The Sabretts onions in sauce is a condiment that has satisfying taste that’s packed with tomato flavor, a little bit of heat, and a slight sweetness. This delish hot dog topping was created and popularized by Sabrett – a hot dog brand that’s easily recognizable by the pushcarts when you walk down the Manhattan street. It is not rare to catch the sight of the iconic yellow and blue pushcart umbrella of Sabrett in New York area, particularly if you are nearby Central Park. 

Sabretts Onions in Sauce Recipe to Create the Taste of New York at Home

Sabretts onions in sauce

There is a reason why Sabrett’s hot dogs are often deemed as the number one in its category in New York City. Ordering one directly from the cart will provide you with the delightfully tasting hot dog. Now, even though this brand doesn’t exist in your town, you can create its special onion sauce by following the guide on how to make homemade Sabrett onions below.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Servings 10
Calories 23 kcal



  • 2 cups onions finely chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 2 tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. salt



  • Set your stove on medium heat and heat oil in a saucepan.
  • Sauté the chopped onions until they turn soft, but before turning brown, for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add water, tomato paste, corn starch, corn syrup, pepper and salt into the saucepan and stir well.
  • After the sauce mixture boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Add vinegar into the sauce before simmering it for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until it turns into thick consistency.


Here are a couple of tips of recreating this recipe. First, if you use red onions, they have extra layer beneath the outer layer, so keep in mind to remove it. Second, you may switch the tomato paste by using ketchup (2 tsp.), barbecue sauce, or Kansas City-styled sweet tomato sauce.

Keyword Sabretts Onions in Sauce

The Sabretts onions in sauce go well with plenty of dishes. Beyond hot dogs, you may use it as condiment to hamburgers, meatloaf, or sausages. It also complements various meats, peas, and potatoes as well. If you prepare the recipe along with bread crumbs as stuffing, you can create a wide range of poultry dishes.

The recipe above allows you to enjoy the deliciousness of this sauce without having to buy it directly from pushcarts in New York. The Sabretts onions in sauce are going to be perfect to make on weekends as an easy and quick recipe to recreate.


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