Boom Sauce Recipe, an easy burger and fry sauce recipe that is great on other things like sandwiches, chicken, salads, and even fish! My family also calls this addictive sauce our “secret sauce” because we use it as a dipping sauce for just about everything!
This Boom Sauce, aka “secret sauce” (or we sometimes call it boom boom sauce) is so easy to make! We always keep a big bottle of it in our fridge and put it on almost everything. Makes the best dipping sauce for so many things! Be careful though, it’s quite addictive!
This Boom Sauce (or boom boom sauce or “secret” sauce) is not only the best burger and fry sauce, it’s great for just about everything! Well except maybe ice cream. Although if you do want to put it on ice cream, who am I to judge?! haha!
What is Boom Sauce
This Boom Sauce is our family’s “secret” sauce (or house sauce) like a comeback sauce or dipping sauce or spread for burgers, fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and more. Also great for fish, shrimp, seafood, tacos, beef or steak, or even chicken or chicken wings.
This boom sauce would be a great burger sauce recipe for some of my burger recipes like my French Onion Burger and Philly Cheesesteak Burger. Or homemade onion rings would also be great with this Boom Sauce.
This simple gourmet sauce is quick and easy and can easily be adapted to your personal preference. It’s really the best condiment to have around for every occasion.
Equipment You May Need
- Mixing Bowl – Just need one cute mixing bowl for this simple recipe. Although I do like to make a big batch so you might want a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk – A sturdy whisk will help mix all the ingredients.
- Squirt Bottle – Great for storing in the fridge, a squirt bottle will turn this boom sauce into your own condiment.
- Mason Jars – Small (or large) mason jars are also a great way to store the secret sauce in your fridge. Or you can also store in an empty ketchup or mayonnaise container.
(Full printable recipe card is at bottom of post.)
Boom Sauce Ingredients
- Mayonnaise – You can use regular, light, or low-fat. Just use your favorite.
- Ketchup – Regular or low sodium will work.
- Mustard – I use regular yellow mustard but you could also use Dijon mustard or a combination of both.
- Onion Powder – Regular onion powder or even minced onion would be a good option.
- Garlic Powder – We like to use garlic powder, but you could also use minced fresh garlic.
- Paprika – Smoked or sweet paprika would be fine.
- Worcestershire Sauce – Adds a little tang to the sauce!
How to Make Boom Sauce
Step One: Whisk all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Step Two: Cover and refrigerate. That’s it!
(Full printable recipe card with full details is at bottom of post.)
Uses for Boom Sauce
- Great sauce or spread for burgers, hot dogs, or even sandwiches.
- Simple dip for potato chips, French fries, onion rings, tater tots, or even fried pickles.
- Delicious on fish or seafood such as shrimp or crab, beef or steak, pork, or even chicken or chicken wings.
- Mix a little into your favorite creamy salad dressings or dips.
Quick Tips for Best Results
- Make sure you use condiments you like. If you don’t like the mayo, ketchup, or mustard you use, chances are you’re not going to like this secret sauce.
- Refrigerate overnight before using if you can, but it’s still delicious if eaten right away.
- Depending on the brands of condiments you use, your sauce may be a little thick. To think it out a little you can whisk in a little water, pickle juice, lemon juice, or even vinegar.
Feel free to change it up a little to resemble some of your favorite restaurant dipping sauces like Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion sauce (or blooming onions), Mississippi comeback sauce, and various copycat burger joints burger sauces.
Like I mentioned above, you can easily adjust this “secret” sauce to your personal preference. Here are some ideas of my own and some from Snappy Gourmet readers (just add a little of any of these for a whole new sauce!)…
Secret Sauce Variation Ideas
- Horseradish – Great for serving with fish or seafood like shrimp or crab. Drizzled over homemade crab cakes would be delicious.
- Pickles, Relish, or Pickle Juice – For pickle lovers! You can even use homemade pickles like these Spicy Pickles or Overnight Dill Pickles.
