Old-Fashioned Hamburger Relish

Total Time
Prep 48 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

This is an excellent relish! Found this somewhere out on the web and it truly is yummy on hamburgers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large enamel or stainless steel bowl, mix the cucumbers, onion, peppers, celery, salt, turmeric and water.
  2. Let stand for 12 hours or overnight, then drain in a strainer, lightly pressing out any excess liquid. Set aside.
  3. Tie up cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a piece of cheesecloth.
  4. In a large, heavy, enamel or stainless steel saucepan, bring the spices and vinegar to a boil over moderate heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered until the tomatoes resemble a puree- about 30 minutes.
  7. Add the sugar and mustard seeds, cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  8. Add the drained vegetables to the tomato mixture and bring to a boil over moderately high heat.
  9. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated- 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the spice bag.
  11. Ladle into 4 hot, sterilized 1/2 pint preserving jars leaving 1/2 inch of head space.
  12. Wipe the jar rims clean, seal and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  13. Label, then let the relish mellow in a cool dry place for at least 3 weeks before using.
  14. Refrigerate after opening.
  15. Please Note: Takes 2 days prep time (approx) and 1 hour and 25 minutes cooking time to make.
Most Helpful

5 5

Don't let the long list of ingredients and instructions scare you. It isn't as labor intensive as it looks. I just opened the first jar and it is GREAT! Next year I will be making much more. Thanks for posting!

5 5

This relish is very tasty, I'll never buy storebought relish again! I'll definitely double the batch next year.