Burgers with Pub Sauce


What is the antidote to a week of eating nothing but food from the sea (not that I was complaining)?  A burger with the most amazing pub sauce ever!!


I just returned from a week with the family down in gorgeous Cornwall.  The scenery is stunning – cliffs, beaches, crashing waves, ancient castles.  The food is pretty spectacular too, particularly the super-fresh seafood.  Had off-the-boat lobsters delivered to our rental house one night, then all sorts of other seafood the other nights – whole-roasted plaice (so good I had it twice), chili crab, fish cakes, fish ‘n chips, oysters, mussels, smoked mackerel…..P1130836

After all that amazing seafood, I returned home seriously craving red meat.  And a proper burger fit the bill.  My absolute favorite burger recipe is from Cooks Illustrated and involves chilling beef tips or short ribs, grinding chilled meat in a food processor and finally adding melted butter.  It is the best at-home burger I’ve ever had, hands-down.  Just takes a bit more work than I was ready to handle just coming off of vacation.


So instead I opted for store-ground meat and dressed it up with this burger-transforming “pub sauce”.  It’s also from Cooks Illustrated – it accompanies the aforementioned home-ground burger.  The sauce is not particularly pretty to look at, but will transform your garden variety beef burger into something pub-worthy.   It’ll be a double-napkiner.

And don’t just limit it to the burgers…dip your fries, vegetables, anything, in it as well.


Burgers with Pub Sauce (makes 4 servings)

Note:  Use any remaining pub sauce as a dip for fries or potato wedges.

Pub sauce:

1/3 cup (75 grams) mayonnaise

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon minced chives

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon pepper


4 hamburger patties

4 slices cheese (optional)

4 buns

Other toppings: lettuce, tomato, sautéed onion

To make the pub sauce:  Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together until combined.

To make the burgers:  Season hamburger patties with salt and pepper.  Cook hamburger patties on a hot grill or in a large saute pan on the stove over medium-high heat, to desired doneness (about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 5 minutes per side for medium).  If making cheeseburgers, place cheese atop the burgers for the last 2 minutes of cooking.  After burgers are cooked, toast buns on the grill or in the saute pan (if using saute pan, wipe away hamburger grease with paper towel / kitchen roll before placing buns in the pan).  Place burgers in the toasted buns, add desired toppings and a dollop or two of pub sauce.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated



Filed under Main dishes

4 responses to “Burgers with Pub Sauce

  1. Nicola

    Yum, and better than pub grub Im sure! Thanks Two Aprons!

  2. Judy Bloomquist

    My friend tried “Pub Sauce” last night and she raved about it. She’s trying it again tonight on steak. We tried it tonight and it was “delish”….Keep those yummy recipes coming, Two Aprons!!!! You’re the best!!!!!

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