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Dennys All American Sauce Recipe

Ready to take your burger to the next level?

Then check out this Dennys All American sauce recipe.

Its rich, creamy blend of tomatoes, mayonnaise, herbs, spices, and honey will make your ordinary burger an All-American classic!

Though the original is a closely guarded secret, I’ve put together a Dennys All American sauce recipe that has all the great taste as the original.

Fresh ingredients are key to making a great-tasting Dennys All American sauce.

So look for firm, ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs to give your sauce its authentic flavor.

And this versatile sauce goes with so much more than just burgers.

Just one taste, and you’ll be adding it to all your favorite dishes, from fried chicken to meatloaf and even pasta.

I’ve also included a simple version that you can make in minutes when you’re pressed for time.

So read on for an authentic Dennys All American sauce recipe that will make your ordinary burger a mouth-watering masterpiece.

What Do You Need To Make Dennys All American Sauce



I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for a richer, creamier flavor, but you can use your favorite store-bought brand.

You can also substitute sour cream or non-flavored Greek yogurt for the mayo.

Fresh Garlic

Intensifies the flavor of your sauce.

Feel free to substitute garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic on hand.

Fresh Onion

You can substitute red onion to give your sauce a richer onion flavor. Or use a teaspoon of onion powder.

Celery and Green Bell Pepper

Give your sauce more depth.

Roma or Plum Tomatoes

Look for fresh, firm tomatoes.

If you can’t find Romas or plum tomatoes, any other firm, ripe tomato will work.

Don’t have fresh? Go ahead and use a can of crushed tomatoes.

Tomato Paste

Brings out the flavor of the fresh tomatoes.

Fresh Oregano and Basil

Feel free to use dried if you don’t have access to fresh herbs.

Brown Sugar and Honey

Give your sauce the perfect touch of sweetness.

Cayenne Pepper

Make your sauce as hot as you want, or leave it out altogether.

Salt and Black Pepper

I recommend using coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Be sure to taste it so you don’t over-season the sauce.


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Large saucepan
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Stovetop or other heat source

How To Make Dennys All American Sauce

Step One: First, finely chop the garlic, onion, green pepper, celery, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

Step Two: Then heat the olive oil and saute the garlic, onion, green pepper, celery, and tomatoes until soft and fragrant, approximately five to ten minutes.

Step Three: Next, add the remainder of the ingredients except for the mayonnaise and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step Four: Taste your sauce, adjust any of the ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.

Step Five: Simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency.

Step Six: Allow the sauce to cool before mixing in the mayonnaise.

Step Seven: Serve warm or chilled.


Other Things To Consider When Making Dennys All American Sauce

You Can Make a Simple Version with Ketchup and Mayonnaise

Looking for a great-tasting Dennys All American sauce but don’t have the time?

Though it may not have the same authentic taste as the original, you can whip up a simple version of this sauce in just a couple of minutes!

Take one cup of mayonnaise, one cup of ketchup, two tablespoons of prepared yellow mustard, one teaspoon of onion powder, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, and one tablespoon of honey, and mix well.

Voila! You’re ready to serve.

What Can I Eat with Dennys All American Sauce

Traditionally served on Denny’s All American Burger, this delicious sauce makes the perfect topping for all your favorite burgers.

But why limit yourself?

This versatile sauce will enhance many of your favorite foods with its perfect blend of creamy tanginess.

  • Gives ordinary meatloaf a burst of flavor.
  • Makes a delicious dipping sauce for fries and potato wedges.
  • Goes great with fried or grilled chicken.
  • Add some olive oil and toss with your favorite pasta for a quick and delicious mid-week meal.
  • Use it instead of mayonnaise on your favorite sandwich.
  • Drizzle over grilled or roasted veggies.
  • Use it instead of tartar sauce with all your favorite fish dishes.

Make More Than You Need

This flavorful sauce goes great with so many of your favorite foods that you’ll want to make sure you always have some on hand.

But an authentic tasting Dennys All American sauce takes time to make.

So why not double the recipe?

You can store your extra sauce in the fridge for up to two weeks, though I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.

Yield: Yield: 2 cups of sauce (approx 10 servings)

Denny's All American Sauce Recipe

Denny's All American Sauce

This Dennys All American sauce recipe is jam-packed full of flavor. This rich, creamy sauce with tomatoes, mayonnaise, herbs, spices, and honey will make your ordinary burger an All-American classic!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of celery, diced
  • 2 cups of fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 3 teaspoons of fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons of fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, peel and finely mince the fresh garlic. Dice the onion, green pepper, and celery, and chop the fresh oregano, basil, and tomatoes.
  2. Heat one to two tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan at low-medium heat.
  3. Once heated, add the fresh garlic, onion, green pepper, celery, and tomatoes. Saute under low to medium heat until the mixture is soft and fragrant, approximately five to ten minutes.
  4. Add the water, tomato paste, oregano, basil, brown sugar, honey, and cayenne pepper, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  6. Taste your sauce, adjust any of the ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Allow it to simmer for another ten minutes or until it has reached your desired consistency. Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.
  8. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature or chill in the fridge.
  9. Add the mayonnaise and mix well.
  10. Serve warm or chilled.
  11. Enjoy!


  • If you don't have access to fresh oregano or basil, you can substitute one teaspoon of dried for each.
  • Use red or yellow bell pepper instead of green for a subtle flavor change.
  • Add more cayenne pepper or a teaspoon (or two) of your favorite hot sauce for a spicier sauce.
  • Add two tablespoons of prepared yellow mustard to give your sauce some tang.
  • Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika or a few drops of liquid smoke to give your sauce a delicious smokey flavor.
  • Add more honey if you like a sweeter sauce.
  • You can substitute a 14.5 oz can of crushed tomatoes for the fresh Romas.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 22gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3.5g

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