Homemade Donkey Sauce

Homemade Donkey Sauce

My take on Guy Fieri's classic donkey sauce recipe. It has a silly name, but it's actually a delicious garlic aioli. Here's how to make it at home!

I have changed my tune on something over the years. It turns out that I think Guy Fieri is a smart and great dude. Not only does he respond beautifully to rough reviews of his restaurant, but he also helps firefighters! Oh… and his burger sauce, called Donkey Sauce, is my hidden little secret to an amazing burger.

This burger is a an example, in my opinion, of his actual marketing genius. He takes a normal sauce that is delicious and gives it a silly name like Donkey Sauce. While on the surface this may seem stupid, it’s actually smart.

All of a sudden everybody in the food world is like: Whoa. What the hell is donkey sauce? Sounds gross. But… I want to try it.

So people order it, talk about it, and Guy Fieri’s stock goes UP UP UP. But it’s also just a great sauce so add it to your kitchen arsenal pronto.

  • Updated March 12, 2019 to add images and improve my donkey sauce lingo!
Homemade Donkey Sauce

Homemade Donkey Sauce

My take on Guy Fieri’s classic sauce with a silly name. It’s actually a delicious garlic aioli though, so here’s how to make it at home!
3.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Pantry Staples, Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Servings
Yield About 1½ cups


  • 1 cup mayo homemade is best
  • 2 heads garlic roasted
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce optional
  • Pinch of kosher salt and pepper


  • Cut the top off of two heads of garlic, revealing the cloves. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Wrap loosely in foil.
  • Bake garlic at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until cloves are very tender.
  • Let cool and then squeeze or scoop garlic flesh out of cloves. Mash it lightly in a bowl.
  • Stir garlic into mayo (homemade is best) and add other flavors.
  • Serve on a burger or with fries.


Adapted from a Guy Fieri recipe.


Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 1027kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 112gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 67gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1108mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Burger Sauce, Garlic Aioli, Homemade Donkey Sauce

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What is Donkey Sauce?

If you ordered a burger with “Donkey sauce” from one of Guy’s many restaurants, it might be hard to tell what exactly it is through all the other sauces and cheeses. At its essence though, Donkey Sauce is almost like a garlic aioli. He starts with a mayonnaise base and then adds in way more roasted garlic than you would think to add along with a few other simple ingredients.

It is definitely a one way ticket to flavor town.

How to Make Donkey Sauce?

There are two steps here: First, roast garlic. Second, make mayo. Can you use store-bought mayo? Absolutely but to get the true flavor town experience it’s nice to try homemade!

If you’ve never roasted garlic before, it’s not hard. Just cut off the tips of the bulbs and drizzle the open cloves with olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Then wrap up the bulbs in foil.

Roasted Garlic - Donkey Sauce
Not hard.

Roast these suckers at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes and then let them cool.

Garlic done - Donkey Sauce
Fifty minutes later.

Once the garlic is cool you should be able to use your fingers to pop out the cloves. Then just mash up all that delicious garlic flavor.

Keep in mind that as the garlic roasts it loses almost all of its astringent flavor. It turns into this almost sweet, buttery thing that’s completely delicious. While you would never eat a whole raw garlic clove, it is no problem at all popping a roasted one directly in your mouth.

Mashed Garlic - Donkey Sauce
Just mash it up.

Making the Homemade Mayo

This is a mayo-based sauce which makes it great for burgers. While you can definitely use store-bought mayo, I think it’s best if you take the time to make your own. It really only takes a few minutes and you have to wait for your garlic to roast anyway.

Check out my tutorial on homemade mayo for step-by-step photos on how to make it. Yes, it includes a raw egg. Yes, it is worth it.

Homemade mayo - Donkey Sauce recipe

Once your mayo is done, just stir in your mashed garlic along with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and a big pinch of salt and pepper.

I took the sauce a step further and gave it a hit of chile sauce also.

