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Sonic Crave Sauce Recipe

Get delicious burgers every time with this flavorful sonic crave sauce

Elen Rustick By Updated May 7, 2023

Revamp your dinner times with this Sonic Crave Sauce Recipe. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and the ultimate burger sauce that everyone will enjoy.

Sonic Crave Sauce Recipe

Sonic drive-in was founded in Oklahoma in 1953 by Troy Smith. Today, it has over 3,500 fast-food restaurants in 46 different states across the US.

Recently, the sonic crave cheeseburger (the “new Crave Cheeseburger”) has been revamped with a secret recipe for its irresistible sauce. Many people love this secret sauce and have been wondering exactly how to recreate it at home!

You might have seen lots of copycat recipes for this sonic signature sauce. But this special copycat version is quick and easy, involves minimal prep time, and can be made with readily available ingredients.

So gather the list of required condiments and get whisking to enjoy a sonic crave cheeseburger! You can even make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

All About The Sonic Crave Sauce Ingredients

Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

The base of the secret sonic crave sauce is mayonnaise or miracle whip. Your sonic cheeseburger wouldn’t taste the same without the creamy and tangy flavors these ingredients add to it.

What’s the difference between these two widely available condiments? Both have the same basic ingredients, but there are some key distinctions between the two.

Miracle whip was originally created to be a cheaper alternative to mayonnaise. It contains less oil – and therefore less fat – plus water, sugar, and a special spice blend.

You’ll see it available in any grocery store in original, light, and fat-free varieties. Most people find that miracle whip has a sweeter and spicier taste than mayo, so whether you prefer it or not comes down to your own tastes.

However, in terms of a sauce for your sonic crave cheeseburger, both miracle whip and mayonnaise work just as well. Either can be used in equal parts, and this goes for any recipe that calls for mayonnaise as an ingredient.


Just a little bit of ketchup is used in this sonic crave sauce to add a hint of sweetness. It also helps to balance out the spicy and tangy elements of the other ingredients.

Sonic describes their secret sauce recipe as both sweet and tangy. Therefore, the ketchup is key in achieving this first element and can’t be missed out.

And I can assure you that, even if you’re not a ketchup fan, you won’t be able to taste it as an individual component once it’s mixed with the mayo, relish, and seasonings. Just a small amount – 1 tablespoon – is enough to give the sonic crave sauce its authentic sweet taste.


In the US, the term relish usually means a pickle relish. This is a condiment with a jam-like consistency and is made of cucumbers (either pickled or fresh), vinegar, salt, spices, and sugar.

For a pickle relish that’s used in sauces, you’ll find it made with very small pieces of cucumber.

Most classic American hamburgers and hotdogs will come with pickle relish. And in my sonic crave sauce recipe, the addition of the relish will get your taste buds going as it brings in some tangy and tart flavors.

But, if you prefer your sauces on the sweeter side, source a sweet pickle relish instead of the standard variety.


To bring out the savory flavors of this sauce, the normal seasonings used are onion powder, garlic powder, plus a little cayenne pepper and turmeric. But you can add other ingredients to this dish, depending on your personal preferences.

For example, add just a teaspoon of brown sugar if you want a sweeter sauce and a greater depth of flavor.

Or increase the amount of cayenne pepper that you add, and/or substitute this for black pepper. These methods will give you a spicier chili sauce.

You could also add some diced onions or pepper and add this to the recipe. This will increase both the spicy and sweet flavors, and give the sonic crave cheeseburger sauce a little extra crunch.

Another option is to add a teaspoon of smoked paprika, which gives the sauce a smoky element. Finally, a little lemon juice can also be mixed in easily and will bring out the tarter taste of the sauce.

Sonic Crave Sauce

Easy Tips For Making The Best Sonic Crave Sauce

  • Take care when measuring out the ingredients, especially the first time you make this sonic crave sauce. Then you’ll know you’ve made the secret sauce according to the recipe – and when you make it in the future, you can get creative with the basics to make it to your liking.

  • Add the spice components carefully! Taste the crave sauce as you go along, and only add more cayenne pepper if you want it to be spicier.

  • Use a blender or food processor if you’re adding chunkier elements such as the relish, peppers, or diced onions, and want a smoother consistency. This is the best way to get a really creamy, smooth texture with all of the ingredients combined well.

Sonic Crave Sauce Recipe

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time0 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Servings4
  • Yield4

Level: Easy

Chilling: 2 hours (optional)




Sonic Crave Sauce Recipe _


  1. Whisk the Ingredients

    Take a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise or miracle whip, ketchup, spices, and relish. Use a whisk until the components are thoroughly mixed together.

    For an even smoother mixture, use a blender. Try a little of the sauce and add some salt or extra seasoning or spice if you want to enhance the flavors.

  2. Serve the Sonic Crave Sauce

    You can serve the sauce straight away with burgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches. Add some bacon, cheese, tomato, and chopped lettuce for the perfect combination!

    Or, to really enhance the flavors of your sonic burgers, put the sauce into the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Then serve and enjoy!

Storage Instructions

  • As a rough guide, the crave sauce, like most homemade sauces, will last for about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

  • You can freeze the sauce on the day you make it. It should last for up to about 6 months in the freezer.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 131Calories
  • 9.9 gramsFat
  • 0.7 gramsProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat9.9 grams13%
Saturated Fat1.5 grams 7%
Cholesterol8 milligrams 3%
Sodium282 milligrams 12%
Dietary Fiber0.3 grams 1%
Total Sugars4.4 grams
Protein0.7 grams
Vitamin C0 micrograms 0%
Calcium9 milligrams 1%
Iron0 milligrams 1%
Potassium46 milligrams 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.