Burger King Zesty Sauce

Burger King Zesty Sauce is one of Burger King’s most popular sauce recipes, if you have never tried it has the perfect combination of heat and acid to take onion rings to a whole new level.

Copycat Burger King zesty sauce and onion rings on a plate.

Zesty Sauce for Onion Rings and More

Zesty onion ring dipping sauce is great for onion rings, but this sauce would also go well on a hamburger, a roast beef sandwich, or anything fried. This sauce has just the right amount of acid and heat to cut through anything deep-fried.

Why this Copycat Burger King Zesty Sauce Recipe in the Best

I have read a few recipes online, and to be honest, I think most are very close to each other. They all contain mayonnaise, paprika, horseradish, lemon, and some have mustard.

What is missing is a bit of umami. So to address this I add a drop or two of soy sauce. That extra flavor of soy sauce balances the sauce.

What’s in Burger King Zesty Dipping Sauce

If you have tasted this sauce before you will notice that there are notes of horseradish, lemon, and something more. It’s a delicious combination of flavors with sweet and spicy accents.

Burger King Zesty Sauce Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need to make Burger King zesty onion ring sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Prepared horseradish
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Prepared mustard
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Soy sauce
Copycat Burger King zesty sauce ingredients on a marble surface.

Zesty Burger King Sauce is Easy to Make!

Do you have a bowl? Go raid your refrigerator and spice cabinet, and in about 5 minutes, you will make a sauce everyone will love.

How to Make Burger King Zesty Sauce

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until it’s well combined.
  3. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Then you will be known as the king of sauces!

Copycat Burger King zesty sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Copycat Burger King zesty sauce mixture in a bowl.

CopyKat Tip: Taste the sauce and if you want it spicier you can add a little more horseradish or cayenne pepper.

What to Serve with the Sauce

While this sauce is a perfect dip for onion rings, many other ways exist. Here are some ideas:

  • French Fries – because a change from ketchup is just what hits the spot.
  • Fried Vegetables – either battered, breaded, or tempura.
  • Fried Appetizers – mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers.
  • Burgers and Sandwiches – use it as a tangy spread instead of mayo for elevating a burger, sandwich, hot dog, or wraps.
  • Chicken – great for chicken nuggets and chicken strips.
  • Salad – Use this creamy sauce instead of Thousand Island or Ranch.
Overhead view of copycat Burger King zesty sauce and onion rings.

How to Store Homemade Onion Ring Sauce

Store this delicious dipping sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long does this sauce last in my refrigerator?

This homemade dipping sauce lasts for about a week in your refrigerator. You can make this sauce a day or two ahead of time. The sauce tastes better a few hours after you make it because the ingredients get to marry and meld together.

Overhead view of copycat Burger King Zesty sauce and onions rings.

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Copycat Burger King zesty sauce and onion rings on a plate.

Burger King Zesty Sauce

You can make the Burger King Zesty Sauce recipe, this sauce can be used for onion rings, french fries, burgers, and more.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger King Recipes, onion ring dipping sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 79kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseraddish
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 drop soy sauce


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well blended.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.



Other uses for this zesty sauce
  • Hamburgers
  • Roast beef 
  • Sandwiches
  • Fried mushrooms


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Brad

    5 stars
    I thought the cayenne measurements were too much so I halved it, turned the measurements were spot on. Thank you very much, perfect recipe!

  2. Phukt Rump

    I used Vegan Mayo and it turned out great. I made a gallon and let it sit over night and it was gone at the party the next day.

  3. Hoss

    5 stars
    The only reason to subject oneself to the onion rings a BK is the sauce. This recipe is so easy and so close to their zesty sauce that you can now have the sauce and make your own onions rings, far better than anything BK can even imagine. Not to mention that this sauce has real ingredients, not a long list of chemicals.

  4. Alberto Rodriguez

    5 stars
    The Baby Rays has no kick. It’s a good sauce but rather bland as opposed to the BK zesty. This recipe is the closest I’ve found to that sauce. I read BK is going to bottle it and Publix will sell it soon.

  5. Jul

    5 stars
    PSA. Sweet baby rays secret sauce is identical for zesty sauce. My mom has been obsessed for years and I finally found an indentical sauce lol yw!!!

  6. Emtu

    5 stars
    This tastes very close to the real thing, and even if it’s not, it’s a really good sauce. I used pure horseradish instead of prepared for a spicier kick (in the same amount) and it may now be my favorite condiment.

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