While cheese won out as the most popular burger topping by a wide margin, not every burger has to be a cheeseburger. Many people opt out of adding cheese to their burgers for various dietary reasons and taste preferences. Some people aren’t the biggest fan of cheese on burgers because the flavor can be overpowering and it distracts from the meatiness of the burger. For voters who don’t mind a burger without cheese but can’t live without condiments, one popular spread was the obvious runner-up.
Clearly, people think ketchup is the best condiment to put on a burger — according to the Mashed survey, 20% of voters prefer ketchup over any other topping on their burger. At practically every diner, ballgame, cookout, and fast food joint where burgers are sold, ketchup tends to be close by. The tangy sauce is a great complement to the savory patty, and it keeps your burger from feeling too dry. For voters who prefer an even creamier sauce experience, mayo earned 12% of the vote as the favorite topping. Fortunately for sauce lovers who had a hard time choosing between ketchup and mayo, oftentimes the two are combined to create a very popular burger topping that has gone by various names like “special sauce,” “fry sauce,” and even “mayochup.”
Another topping that 13% of voters showed serious love for were onions, while the final 6% agreed that crispy bacon is the superior burger topping.