Burger Slaw

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My trusty 4-ingredient burger slaw recipe is a little bit tangy, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot tasty! It’s the perfect complement to a juicy beef burger.

Close-up of burger slaw on a burger.

This Southern-style burger slaw is one of my very favorite accompaniments to a big old juicy hamburger, especially a mouthwatering meatloaf burger like I posted yesterday! It’s simple to make and compliments beef really well.

Luckily, it’s a very quick and easy recipe. It takes less than 5 minutes to combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. What are the 4 ingredients, I hear you say? Vinegar, granulated sugar, Season All, and coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots). Once they’re all mixed together, you chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so those delicious flavors can mingle and soak into the coleslaw. The longer you chill, the better… but sometimes we’re hungry and can’t wait, right?

This burger slaw is a little bit tangy thanks to the vinegar, a little bit sweet thanks to the sugar, and a whole lot tasty thanks to the delicious Season All seasoning. Add it to any burger or sandwich to take it to the next level. Slaw burgers on hamburger buns are something else!

Let’s get cookin’!

Labeled ingredients for burger slaw.

Recipe Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Coleslaw mix
  • Sugar
  • Season All

How to Make Easy Burger Slaw

Pour sugar into vinegar.

Pour sugar into the vinegar. 

Mix sugar and vinegar together.

Stir that up a minute or so or until you’re tired of fooling with it. 

Most folks would say until your sugar dissolves, but we’re gonna pour this over our cabbage and let it marinate for a bit and the sugar can dissolve just fine during that process without needing me to babysit it 😉.

Add Season All to measuring cup.

Add Season All…

…which has no MSG. Not that I, personally, have a vendetta against MSG but I know a lot of folks do and suspicions would be raised in the comments about whether or not this was evil.

Mix together.

Stir that up. Again just until you’re tired of fooling with it. 

Pour mixture over coleslaw in bowl.

Put your coleslaw mix in a big old bowl and pour our vinegar mixture over it. 

Stir well until coleslaw is coated.

Stir it really well until it is all coated. 

Put a lid on this and place it in the fridge for about half an hour (or more if you need to).

Bowl of burger slaw.

During that time the burger slaw will wilt down significantly and become filled with even more wondrous yumminess.

Burger slaw on a burger.

Use it to top your favorite burger. I especially love it on these mouthwatering meatloaf burgers that I posted yesterday.

Now go make it a GREAT day!

Burger slaw on a burger.


Store leftover hamburger slaw in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

  • If it makes you feel better, you can shred the cabbage and carrots yourself instead of buying this bag (you overachiever, you!). Just get a small head of cabbage and about 2 carrots (whatever size you grab first) and shred those puppies up.
  • You can totally substitute the white sugar for brown sugar if you like.
  • Another common substitution is swapping the white vinegar for apple cider vinegar.
  • If you’re a fan of mustard, add a 1/4 cup of yellow mustard or your mustard of choice to the vinegar mixture.
  • If you want to add more veggies to the cabbage slaw, add 1/2 cup of chopped bell pepper.
  • Want to make a spicy slaw instead? Add 1 tablespoon of hot sauce (like Sriracha) to the vinegar mixture or simply add it to your burger before taking a big ol’ bite.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between burger coleslaw and burger slaw?

The main difference is that coleslaw is typically creamy and made with mayonnaise, while our burger slaw has a vinegar-based marinade. But both burger toppings are made with a combination of cabbage (napa cabbage, purple cabbage, red cabbage, or a mixture) and carrot.

What do you serve with burger slaw?

Here are a few more burgers and sandwich options if you’re wondering what to pair with this delicious burger slaw: hamburger steak burgers with fried onionssmoked burger recipe, steak sandwiches, loose meat sandwiches, and juicy pork burgers

Another option is to make your own slaw burger. Grab a burger bun, add a turkey burger or salmon burger patty for something different (check out this recipe), and layer on the tomato slices, white or red onion, cheese, and slaw.

Check out these other scrumptious slaw recipes:

Best Coleslaw by Miss Millie

Mustard Slaw (from the SouthernPlate Mag!)

Vinegar Slaw

Asian Slaw

Burger slaw on burgers without buns on top.

Burger Slaw

My trusty 4-ingredient burger slaw recipe is a little bit tangy, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot tasty! It's the perfect complement to a juicy beef burger.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, coleslaw, salad
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 152kcal


  • 1 package coleslaw mix 1 pound of shredded cabbage and carrots
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Season All


  • Stir together the vinegar and sugar. Add Season All and stir again.
    1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons Season All
  • Place coleslaw mix in a medium bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over it.
    1 package coleslaw mix
  • Stir to coat, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Calories: 152kcal
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  1. My grandmother used to make a slaw sort of like this, but it had a bit of oil in it, sugar, cabbage red and purple, onion, fresh garlic and I can’t for the life of me remember the other two spices. But no season-all. I will have to try it.

  2. Thats what will be for dinner tonight. I’ll use ground turkey or chicken for the meatloaf for my vegy family and I can’t wait for the slaw. What a pleasant morning and thanks for the vidio earlier. I can’t wait to get on with the day!!

  3. Love coleslaw but I prefer mine with a creamy dressing from Kraft’s. Never thought of using it on burgers, dogs or sandwiches, but I will now.. Yummy cannot wait..

  4. Also, I spent a year in Caracas Venezuela and the hot dog street vendors had a spicy slaw for their hot dogs and it was fantastic. But I couldn’t con the guy out of his recipe. Anyone have a recipe idea for the hot dog? It may be similar to the burger slaw but a bit hotter.

    Cheers, jAcK

  5. I want to use the exact “Season All” that she uses too. Season Salt can be so different from one brand to another. Why reinvent the wheel and wind up with a dud.

    Living in San Jose, CA, I don’t see it in the major grocery stores. Anyone know what stores sell this? I hope Christy sees this. I see I’m not the only one.

    Cheers, jAcK

    1. Hey Jack! I get mine at Walmart but our Krogers has it too. I’m hoping its not a regional thing for everyone’s sake but just in case, go with your favorite seasoned salt – that you can readily get 🙂 P.S. I live in north Alabama

      1. Hi Christy been eating cold slaw on pulled pork barbecue on the bun every since I can remember. When you went to A movie with your date his Daddy always gave enough money to treat his date. Thanks for taking me home in good ole NC. God bless.

  6. My grandmother made a similar dish but she boiled water, took it off the heat then put the chopped cabbage in the hot water for an hour. Love it! thank you Christie for bringing back good memories

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