Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce + Burman’s Polynesian Sauce


Chick-fil-A is one of the more profitable fast food chain restaurants in the U.S., famous for its breaded and grilled chicken sandwiches, its closed stores on Sundays, and its employees who respond with “my pleasure” when you thank them.

Chick-fil-A serves a custom sauce with many of its sandwiches and chicken nuggets, and it’s simply called Chick-fil-A sauce. Chick-fil-A describes the sauce as a “classic dipping sauce with notes of mustard and a smoky tang.” It’s like a honey mustard, with a bit more. Many food bloggers offer ways to replicate the sauce at home using ingredients that include honey, mustard, barbecue sauce, lemon juice, and mayonnaise.

While it’s less popular, Chick-fil-A also has a Polynesian sauce they describe as “a delicious sweet and sour sauce with a strong, tangy flavor.” This sauce reminds me of sweet and sour sauce served on chicken from Chinese-American takeout restaurants.

At some point, Chick-fil-A began producing these popular sauces in bottles sold at some grocery stores, so you could get a taste of the restaurant in your own home. If you want either classic Chick-fil-A Sauce or Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce, I’ve found them at some of my larger local grocery stores as well as at Target. Also, sometimes Aldi sells both of these Chick-fil-A sauces for a limited time as Aldi Finds. They don’t last long on the shelves, especially the classic Chick-fil-A Sauce. My family is especially fond of the classic Chick-fil-A Sauce served with frozen chicken nuggets or chicken tenders.

Then, as Aldi is apt to do with many of its products, the discount grocery store introduced its own private label knockoff Chick-fil-A sauces in both the classic and Polynesian styles.

Burman's Chicken Dipping Sauce and Burman's Polynesian Sauce

Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce cost $2.09 for a 12.25-ounce net weight bottle, and Burman’s Polynesian Sauce cost $2.09 for a 14.4-ounce net weight bottle.

These Chick-fil-A dupes appear to be Regular Buys, which means they should be available at Aldi any time of year. They showed up around the same time as many summer seasonal items, though, so it’s possible they could only be in Aldi stores during the warmer months. We’re not sure yet.

The Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce is described as “creamy, sweet and savory” while the Burman’s Polynesian Sauce is described as a “Pacific Island favorite with tangy tomato & signature spices.” Both sauce bottles state they are “great for dipping, topping sandwiches, dressing salads or enhancing your favorite recipe.”

I served both of the Burman’s sauces alongside the Chick-fil-A sauces with chicken nuggets for an easy family dinner.

Burman's Chicken Dipping Sauce and Burman's Polynesian Sauce

Nutrition information and ingredients for Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce on the left and Burman’s Polynesian Sauce on the right. (Click to enlarge.)

Read on for more information about each sauce.

Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce:

Ingredients are similar though not identical to name-brand Chick-fil-A Sauce.

However, my family’s opinions on this sauce ranged from “it’s okay” to “bad.” Some people described it as having a metallic aftertaste, and they said it tasted “off.” Despite the similar ingredients list, this doesn’t taste quite the same as Chick-fil-A Sauce, so we’ll be sticking with name brand in the future.

If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains egg.

One 2-tablespoon serving has 90 calories, 6 grams of total fat (8% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), 350 mg of sodium (15% DV), 9 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 8 grams of total sugars, and 7 grams of added sugars (14% DV).

Burman’s Polynesian Sauce:

Ingredients in this Aldi sauce are very similar to what’s in name-brand Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce.

My family thought this Aldi sauce tasted pretty close to its name-brand counterpart. I recommend giving the bottle a good shake before serving it. I can see the different liquid layers separated in the bottle after it’s been sitting around, so you want to mix it up a bit.

One 2-tablespoon serving has 110 calories, 5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), 210 mg of sodium (9% DV), 16 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), 14 grams of total sugars, and 14 grams of added sugars (28% DV).

The Verdict:

Burman’s Chicken Dipping Sauce and Burman’s Polynesian Sauce are Aldi imitations of name-brand Chick-fil-A sauces. We thought the Polynesian Sauce was a fairly close knockoff of Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce. However, most of us thought the Chicken Dipping Sauce was inferior to name-brand Chick-fil-A Sauce.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.

6 Comments

  1. That Polynesian sauce is an abomination. It’s rare I will throw something in the trash immediately upon trying it, but that’s where the bottle ended up.

  2. I think it is spelled ChiCk Fil A.

  3. Instead of *any* Polynesian sauce try this: https://www.franksredhot.com/en-us/products/franks-redhot-sweet-chili-sauce and thank me later. 😉

  4. I haven’t tried the Aldi versions of these sauces, but if you’re looking for an excellent dupe of the Chick-fil-a sauce, Wal-Mart also sells “chicken dipping sauce” under it’s Great Value label. it’s what we use at my house!

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