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Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce Recipe

Craving that delicious Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce but don’t want to leave the house?

Well, now you don’t have to. I’ve put together an authentic Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce recipe that tastes just like the original and is super easy to make at home.

Whataburger is a popular restaurant chain famous for its mouthwatering burgers, delicious melts, and crispy fries.

And all come with its hugely popular creamy pepper sauce. Of course, you can buy their bottled version online, but why do that when you can make this delicious pepper sauce at home in just minutes.

And without all the added chemicals and preservatives.

For this recipe, I’ve taken the traditional Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce and substituted a few fresh ingredients to intensify the flavors.

As a result, you’ll have an authentic-tasting Whataburger sauce that pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, from burgers to grilled fish to salads.

At the end of the recipe, I’ve included several variations so you can try out different flavor combinations and discover your favorite version.

Read on to learn how to make a delicious and authentic Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce in just minutes.

What Do You Need To Make Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce



Mayonnaise is the base for this sauce.

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

However, I don’t recommend Miracle Whip for this recipe as it significantly changes the taste of the sauce.

Fresh Chopped Garlic

Adds more flavor to the sauce.

To save time, you can substitute 1 tbsp garlic powder, but I don’t recommend using garlic salt as it will over-season the sauce.

White Onion

The diced onion deepens the flavor of the pepper sauce.

You can substitute a red onion if you want a more intense onion flavor.

Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce

The secret ingredient and the source of that delicious Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce flavor.

Chipotles in adobo sauce are dried and smoked jalapenos in a spicy tomato sauce that comes in a can.

You can find them in the Mexican spice section of your local supermarket.

Dry Mustard Powder

The essential oils in dry mustard powder gives your sauce a tangy flavor.

White Vinegar

Rounds out the flavors of the sauce with a touch of tangy acid.

Lemon Juice

If at all possible, use fresh lemons.

However, you can use one tablespoon of bottled lemon juice if you don’t have access to fresh lemons.

Ground Black Pepper

After all, it is called creamy pepper sauce for a reason.

Ground White Pepper

Another dimension of pepper flavor


Salt helps unlock the other flavors in the pepper sauce, but be sure you taste it, so you don’t over-season your sauce.


Adds a touch of exotic spice and deepens the color.

Chopped Fresh Parsley

Brightens up the sauce. If you can’t find fresh parsley, you can substitute 1 tsp of dried parsley.


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Medium-sized non-reactive bowl
  • Whisk (preferred) or use a spoon or spatula for mixing

How To Make Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce

Step One: Peel and chop the garlic and onion.

Step Two: Finely chop the fresh parsley.

Step Three: Put one cup of mayonnaise in the mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients.

Step Four: Mix with your whisk, spoon, or spatula until all ingredients are well blended and the sauce is creamy. Be sure you mash the chipotles while mixing to distribute them evenly throughout the sauce.

Step Five: Taste your sauce, and feel free to adjust any ingredients until you get your desired flavor.

Step Six: Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately or chill for one hour in the fridge.


Other Things To Consider When Making Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce

You Can Adjust Or Substitute Ingredients

This recipe makes an authentic-tasting Whataburger Creamy Pepper sauce; however, you don’t have to follow it exactly.

The fun of cooking is trying new things to discover great new flavors.

Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to suit your taste. For example, add more chipotle for a spicier pepper sauce. Or increase the garlic.

For a smokier pepper sauce, substitute smoked paprika for the paprika or add a few drops of liquid smoke.

Have fun and play around with the recipe to discover different flavor combinations.

What Can I Eat With Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce?

Don’t feel limited to just burgers and fries. The rich flavors of this sauce will add a new dimension of spicy goodness to your favorite dishes.

  • Serve alongside grilled fish instead of traditional tartar sauce.
  • Spice up your morning hash browns.
  • Use instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches.
  • Makes an excellent dressing for fresh salads.
  • Serve with lime wedges with fish tacos.
  • A delicious dipping sauce for fresh veggies.
  • It makes a spicy alternative to ketchup on all your favorite foods.

Make More Than You Need!

With so many uses, you’ll want to make a double batch.

This delicious sauce stays fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks, though I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.

I always have some on hand to add that tangy, peppery deliciousness to my turkey sandwich.

Yield: Approx 1 cup of sauce (16 servings)

Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce Recipe

Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce Recipe

This delicious copycat Whataburger Creamy Pepper Sauce Recipe packs a lot of flavor while providing you with the tastes you would expect from the original source.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel and finely mince the garlic cloves or use a garlic press.
  2. Peel and finely dice the fresh onion, and chop the fresh parsley.
  3. Put one cup of mayonnaise in the bowl. Add the minced garlic, diced onion, fresh parsley, lemon juice, dry mustard powder, vinegar, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ground black pepper, paprika, white pepper, and salt.
  4. Whisk everything until the sauce is well blended and creamy. Be sure to mash the chipotles while whisking to distribute them evenly throughout the sauce.
  5. Taste and adjust any of the ingredients until you reach your desired flavor.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately or chill for one hour.
  8. Enjoy!


  • Want more heat? Spice up your sauce with a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper.
  • Low on time? Use one tablespoon of garlic powder and one tablespoon of onion powder instead of the garlic cloves and fresh onion.
  • Add one tablespoon of dijon or spicy mustard for a tangier pepper sauce.
  • Add one tablespoon of chopped dill pickles for a south-of-the-border tartar sauce.
  • Use red wine or apple cider vinegar instead of white for a tangy change.
  • For a smoky flavored sauce, substitute smoked paprika or add a few drops of liquid smoke.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 11gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 1.6gProtein: 1g
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