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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 2:07 pm

It's summertime in the valley. Days where it's so sweltering, the only cooking appliance that seems worth firing up is the outdoor grill. And sometimes, it only seems reasonable to cook something easy, like a burger. When we think about burgers, we think about beef or turkey, what kind of cheese, romaine or iceberg, sweet or dill pickles, red or white onion, and always the good idea — bacon.

What we never consider is the perfect condiment. We drag out all the usual suspects to dress them up. But, what if you only needed one perfect concoction to make that burger give you a case of the moans and groans? That one magical ingredient that can set your burger apart! And, an added bonus, if you're grilling in the park, wouldn't it be nice to only require one container in your ice chest, leaving room for more beverages?

I've experimented with different ingredients, and came up with what my family considers the perfect burger sauce. It has become so popular with them, I no longer have the choice of not making it. They put it on their hot dogs, and dip their fries in it too. I think it's perfect just the way it is. But if you're heat sensitive, don't like a particular item, or really like a particular item, feel free to back off or add more.

Make it to your particular taste profile. My motto is "Go big or go home" when it comes to food, so my version holds its own against anything inside that bun. Cooking is creativity. Be a hero and release your inner culinary artist. I give you my word, this is a great place to start.

Sauce

1 cup Mayonnaise

1/3 cup Ketchup

1/2 cup finely minced red or white onion

1/3 cup sweet pickle relish

1/3 cup dill pickle relish

1 tablespoon extra hot horseradish

1 tablespoon celery seed

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (found in Asian section at supermarket)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Just mix all the ingredients together in a container, and put them in the refrigerator. Give them about an hour to get to know each other before you put them on your burgers. Enjoy yourselves my friends.

Chuck Nelson was born in Lodi and attended school in Galt and Stockton. He has been a hair sylist in Lodi for 33 years, currently at Oasis Salon. He is married to Glenyss and has two daughters, Trisha and Tracy and one grandson, Dylan. He enjoys reading, doing mind puzzles, playing golf and cooking for friends and family.

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