Shake Shack's Special Sauce

Shake Shack's Special Sauce
Staff Writer

Arthur Bovino


The Daily Meal’s executive editor, Arthur Bovino, says it best when it comes to Shake Shack’s popular sauce:

"Besides the great seasoning and taste of the burger patty, the obvious thing that makes Shake Shack’s ShackBurgers so great is the tangy Shack sauce. It doesn’t have the noticeable bits of relish that you see in In-N-Out sauce, and it’s much lighter in color, but it doesn’t skimp on flavor. Tangy, sweet, with a little zest — when it all comes together with the other flavors, there’s almost a creamy element that rounds out the salt of the burger and the sweet of the bun. It’s a thing of beauty. The day I learned that you could ask for Shack sauce on the side for extra slather on the burger, or for dipping fries was a dangerous one."

As he mentions, Shake Shack’s sauce is very pale in color, which is why we think there’s probably no ketchup in it, and it gets its pale pink shade from seasonings and red-wine vinegar. Yellow mustard adds a bit of tang, and we’ve also included a bit of sugar to balance out the vinegar. 


In a food processor fitted with a sharp blade, combine all of the ingredients and process until smooth.  

Season with salt and pepper to taste. 


Calories per serving:

207 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 22g 35%
  • Carbs 1g 0%
  • Saturated 0g 0%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 0g 1%
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4%
  • Sodium 288mg 12%
  • Calcium 12mg 1%
  • Magnesium 4mg 1%
  • Potassium 35mg 1%
  • Iron 0mg 1%
  • Zinc 0mg 0%
  • Phosphorus 8mg 1%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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