Flavoring Mayonnaise from Bland to Fantastic

Mayonnaise is a universal condiment. It adds creaminess and moisture to sandwiches and burgers and so much more. But why stop with basic mayonnaise? There are so many ways to make it spicy, savory, sweet, salty, and just plain NOT plain. These ideas will turn that jar of mayo sitting in the refrigerator into the perfect topping for almost anything. Remember to blend well and cover tightly and to keep it cold until it is ready to serve. I recommend putting these in a fancy little jar because they deserve it and everyone will think you put a lot of time and energy into making them. All of these can be mixed up within minutes and prepared ahead of time so they are ready to be pulled out and impress.

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    Dill Mayonnaise

    Dill Mayonnaise
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    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1 medium dill pickle (finely diced)
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter pickle juice
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter fresh dill (chopped or 1 teaspoon/5 milliliter dried dill)
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter garlic powder
    • Salt (to taste)
    • Optional: 2 to 3 dashes of hot sauce
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    Sriracha Mayonnaise

    Sriracha Mayonnaise
    Sriracha Mayonnaise. Regarding BBQ, Inc.
    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise (prepared)
    • 2 tablespoons/30 milliliter Sriracha sauce
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter ketchup
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter garlic (granulated)
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    Ultimate Burger Sauce

    Thousand Island Dressing on White
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter Thousand Island dressing
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter onion (minced)
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter relish
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 1 teaspoon/5 milliliter white vinegar
    • 2 to 3 dashes of hot sauce 
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    Barbecue Mayonnaise

    Homemade barbecue sauce in a jar
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    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter ​BBQ sauce (of choice)
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter Worcestershire sauce
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    Chipotle Mayonnaise with Bacon

    Strips of bacon
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    • 1 cup/240 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 2 to 3 strips bacon (cooked, chopped into bits)
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter lemon juice
    • 1 to 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter onion powder
    • 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon/2.4 to 1.25 milliliter chipotle powder (depending on spice preference)
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    Arugula Mayonnaise

    Mayonnaise, spices, salt and pepper

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    • 1 cup/240 milliliter arugula leaves
    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliter olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter white vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter white pepper
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    Roasted Red Pepper Mayonnaise

    Bell Peppers Roasted In Oven
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 2 roasted red pepper slices (you can use fresh or from the jar)
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliter white vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter white pepper
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    Chipotle Mayonnaise

    Chipotle peppers
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
    • juice of 1/2 a lemon
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    Habanero Mayonnaise

    Close-up of hot Habaneros
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    • 3/4 cup/180 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 3 tablespoons/45 milliliter ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter habanero pepper sauce
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    Pesto Burger Topper

    Directly Above Shot Of Pesto Sauce In Bowl On Table
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter basil leaves
    • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter salt 
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    Horseradish Burger Topper

    Four sticks of horseradish and bowl of grated horseradish
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    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter cream cheese
    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons/45 milliliter horseradish (grated)
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter white vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 milliliter white pepper
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    Buffalo Sauce

    Stilton cheese, close up
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    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter wing sauce
    • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter chunky blue cheese dressing
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    Cuban Burger Topper

    Full Frame Shot Of Cilantro
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter fresh cilantro
    • 1 green onion (chopped)
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter white vinegar
    • dash of salt
    • dash of black pepper 
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    Creole Burger Topper

    Cajun spice blend in bowl
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    • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter ketchup
    • 2 teaspoons/10 milliliter Creole seasoning
    • 3 dashes hot sauce 
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    Bacon Cheeseburger Topper

    Bacon Cheeseburger
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    • 3/4 cup/180 milliliter mayonnaise
    • 2 strips cooked bacon (finely chopped)
    • 1/3 cup/80 milliliter sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter mustard powder
    • Optional: 1 green onion (chopped)