6 Burger Sauces to Slather All Over Your Toasty, Delicious Buns

A great burger sauce is like a great pair of shapewear: It's not necessary in the way of dressing, but boy does it take your buns to the next level.  RECIPE: The Happiest Hour's 'Happiest Burger' is All Kinds of Happy We're not just talking about ketchup or mayonnaise, either. A good burger sauce needs to have layers of flavors, pairing salty with sweet, or spicy with umami. It should complement the burger without overpowering it, giving off a come-hither quality that has everybody yearning for your saucy buns. (And yes, we're talking about burgers.) If you've noticed your buns have been looking a little lackluster lately, consider giving them a boost with one of these flattering dressings:

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    Photo credits: How Sweet It Is; Amuse Your Bouche; Mother Thyme
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    Julie's Classic Burger Sauce Julie at Willow Bird Baking knows that a tangy orange sauce is the hallmark of a classic roadside-style burger, so she's sure to whip up plenty whenever she serves some old-fashioned fare. See how it's made right here.
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    Krissy's Chipotle Aioli Krissy of Self Proclaimed Foodie says the best burger she's ever had was at a restaurant where they spooned chipotle aioli on the bun. Since then, she's learned to make her own from scratch. If you're not afraid of spice, get the recipe here.
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    Becca's Homemade Burger Sauce Becca from Amuse Your Bouche slathers her veggie burgers in this homemade sauce for a little extra oomph. She says everyone wants the recipe once they give it a taste — and we believe her. Click here to learn how it's made.
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    Jessica's Avocado Basil Cream Sauce If you're a fan of guacamole on your burger, you're going to love this sauce from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. A bit creamier and infused with basil, she says it's especially good on hearty black bean patties. Check out the recipe here.
    How Sweet It Is
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    Jenn's Campfire Sauce There's a reason Jenn at Mother Thyme calls this recipe "campfire" sauce: Made with a few drops of liquid smoke, it lends its smoky, fiery flavor to burgers, steaks, chicken and fries. Click here for the recipe.
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    Katie's Bacon, Onion and Green Chile 'Jam' We usually expect "jam" to be made from strawberries or blackberries, but Katie at Dishin' and Dishes uses bacon, caramelized onions and hot peppers — three things that go much better on a burger. Try the recipe here.
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