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Retro Diner-style Cheeseburger with Burger & Fry Sauce


After all the turkey and sides yesterday and with all the prep work for my own post-turkey dinner tomorrow (it’d be easier if I was a better housekeeper all year-long), I really just wanted something easy but comforting.  And when it comes to comforting, these oh-so-not-good-for-you burgers fit the bill perfectly!

Soft homemade bun topped with a too-die-for burger and fry sauce, crunchy shredded lettuce, juicy tomato, even juicier burger patty, melty ooey-gooey cheese, crispy salty bacon and sautéed onion… oh, my… (*wipes sweat from forehead*)  Sorry… I just had a food… moment.


I originally found this recipe over at Better Recipes but the sauce was lacking… something.  So I used my adaptation of this fry sauce recipe which worked much, much better!  That’s why I call my version of the sauce “Burger & Fry Sauce.”  🙂 

There is a secret to this sauce.  It’s called Wickles Relish.  A couple of grocery stores here in the Atlantan suburbs carry it and it is by far the best relish I have ever eaten.  It’s sweet with a fun bite that is addictive.  If you can’t find Wickles, just use your favorite sweet relish but I would recommend spending a bit and ordering a jar of this.  (They have no idea I am saying this so I’m not getting paid for giving them kudos… I just REALLY like this relish.)


Image from the Wickles Pickles website

Now, this burger is not for the faint of heart or prissy eaters.  You will get your hands and face dirty.  Unless you eat it with a fork like some heathens in my house do.

This will be one of the rare times you will see me cook frozen fries.  The retro nature of this burger just screams for skinny restaurant style fries to dunk in the sauce and, try as I might, I cannot seem to replicate them on my own in my oven.  And in the spirit of trying to keep things healthy, I refuse to deep fry anything.  However, the shoestring fries from Cascadian Farm (which my Kroger carries) seem to work perfectly and don’t make my stomach hurt….except from eating too much because this is a *hefty* burger.  Plus, I admit, it’s nice to use a shortcut when I have so much to do for tomorrow!


Retro Diner-style Cheeseburger
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Makes: 6 burgers
This burger is not for the feint of heart but when it comes to a classic comfort food, this will fit the bill!
  • Burger and Fry Sauce (recipe below)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp kosher Salt
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, peeled, sliced into rings and separated
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted
  1. Prepare the Burger and Fry Sauce and refrigerate until needed. This can also be made a day or 2 ahead of time.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave for 30-60 seconds in a microwavable cup. Stir in the worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside. Put the ground beef in a large bowl and make a well in the center of the meat. Pour in the butter and careful mix with large spoon or hands until butter mix is combined evenly throughout. Loosely form the beef mixture into 6 patties slightly wider than your buns. Do not overpack the beef. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large 12" nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Cook the 6 slices of bacon, in batches if needed, until crispy, flipping halfway through, about 7 minutes. Put bacon on paper towels to drain. Drain all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon grease and return the pan to the stove.
  4. Saute the onion slices until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. They will likely pick up any black bits leftover from the bacon. Remove from pan to drain on paper towels. Do not drain grease , if any, from pan.
  5. Return skillet to med-high heat and add the burgers. Cook 10-12 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until they reach a medium doneness in the center (or longer if you prefer them more done).
  6. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheddar.
  7. To assemble the burgers, start with the bottom bun. Spread 1 Tbsp of the Burger and Fry Sauce on bottom bun and top with some of the shredded lettuce and a tomato slice. Add the cheese-topped patty, 1 slice of bacon torn in half, and some of the onions. Add the top bun and enjoy!
  8. I usually serve these with baked shoestring fries and more of the Burger and Fry Sauce.

Burger & Fry Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Makes: 1½ cups
I had never heard of "fry sauce" until I happened across After reading her recipe, I was hooked. I hadn't even tasted it yet and I knew this was something that I had to put in my mouth. Now. At our house, we use it on burgers and even as salad dressing or veggie dip.
  • ⅔ c real mayonnaise
  • ⅓ c ketchup (I use Simply Heinz )
  • ¼ c sweet relish (I use Wickles relish )
  • 1 heaping Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. In med bowl, whisk everything together.
  2. Store in airtight container in fridge until ready to serve.



Category: Beef, Life, Sauce, Weekday, Weekend

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