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Burger King Zesty Sauce – CopyKat Recipes

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.

Onion Ring Dipping Sauce is Easy to Make!

Do you have a bowl? Go raid your refrigerator and your 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!

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, there are many other ways to use it. 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 Zesty 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, 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


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