12 Make-Ahead Burger Toppings

Making your own condiments, pickles, and other burger toppings may take a bit of planning, but the results are in a whole different league than anything you'll find in a store. Start now and upgrade your Memorial Day burgers with 12 recipes for pickles, mustard, ketchups, hot sauces—even home-cured bacon.

Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions (Escabeche de Cebolla)
Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions (Escabeche de Cebolla)
Red onions soak up the flavors of oregano and cumin in this classic pickle relish.Todd Coleman
Tomatillo and Roasted Green Chile Ketchup
Tomatillo and Roasted Green Chile Ketchup
Spicy, tangy, and smooth, tomatillo ketchup can do double-duty: It’s great as a dipping sauce or burger topping, but can also serve as a simmer sauce for meats.Khushbu Shah
Homemade Ketchup
This thick, tangy, fresh-tasting tomato ketchup is easy to make at home. See the recipe for Homemade Ketchup »Todd Coleman
Pickled Ramps
Pickled Ramps
Pickling is a great way to preserve ramps, the wild spring onions that overflow at the market for a few weeks each spring. Their garlicky flavor combined with a vinegar kick adds a bright punch to all sorts of dishes.Anna Stockwell
Beet ketchup
Beet Ketchup
Ketchup made with roasted beets has a surprising, slightly earthy flavor—we love it in place of tomato ketchup on turkey burgers. It's easiest to cook it over the course of two days. See the recipe for Beet Ketchup »Khushbu Shah
Pickled Serrano Chiles
Pickled Serrano Chiles
Pickled serranos make a versatile condiment that adds tartness and heat to all sorts of dishes; for the tastiest results, allow the pickled peppers to sit in the refrigerator for at least a week before you use them.André Baranowski
Conserva de Pimenta (Brazilian Pickled Chiles)
These Brazilian pickled chiles are usually served alongside rice and beans, roast pork, or fish, but they're just as delicious atop burgers. For less intense heat, remove the seeds from the chiles before pickling. See the recipe for Brazilian Pickled Chiles »
Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce
Store-bought hot sauce can't compare to the homemade version.André Baranowski
Spicy Guinness Mustard
Our favorite mustard recipe uses brown mustard seeds and Guinness beer, which lends a malty character and hints of sweetness. See the Spicy Guinness Mustard recipe »André Baranowski
Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Sodas like the Dr. Pepper in this recipe from chef Elizabeth Karmel, often sweeten barbecue sauces across the country. See the recipe for Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce »Todd Coleman
Libby's Bread and Butter Pickles
Sweet pickles are a classic burger topping; our recipe includes mustard seed, celery seed, and turmeric. See the Bread and Butter Pickles recipe »André Baranowski
Home Cured Bacon
Home curing is easy and yields a far more flavorful bacon than the store-bought kind. What's more, you can season the bacon any way you like; this recipe calls for a rub of fennel, caraway, rosemary, and thyme. See the recipe for Home Cured Bacon »André Baranowski