Thursday, July 21, 2011

Olive Burgers

I don't know the origin of the
Olive Burger, but they're popular on
menus here in Michigan.

Hubby and I recently ate at the
Peanut Barrel in East Lansing
and loved the savory taste of the
olive burger sauce they put on top.

I tried to reproduce it and here's
my recipe taste-tested and approved
by my hubby:

Olive Burger Sauce
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped green olives w/pimentoes
2 TBS ketchup
1 TBS mustard (I used grainy)
1/2 tea. onion powder

Measure out the olives...

And, run your knife through them
so they're chopped like this:

Whisk the ketchup and mustard
with the mayonnaise in a medium bowl.

Whisk in the onion powder.

Stir in the olives.
Refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.

The Burger
2 lbs. ground chuck
1 medium onion
barbecue seasoning

Chop the onion...

Mix it into the ground chuck
and sprinkle with barbecue seasoning.
You can use any type you enjoy
such as mesquite.

Form into patties.

I like to grill over high heat to sear
the outside while
keeping the inside juicy.

Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, but
keep checking.

These burgers are especially good
served with my


  1. Thanks! I live in the same area and I tend to avoid downtown EL during the school year. This recipe will be great at tailgates!

  2. Peanut Barrel's olive burger has many supporters but count me as a fan of the olive burger at Dagwood's. I ate at Dag's before the MSU basketball games on Sunday and bought some of their sauce to take back to my home in Ohio. Dag's sauce definitely has more olives (no pimentos, btw) which are sliced and appear to have been well drained; the mayo serves almost as a thin mortar holding everything together. Compared to the sauce seen here, Dag's sauce appears almost white, and I'm not detecting any ketchup or mustard in it.

  3. My friend’s family owns the Peanut Barrel and will be happy to know that you enjoyed their food :)

  4. Have you tried olive burgers at Harry bar? Been there forever and used to cater to the Fisher Body plant employees. It was sheer heaven. I miss it being now in the deep south. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My Mom claims to have invented the olive burger in 1966 inBelding Michigan. I'm trying to find olive burger history.

  6. Thank you! I'm looking to re-create the Peanut Barrel olive sauce to satisfy my cravings as I live here in Kentucky now!

  7. 1923 Flint Mi Halo Burger was the first olive burger