce without the whiskey