I call it bloody donkey sauce.

Hot Sauce - Donkey Sauce
My own personal touch.

Whatever you call it, this stuff is addictive and wonderful on whatever you can dream up to put it on.

How to make donkey sauce
This is enough for many burgers.

For my taste test I grilled up some nice thick burgers and slathered the buns with the sauce.

Beyond delicious.

Burger with Donkey Sauce

I’ve never eaten at a Guy Fieri restaurant, but the homemade version of Donkey Sauce is one of the better burger condiments I’ve had.

The next time you see Guy “rollin’ out” in his convertible just know that under that spiked and lacquered hair is a business man who knows how to get people talking about his food. That trick seems to be giving simple, but good, food stupid crazy names.

Point taken Guy. Point taken.

Be sure to check back tomorrow on Macheesmo for my Bangin’ Wicked Cross-eyed Cauliflower with my secret Dirty Goose Seasoning mix.

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22 Responses to “Homemade Donkey Sauce” Leave a comment

  1. I’ve wondered the same thing about Guy. Maybe he’s a savant?

    I don’t really understand the name, I’m sure there’s a story behind it, but that sauce looks pretty darn tasty?

  2. I make a version of this sauce to spread or dip just about everything in. Instead of Sriracha, try sweet chili sauce. Or instead of mayo try sour cream. I’ve set it out as a dip with homemade tortilla chips. It ROCKS!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. While I believe Guy has a great business sense, I have trouble watching his show because he is such a (literally) screaming clown. He has NO volume control on his voice and his Mr. T type jewelry (which is a no-no in the kitchen) is beyond gawdy. I admire his success, but I couldn’t STAND to be in the same room with him for more than 30 seconds. The sauce sounds delicious.

    1. Screaming Clown?? Met him st a festival in south beach and caught him again at restaurant in Jersey where he just finished filming for Triple D and screaming is the last thing I would describe as. Maybe a tad on the obnoxious side but just to much. Have to wonder where you got that he’s loud. His laught is a touch about normal but other than that he’s fine.

  4. Then Steven Raichlen must be a savant, because he has a dish called African Springbok with Monkey Gland Sauce in his book Planet Barbecue.

    It does not come from monkey glands, of course.

  5. had to look up your recipie for donkey sauce. I work in a store and a man was looking up restuaants and what they served. He was dumbfounded with donkey sauce. I told him I raised donkeys and didn’t believe it came from them anymore than duck sauce comes from ducks. So off to home I came to look up this recipie and am going to try it very soon. Thanks for the wiered names I love it.

  6. Just came back from carnival cruise and one of Guys burger joints was inside. I tried Donkey Sauce for the first time, and the stuff is addicting…..hence the reason I’m on this site typing this…..good stuff, thanks for the recipe!!

  7. You lost me at “All of the sudden”.
    Seriously, student? Learn some grammar, you wannabe pseudo-journalist hack. Your parents must be pissed they wasted money on your “education”.

    1. Thanks for the correction Robert. We can’t all be right about everything! I definitely never claim to be a journalist and am probably much closer to a hack. Good call.

    2. For someone calling out Nick for grammar, it behooves you to remember where to put your punctuation in respect to end quotes, lest you look like the ranting idiot you are.

      So, commenter, back to basics. Learn grammar before you start talking smack.

      1. Actshually… end quotes appear after the period only if the entire sentence is being quoted. If you’re only quoting a single word or phrase within a sentence, the period is outside the quotes. But it was a petty thing to point out the original mistake anyways.

  8. Guy’s the best. Not only does so much work for fire-fighters, but many children charities as well. He bring so much business to the small independent restaurants and away from the manufactured cookie-cutter fast food industry. He has some of the most fun and genuine shows on the food network. But no, people decided to hate on him cause he not obsessed michelin stars, bleaches his hair, and puts his sunglasses behind his head. Definitely trying this recipe.

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