Shake Shack's Special Sauce

Arthur Bovino


  • 1/2 Cup  mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon  red-wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon  yellow mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons  chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  paprika
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste


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, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 90g 138%
  • Carbs 4g 1%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 1g 2%
  • Cholesterol 45mg 15%
  • Sodium 1,153mg 48%
  • Calcium 49mg 5%
  • Magnesium 18mg 4%
  • Potassium 141mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 32mg 5%
  • Vitamin A 32µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 3%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 13µg 16%
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