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Welcome to Good Burger, Home of the Good Burger… do you want the recipe to Ed’s Sauce? I’ve taken all of the canon information we know about Ed’s Sauce from the show and from interviews and made it myself! And it’s easier than you might think. You can make your own Good Burgers at home to re-live the burger magic 20 years later.
So what do we know about Ed’s Sauce? We know that it contains lemon juice and ketchup (Ed says so in the movie!) and that it tastes a little bit like lemonade and barbecue sauce. We also know it’s very similar to In-N-Out sauce. Kel Mitchell has revealed that in interviews. In Kansas City, barbecue sauce has a tomato base, so I eliminated the ketchup, but otherwise, this sauce is perfect to what Kel Mitchell and his character Ed have revealed.
To make the sauce, you first start with the sauces that make up Ed’s sauce. This includes pickle relish (we see Ed dump an entire jar of pickles into the sauce during the movie, but relish gives the flavor and has a better texture!), Thousand Island Dressing (which is very similar to In-N-Out sauce and helps give this secret sauce it’s signature color), Mayonnaise, and a tomato-based barbecue sauce. You’re looking for something like a Kansas City barbecue vs. a Carolina or Alabama style barbecue. The Kansas City barbecue sauce will give you the ketchup’s tomato flavor without using ketchup.
You’ll also need a little lemon juice and vinegar– the vinegar is a nod to In-N-Out Sauce, the lemon juice a nod to the lemon juice mentioned in the film. All of these sauces help give Ed’s Sauce it’s full, finger-licking delicious flavor.
There are also a few important seasonings to add. Kel Mitchell specifically says it has a lemonade flavor, not a lemon juice flavor, in interviews, so to give that a boost, you want a little bit of sugar. It’ll help pull out the spice of the sauce, too. Salt and pepper are a must-add, but the really important part is onion powder. While Ed has a flair for the dramatic in dropping a whole onion into the pot on the stove in the movie, onion powder will get you some real onion flavor without the… whole onion sort of texture.
Mix the sauce thoroughly– you’ll want to combine everything completely. and thoroughly.
Now, it’s totally optional, but the ingredients above won’t get you quite the same bright orange you know from the movie. To achieve that look, you’ll need a little bit of red and yellow (or orange!) food coloring. You definitely don’t have to add it, but if you want an authentic Good Burger color, you’ll need the food coloring to give it that extra boost of orange.
The sauce will stay good for about two weeks when chilled and stored in an airtight container. We like to use a squeeze bottle with a large opening for parties!
A Good Burger requires more than just Ed’s Sauce to beat Mondo Burger, though. You’ve got to have the best ingredients. Start with an all-beef patty, top with American cheese, add onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles, then slide that puppy onto a sesame seed bun with a generous portion of Ed’s Sauce.
Nothing beats a Good Burger, except eating one while watching the movie Good Burger. Now, I’ve loved this movie since it came out when I was 8 years old. I was such a fan of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, and went to the All That Music and More concert when I was younger. I have such fond memories of the characters that Kenan and Kel would create on TV and in movies, and I’ve loved sharing that with my son, who loves the movie Good Burger now 20 years later. So grab a Good Burger, settle in with the movie on Netflix, and enjoy dinner and a movie with your family!
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Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to scroll down for the full, printable recipe. Obviously, this Good Burger sauce is my interpretation of everything we know about the sauce, rather than an official recipe, but it is absolutely delicious and I’m hoping that Ed would be proud.
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- You can catch Good Burger on Nexflix in the US right now, but if you’d rather own a copy forever, you can snag the DVD here.
- OXO Burger Press for perfect burger shaping every time
- Store and Squeeze your Good Burger Sauce from these bottles.
- Official Good Burger tee shirt from Nickelodeon
- Or a non-official shirt from Tee Spring with the “Welcome to Good Burger” lines on it!
Ed’s Sauce Recipe inspired by the movie Good Burger
- 1/2 C mayo (must be real mayo)
- 2 Tbsp thousand island dressing
- 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce
- 1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 lemon juice
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 6 drops red food coloring (optional)
- 10 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
- Mix together all ingredients.
- Chill for at least 15 minutes.
- Serve on burgers or other sandwiches, or use as a dip for fries or chips.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- To make a traditional Good Burger, place all-beef patty on sesame seed bun. Top with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and Ed's Sauce.