Donkey Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Every good burger needs an epically delicious sauce to make it unforgettable, and this Donkey Sauce is just that! With a crazy name like Donkey Sauce, you know it will be good. It is effortless to make, but it is packed full of flavor. You can think of Donkey Sauce as a spin on roasted garlic aioli, and you will want to put it on everything!

This recipe is adapted from Guy Fieri’s recipe for Donkey Sauce. and it is seriously delicious. I could not stop eating it! The key to making this sauce is to roast the garlic first. This brings out the natural sweetness of the garlic and gives it a wonderful depth of flavor.

Try dipping these grilled potato wedges or some air fryer jojo wedges in the Donkey Sauce. You can even slather it on some air fryer loaded baked potatoes.

cheesy slider sitting on a ceramic plate with donkey sauce spilling out the side

Why This Recipe Works

If you are a sauce fanatic like me, you will want a healthy supply of Donkey Sauce in your fridge, ready to deploy at any moment! This Donkey Sauce is perfect on pretty much everything.

  • Quick and easy. Simply roast the garlic until it is super soft, and combine the ingredients.
  • It is loaded with flavor. The roasted garlic is buttery and sweet and pairs perfectly with the tangy-sweet flavor of the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Creamy. This really is a garlic aioli on steroids.
  • Perfect on anything. Load it up on some sliders or burgers. It also is delicious with fish and chips.

The Ingredients

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom for specific ingredient amounts and instructions.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Roasted garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
ingredients for donkey sauce: mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, roasted garlic, worcestershire sauce

How to Make Donkey Sauce

This is just a quick overview of the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Roast the garlic. Cut the top of the garlic bulb off and drizzle some olive oil over the bulb, allowing it to seep in between each garlic clove. Loosely wrap the bulb of garlic in foil and bake until golden brown and soft.
  2. Combine the ingredients. Squeeze the garlic bulb into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix the Donkey Sauce. Thoroughly mix the ingredients until well combined.
  4. Now go spread this sauce on some amazing smash burgers.
donkey sauce in a ceramic bowl with a spoon dipping in

Tips for Success

  • The more you mix the sauce, the more the garlic will break down. Mix it until you get the desired texture. I like to keep some chunks of garlic in my sauce!
  • Store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
  • Let the sauce sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. This will give time for the flavors to meld together and let the roasted garlic shine.
  • If you want to add a little heat to the sauce, add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce or Sriracha sauce.

This recipe is perfect for burgers, but it is also a great aioli for our air-fried tilapia or parmesan chicken tenders. However, you use it, make it a complete meal and serve it with a grilled Romaine salad, some crusty bread, and air fryer brownies or banana cake for dessert.

donkey sauce in a ceramic bowl with a french fry dipping in

 🛠 Tools and Equipment

If you click on some of the following affiliate links and buy something, we might get a small commission. You don’t pay any extra, but it will help us keep the lights on and our bellies full!


Be sure to follow us on our social media accounts.

Did you make this recipe? Tell us about it in the comments below!

💬 Tell Me What You Think!

Did you try out this recipe? Please leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it. Also, snap a picture and post it to your favorite social platform. Be sure to tag me at @alicensetogrill and let me know how you liked it!

donkey sauce in a ceramic bowl with a french fry dipping in

Donkey Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

You can put this Donkey Sauce on everything! It is super creamy and packed full of flavor from the roasted garlic. Don't be surprised if you are compelled to eat precarious amounts of this sauce on your fries or burgers, it is that addicting!


  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Cut the top off of the garlic bulb. Cut off just enough to expose the inside of each garlic clove. Place the garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle some olive oil over the garlic. Allow the oil to seep in between each garlic clove. Loosely wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and bake at 400°F for 60 minutes.
  2. Once the garlic is finished roasting, squeeze the garlic bulb into a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the garlic with the other ingredients in a small bowl. The more you mix it, the more the garlic will break down into smaller pieces. Mix until you have the texture you like.
  4. Spread the sauce on your favorite burgers or dip your fries directly into the sauce. Enjoy!


  • When roasting the garlic, you may need to add more time depending on the size of the garlic bulb. Start with 60 minutes and adjust accordingly.
  • The sauce will be chunky from the garlic. If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can mince the roasted garlic more or use a spoon to create a paste with the roasted garlic before adding it to the sauce.
  • Store the Donkey Sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

About Joshua Boquist

Josh is an outdoor enthusiast and food fanatic. A License To Grill is his passion project where the outdoors intersects food - grilling, smoking, and all things tasty!

You May Also Like

Get new recipes sent to your inbox!
Don't miss out! Subscribe and get all the new recipes first.
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *