Our own recipe, made in-house
A common denominator in Hesburger's products is our delicious mayonnaise. Our white cucumber mayonnaise was created by Heikki Salmela in 1972, when Puutorin Grilli began selling its double-decker hamburgers. Five double-deckers were sold on the first night. As this number grew quickly, Heikki knew that his mayonnaise recipe was a winner. He created a red pepper mayonnaise for shish kebabs that also turned out to be a big hit.
In the beginning, the mayonnaises were produced in litre quantities. As the business grew, larger and larger quantities of the mayonnaise were needed. Today, as much as 4,000 litres can be produced during a single work shift. Approximately 10 full-time employees are engaged in Hesburger's sauce production.
The recipe for our cucumber and red pepper mayonnaises has remained virtually unchanged over the years. Since then, we have added our own ketchup and mustard as well as numerous salad dressings and dessert sauces.
Along with mustard and other sauces, ketchup is one of the most important condiments for hamburgers. This is the reason why Hesburger has long wanted to pay special attention to its flavour.
Hesburger's ketchup is the result of Finnish product development and its production begun in the mid-1990s. Indeed, in-house sauce production has given Hesburger a competitive edge. Domestic production and high-quality ingredients guarantee an outstanding result.
Hesburger's secret-recipe ketchup is exceptionally rich in tomato - nearly two kilograms of tomatoes are used to produce one kilogram of ketchup. Tomatoes make the ketchup thick and tasty, which is why Hesburger's ketchup goes so well with a variety of foods.
A proper share of ingredients and the heating process play a crucial role in ketchup production. Ingredients and production processes are closely monitored to ensure that the ketchup is consistently high-quality and guaranteed delicious.
Million kilos of ketchup
Each year, we make nearly one million kilograms of ketchup, which accounts for approximately 30 % of all the sauces produced by Hesburger. The Kaarina facility also produces all the ketchup going to Hesburger restaurants abroad. Just the sauce production in Kaarina employs a staff of ten.
Watch a video on Hesburger ketchup (in Finnish).