Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste – What It’s Like & Why It’s Familiar

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What exactly does the Whataburger southern style sauce taste like? Most people that try it will say they have no idea. Despite the sauce being deliciously tantalizing, the truth is that it can be hard to describe. What’s even more frustrating is that for some it can taste slightly familiar, but it’s still difficult to describe exactly what it is. So, what does Whataburger southern style sauce taste like and why is it so familiar to so many people? I’ve got the answer to that and more coming up in today’s post! 

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Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste – What It’s Like & Why It’s Familiar

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What Is Whataburger Southern-Style?

Whataburger “southern style” can be defined as the addition of bacon, slaw, and southern style sauce to a variety of their sandwiches. Although you may customize any burger or sandwich to your liking at Whataburger, it is specifically the southern-style double burger and the Whataburger southern bacon chicken that come already dressed this way. 

Both contain cheese (Monterey and cheddar), slaw (this may only shredded cabbage–without traditional “slaw” sauce), slices of crispy bacon, pickles, and southern sauce. The double cheeseburger differs in that it also contains onions whereas the southern style chicken sandwiches do not. 

Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste

What Is the Sauce on the Southern Bacon Double?

The sauce on the southern bacon double Whataburger and the Whataburger southern bacon chicken has a tangy and delicious umami flavor that people love and crave. We’ll get into the details of what the sauce tastes like and why it may taste familiar later, but just know that the southern-style sauce does mimic sauces from other restaurants–though it isn’t exactly the same!

Whataburger Southern-Style Sauce Nutrition

Trends come and trends go, and unfortunately, the Whataburger southern bacon double sauce was only available for a limited time. Because of that, I cannot give you nutrition facts related to the sauce.

Nevertheless, be sure to keep an eye out for updates to the Whataburger menu. If they decide to make a comeback with southern-style sauce, they’ll be sure to post the nutritional information on their website! 

What is Whataburger Sauce Made of?

While Whataburger and its employees haven’t come out with an official ingredients list of what the whataburger southern bacon double sauce contains, it’s possible to make a few guesses based on how it looks and tastes.

The Whataburger southern style sauce seems to be a fresh take on classic southern “comeback sauce”, especially given its name. Thus, I’d assume the sauce to be a mixture of ketchup and mayo with a bit of spices thrown in for good measure. 

And while we don’t have the official details on what exactly makes up Whataburger southern sauce, I can at least give you a loose rendition of a recipe for the sauce that you can make at home. 

Curious? Stay tuned to learn more!

Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste – What It’s Like & Why It’s Familiar

What Does Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste Like?

Before I reveal what I believe Whataburger southern style sauce tastes like, it is important to remember that taste is subjective. Some people think that the sauce tastes like au jus while others think it tastes like thousand island dressing. 

Our opinion? I think Whataburger southern style sauce tastes like Big Mac sauce with horseradish. It may be for this very reason that people think the sauce tastes so familiar! 

Still, what you think the sauce tastes like is really up in the air. Whataburger themselves label the sauce as “tangy” (I’d agree). 

Also, bear in mind that the original Southern style Whataburger sandwiches that come with slaw do not come with coleslaw sauce. Many often wonder if the sauce they are tasting is a blend of Whataburger sauce and coleslaw sauce. But it isn’t! The slaw is dry so any saucy flavor you’re getting is coming from the southern sauce alone.

Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Recipe

As promised, I’ve got an awesome recipe that mimics Whataburger’s southern style sauce lined up for you today. Although it isn’t the actual Whataburger southern style sauce recipe, it is a similar rendition. In fact, this is the very sauce that Whataburger is likely trying to emulate, as southern “comeback sauce” has been around for quite some time. 

Whip it up in your kitchen the next time you’re in the mood and see what you think!

Southern “Comeback” Sauce Recipe


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chile sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients above.
  2. Store in a jar or airtight container.
  3. Place the contents in the fridge. The sauce tastes better the longer it sits, so refrigerating it overnight before use is a good idea. 


Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Taste – What It’s Like & Why It’s Familiar

Whataburger Southern Style Sauce Tastes Like– What? Depends on Who You Ask!

All in all, though everyone seems to agree that the Whataburger southern style sauce is delicious, people can’t seem to quite come together when agreeing upon what it tastes like. From “au jus” to “Big Mac sauce” the Whataburger southern style sauce is likely the most delectably confusing sauce you’ll stumble across.

Be sure to give it a try the next time Whataburger ushers it back to the menu.

Until next time!

Whataburger Southern Style Sauce FAQs

Which sauce is served with a Whataburger?

The only “sauce” that actually comes on a Whataburger is mustard. But don’t let that get you down. Choose from a variety of condiments from spicy ketchup to creamy pepper sauce to top your burger the next time you’re at the restaurant. Pair it with one of Whataburger’s super large drinks and you’re good to go!

What’s in the gravy at Whataburger?

The gravy boasts of flour, butter, thyme, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper as its main ingredients. Yum!

What kind of sauce is on the Whataburger morning burger?

Good question! This delicious breakfast treat is topped with fresh creamy pepper sauce. You can even make your own red pepper crema sauce for a different spin when duplicating this breakfast burger at home. 

What is Whataburger signature sauce?

Whataburger has many sauces but one of the most popular is the creamy pepper sauce. Give it a try and see what you think! 

By Anna

Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating! Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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