Burger King Zesty Sauce Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: August 4, 2021

If you’re looking for a tasty sauce that works perfectly with fried dishes, try out our Burger King Zesty Sauce. It’s one of the most popular burger king sauces out there, which completes our favorite crunchy onion rings.

Burger King onion rings is an iconic fast food snack or appetizer and it pairs perfectly with their creamy zesty sauce. Besides being an amazing dip, you can also use it as a spread for burgers and sandwiches. 

What Is Burger King’s Zesty Sauce Made Of?

This sauce stands out among other burger king dipping sauces for its sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors. Firstly, it has a creamy mayo base with a splash of lemon and added seasonings. Then it’s made mildly hot and spicy by horseradish and cayenne. 

Above all, this recipe uses the very same ingredients that Burger King uses in making their sauce. So, no need to rush out or call for takeout. You can elevate your snacks and sandwiches with this spicy onion ring dipping sauce that you can make at home in just 5 minutes.

Burger King Zesty Sauce Recipe

How To Make Burger King Zesty Sauce

Add a little kick of spiciness to your onion rings with Burger King Zesty Sauce. You’ll love this spicy, tangy, creamy dip with your favorite fried dishes.

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

To Serve:

  • 10 oz onion rings


  1. Combine the white wine vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, horseradish, ketchup, yellow mustard, and mayonnaise. Mix until fully incorporated.

  2. Serve with onion rings.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to adjust the spiciness to suit your preference.
  • Add some yellow mustard if you want your dip to have a bit more tanginess.
  • You can also substitute lemon juice with apple cider vinegar for a fruitier tangy taste and use low-fat mayonnaise for a healthier option.
  • For best results, cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving alongside homemade onion rings.


  • Sugar: 2g
  • :
  • Calcium: 9mg
  • Calories: 266kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg
  • Fat: 28g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 51mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 613mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 292IU
  • Vitamin C: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Burger King discontinuing zesty sauce?

Burger King has been having an unstable supply of zesty sauce since 2019 due to the global horseradish shortage. It’s been available in some parts of America, and not available in others. The good thing is you can easily recreate their signature sauce with this easy copycat recipe anytime you need it.

I don’t have fresh horseradish on hand, is there an alternative?

Absolutely! You can substitute prepared horseradish with store-bought horseradish sauce. Alternative options also include black radish, wasabi, fresh or ground ginger, as well as brown mustard.

How long is Burger King Zesty Sauce good for?

This homemade onion ring sauce will last for about a week if stored in the fridge, placed inside a resealable container. You can also make it one or two days ahead of time and let it chill for an hour or more before serving to let the flavors meld together.



Our Burger King zesty sauce is decadent, sweet, and creamy. What sets it apart from your regular dipping sauces is the slight kick of spiciness that just stimulates your appetite. So fry up some onion rings and give this dipping sauce a try!
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