Burger Spread and French Fry Dip- Burgerville Copycat

Have you ever been to the Pacific Northwest? If you have, or if you live there like me then you are familiar with Burgerville. If you are not familiar with Burgerville and live in the Pacific Northwest, or plan to visit, do yourself a favor: GO.

I guess I shouldn’t say Pacific Northwest because Burgerville is really only in Southwestern Washington and Northwest Oregon. As in, it’s not in Seattle.

As in there isn’t one within 80 miles of me.

It’s tragic really. I grew up in Southwestern Washington and I loved Burgerville. Whenever we got fast food, I’d prefer Burgerville hands down over all of the other burger places. And the reason why, besides the unbelievable milkshakes, the walla walla onion rings in the summer and the fact that they use Tillamook cheese on their burgers, is the spread that they put on their burgers.

I would always order a Colassal Cheeseburger Basket with fries, a coke and extra spread for dipping my fries.

Friends, every bite was heaven.

And every time I go home I have to stop there at least once. But let me tell you it’s not enough and I got to thinking maybe, just maybe in between visits I could make the spread at home.

After looking at the ingredients list, I decided to give it a go. It took me a couple of tries to get it right but I think I’ve got something that totally satisfies my craving when I can’t get back home. And today I’m sharing it with you.

And you should probably make it. Today.

Burger Spread and French Fry Dip- Burgerville Copycat Recipe



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar



Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve as a spread for hamburgers or a dip for french fries.



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  • Reply
    Kelly Baze
    November 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Another Battleground grad here, and Burgerville was my jam! Used to sneak over there before wrestling practice and scarf it down…then wander into practice smelling like dinner. lol Coach Carlisle made me run alot of sprints back then for making the heavier wrestlers suffer, but I was the featherweight so I could get away with it. ;-) Thanks for bringing this back to me…nowhere else has ever had a sauce that even comes close to
    Burgerville U.S.A.!

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      November 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      hahaha I love that memory thank you for sharing! And you’re welcome! :)

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    April 7, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Oh, and it was quite a bit yellower back in the 70s. More mustard than they use today.

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      April 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      That is interesting Karla! I’m always interested in how things were originally done. I didn’t try it then was it less sweet than it is today?

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    April 7, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I knew a person who worked at BV in the late ’60-’70s. She said it was made in the back with ingredients they had for the burgers. So no sweet relish. (Recipe may have changed over the years and we’ve adjusted to it), but original would have sliced pickles – “hamburger chips” chopped fine, mayo, yellow mustard, sugar. ?? finely diced onion/ grated. JMHO.

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    February 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Hi ,and thanks a mill for the recipe. Only one question, when you say mayonaise do you mean miracle whip?

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      February 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      You’re welcome! When I say mayonnaise I mean mayo not miracle whip. Miracle whip is a bit sweeter. if that is all you have you could try using that and using less of the sweet relish. I’ve never tried it that way though so I can’t say for sure :)

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    Traveling GM
    May 22, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Oh yum – I grew up in Camas, then moved to Vancouver. Now live in Arizona and my first stop whenever I go home is Burgerville. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Hannah Grady
    March 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This tastes exactly like it! You nailed it! Thank you from the bottom of my Burgerville lovin heart!

    • Reply
      March 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      You’re welcome Hannah! I am so happy to hear it, especially from another Burgerville lover! :)

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    October 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I lived in Vancouver for a year and then Battle Ground 6 years when I was growing up. Now I’m living back in my home state half way across the country. I’m currently pregnant and have been CRAVING burgerville, specifically the sauce, so maybe this will calm the craving (which I haven’t even tasted in over 8 years!)

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    Rock Ranger
    July 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    My wife had a blond moment at the 92nd and Powell Burgerville. She and our daughter drove up to the window without stopping at the order station. When asked how she could be helped at the window, she replied “I’ll be right back.” She left the window, drove all the way around the store and went to the order station. Our daughter nearly hurt herself laughing so hard. I wonder how the staff dealt with this. We dubbed this Burgerville the Jericho one. Reciting the incident still gets laughs 20 years later.

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    Rock Ranger
    July 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Thanks much for sauce recipe. Loved this on the single burger. My family lived in Gresham 15 years. Now in MI. Burgerville is another on my list of things I miss a lot. Halo Burger here not even close in quality or taste. Sonic and Checkers/Rally try. Miss Walla2 onion rings and seasonal berry shakes. Used to munch burgers and watch trains at Vancouver station once in a while.

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    Monica Kubicz
    April 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thank you for posting this!! I grew up in Vancouver as well so I love Burgerville…..especially the sauce and the onion rings over the summer. Unfortunately I haven’t lived in the area in 15 years……I married a soldier and have lived all over the world since. It’s a must stop when we make it back home!!

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      April 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Ooooh I LOVE their onion rings too! You’re welcome and thank your husband for his service! :)

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    April 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Mmm, Burgerville. I grew up in Portland, so I am happily familiar with Burgerville. Also a Seattleite now, so I will definitely be making this. Thanks for figuring out the recipe. :)

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      April 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it :)

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    April 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Where in Southwestern Washington did you grow up (if you don’t mind my asking)? I am from Vancouver (near the mall) and love getting Burgerville every time I go back to visit family.

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      April 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I grew up in Vancouver too! Near the Fort :)