Ultimate Homemade Shack Sauce

Ultimate Guide to Making the Perfect Shack Sauce at Home

Unlock the secret to Shake Shack’s iconic Shack Sauce with this mouthwatering copycat recipe. This creamy, tangy condiment elevates any burger from good to unforgettable.

Ever wondered what makes a Shack Burger so irresistible? It’s not just the juicy patty – it’s the legendary Shack Sauce that takes it to the next level. After some culinary detective work, we’ve cracked the code on this ‘secret’ recipe. Get ready to transform your homemade burgers into gourmet masterpieces!

Our journey to recreate this sauce took us from innocent inquiries to near-dumpster diving escapades. In the end, a simple, polite question to the manager revealed the key ingredients. With a bit of kitchen wizardry, we’ve perfected a homemade version that’ll have you saying goodbye to store-bought sauces for good.

This Shack Sauce is a harmonious blend of creamy mayo, tangy ketchup, zesty mustard, and finely chopped pickles. A dash of garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper adds depth and a subtle kick. The result? A sauce that’s sweet, sour, and just a touch spicy – perfect for slathering on burgers, fries, or anything your heart desires.

To make this sauce, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. The Shack Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. It’s not only perfect for burgers, but also works wonderfully as a dip for fries or a spread for sandwiches.

Your taste buds will thank you for this flavor explosion. Ready to elevate your burger game? Let’s dive into this easy-to-make, hard-to-resist Shack Sauce recipe!

Homemade Shack Sauce


  • 1/2 cup (120ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) yellow mustard
  • 4 slices kosher dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Toss all ingredients into a blender and whizz on high until smooth and well combined. You may need to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula once or twice to ensure everything is evenly mixed. This should take about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once blended to perfection, transfer your homemade Shack Sauce to an airtight container and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Make-Ahead and Storage

This Shack Sauce is perfect for meal prep! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days. Make a batch on Sunday, and you’ll have delicious sauce ready for burgers all week long.

Pro Tips for the Perfect Shack Sauce

  • For authentic Shack-style application, transfer your sauce to a squeeze bottle. Apply three lines to the top half of your burger bun, going back and forth three times along each line for even coverage.
  • Experiment with different pickle varieties to customize the flavor. Dill pickles are classic, but bread and butter pickles can add a sweeter touch.
  • For a smoky twist, try substituting smoked paprika for regular paprika.
  • Let the sauce chill in the fridge for at least an hour before using to allow the flavors to meld together.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
198 Calories
21g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 37mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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