- Hot Sauce – Tabasco, Frank’s, sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce for a spicy version.
- Beer – A dash of beer would be a great flavor to try.
- Other Seasonings – Cajun, Caribbean, Old Bay, or your other favorite seasoning blends are fun to try.
- Other Tomato-Based Sauces – Chili sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce would be a great addition for something a little different. This homemade chili sauce looks like it would be a good addition.
- Liquid Smoke – Perfect for a smokey BBQ flavor.
- Vinegar or Lemon Juice – If you like things a little more acidic.
- Onions or Garlic – I like to use onion powder and garlic powder but you could use fresh minced onion or garlic instead.
- Sugar – For a sweet hamburger sauce version you can add a little sugar or sugar substitute.
Boom Sauce FAQ
How should I store the sauce?
Store any leftover sauce covered in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze the sauce?
No, I would not recommend freezing this sauce.
How long will the Boom sauce last?
Like other condiments it should last a long time in your fridge. It will last easily a month or more (unless your ingredients are old or you are using fresh ingredients like garlic or onions).
Instead of mayonnaise you could subsittute a little sour cream or plain Greek yogurt although it will change the taste quite a bit. Instead of yellow mustard you could use your favorite Dijon mustard or flavored mustard. See above for more ingredient ideas.
Can I use low-fat ingredients?
Yes, you can use your favorite low-fat mayonnaise.
What else can I add to this recipe?
See above for my long list of ideas of other ingredients to add to this sauce.
Can I make this vegan/vegetarian/low carb/gluten-free?
Here are some suggestions, but I can’t guarantee results. Be sure as always to check particular brands and ingredients if you’re following a specific diet or have diet restrictions or allergies.
Vegan – Use your favorite vegan mayonnaise substitute for the mayonnaise.
Vegetarian – It’s vegetarian. Be sure to check individual brands/products just to be sure though.
Low-Carb – You can try using a low sugar or homemade ketchup for a lower carb option.
Gluten-Free -The ingredients should be gluten-free but check specific brands to be sure as always.
Other Condiment Recipes You May Enjoy
- Refrigerator Sweet Pickles – Easy overnight pickles with no canning! Or check out all my other fun pickle recipes.
- Ranch Dressing – The best homemade salad dressing. Be warned, you’ll never go back to store-bought!
- Buffalo Sauce – Simple homemade spicy sauce for wings and more with a secret ingredient!
- Spinach Basil Pesto – Great on pasta, sandwiches, and more.
Hope you enjoy this easy Boom Sauce recipe (or whatever you want to call it…boom boom sauce, comeback sauce, house sauce, secret sauce) If you try it, let me know! Would love to hear in the comments if you added anything to the sauce.
Quick video my son Jordan put together making the sauce…
Want to make more sauces from scratch? You might also like this list of 31+ Homemade Sauces you can make!
Boom Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup lowfat mayonnaise (or regular)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- Whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cover and store in refrigerator.
(Nutrition data is provided when available for informational purposes only and calculated using an online nutritional calculator. For the most accurate information please calculate based on specific ingredients and brands you use as well as any changes you made to the recipe. I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietician and any nutritional information provided should only be used as a general guideline and estimate.)
This post was originally published in June 2018, but updated in April 2021 with additional information.
Used vegan mayo but mixed with non dairy yogurt (Kite Hill).
Now vegan and delicious! Thank you so much! Favorite for sure!
Lisa Huff says
Thank you so much! :)
How long does it stay good if refrigerated?
Lisa Huff says
It depends on any changes you make and how old any of your ingredients are but I’d say at least a few weeks to few months.
Can you can this boom sauce ?
Lisa Huff says
I do not believe so but I’m not a canning expert.
Lisa Huff says
Looks like it’s working ok today but if you still have trouble please let me know.
My husband loves this sauce on almost everything. He just asked me to make him some more.
Lisa Huff says
Thank you so much Janice!
Got ingredients going to make soon