Saturday, October 30, 2010

3 Sauces....3 Burgers

Tom and I are always in search of the "perfect" burger and so we're constantly experimenting with different toppings and cloning some of our favorite restaurant recipes. When we go up north we stop at a place called The Keyhole Bar in Mackinaw City which serves the Passion Burger, a nice size one topped with a green olive sauce, swiss cheese and shredded lettuce.  We make it at home by taking 1/2 cup mayo and adding 1/4 cup each of black and green olives. Add the swiss and lettuce and your done.
Another favorite is the take on the Big Mac.  We don't make a double,  but put the sauce, pickle onion, lettuce, and cheese on it . To make the sauce I add 1 Tbl. of re-hydrated dried onion and 1 Tbl. pickle relish to 1/2 cup of Thousand Island dressing.
A new one I recently found comes from The Totem Pole Drive-In  which was on Woodward Avenue In Royal Oak, Mi. They made The Big Chief which was a double with special sauce, sweet pickle, swiss cheese, and lettuce.  Here's the recipe:

1 cup mayo
1 tsp. curry powder
garlic salt to your taste
1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. chili sauce
1/4 tsp. onion powder

Combine all and let sit in the fridge for a few hours before using.

Duggan's Restaurant on Woodward in Royal Oak bought the rights to this recipe years you can always get this burger there. 


  1. The Big Chief was always one of my favorites!!
    I'll surprise Darby with the sauce the next time we have burgers!! Love the olive sauce idea too!

  2. The Big Chief at Duggan's comes with American cheese.

    1. You're right! It DOES come with American cheese...