Emmy Burger Recipe

The Famous Emmy Burger Recipe

The Emmy Burger is one of those staple burgers that you could recognize just by a photo of it. From the pretzel bun right down to the signature Emmy Sauce, it is definitely one-of-a-kind. Unfortunately, I don’t live in NYC and Emily doesn’t ship 🙁 so I decided to use their recipe and make it at home! See below for the ingredients/steps!

For the Burgers:

  • 4 burger patties of your choosing
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 4 pretzel buns, toasted
  • 1 large white onion (thinly sliced, caramelized)

For Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup gochujang (paste)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used kewpie mayo)


  • Caramelize your white onion for 30-40 minutes over medium heat in a saucepan. Stirring occasionally. Be patient!
  • To make the sauce, whisk the sugar and vinegar together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add the gochujang and mix until well combined.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and sesame seeds and cook for about 2 minutes or until the garlic has cooked down.
  • Add your garlic/butter mixture to your gochujang and mix until well combined.
  • To make the Emmy sauce, mix 1/4 cup of the sauce with 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Set aside and make your burgers.
  • Cook your patties to your desired temperature and add a slice of white cheddar cheese to each patty (making sure it is fully melted)
  • Butter your pretzel buns and toast each bun
  • Build your burger: Put a tsp (or more) of Emmy Sauce on each bun. Place your patty on top of your bottom bun, top with caramelized onions, and then your top bun!

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