There are deviled eggs, and then there are these Million Dollar Deviled Eggs.  This is my favorite, best recipe, and it includes a secret ingredient that notches up the filling to the next level.  Top everything off with paprika and bacon (if you feel so inclined) and enjoy!

Deviled eggs topped with paprika

The Best Deviled Egg Recipe

Let’s start the week off with a classic. While Monday morning might have you reaching for a peach bellini kind of classic, I have something slightly different for you today: the best deviled egg recipe that I have in my repertoire.

It’s also a little different from the classic deviled egg recipe that you might have stowed away,  scribbled on a scrap of paper in the back of your kitchen cabinet, and that’s largely due to my addiction to secret ingredients.

That’s right, there’s a secret ingredient in these deviled eggs.  Can you spy it below?

Ingredients for Deviled Eggs and removing yolks from the whites

What Ingredients Do I Need for Deviled Eggs?

  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Mayo
  • Butter. This is it, the secret ingredient! We’re going to talk a little bit more about why we add butter below, but this is what makes these Million Dollar” Deviled Eggs.
  • Mustard (you’ll need yellow and dijon mustard)
  • Sweet pickle juice
  • Sugar (just a pinch!)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Tabasco sauce (optional, just a dash of heat is a great addition, though!)
  • Optional toppings: paprika, sweet pickle slices, crumbled bacon.

Making the filling for the best deviled eggs -- ingredients in glass bowl

The Secret Ingredient

Do you see it? Right there ⬆️⬆️, at 11 o’clock.  That’s one tablespoon of pure, delicious, sweet cream butter.

Have you ever made deviled eggs with butter before? It’s a sneaky secret ingredient, nearly imperceptible except that the filling is just a touch creamier, just a tad more velvety, there’s just something about it that you probably won’t quite be able to put your finger on…

Something really, really good, but not overpowering.  Just a little bit extra without being overwhelming, subtle, but so important.

How to Make Deviled Eggs: Mashing the filling with a fork

In addition to preferring my deviled eggs with a spoonful of butter, I also prefer them to be slightly on the sweet side of things.  To this end I’ve added a splash of sweet pickle juice and a sprinkling of sugar.

I’m told sweeter deviled eggs are a southern thing (while sweeter cornbread is a northern thing, go figure), but I happen to live just a notch above the Mason Dixon Line and can vouch for their deliciousness here, too.

I topped off about half of these eggs with bacon (mostly for my Zach’s benefit, he prefers deviled eggs with bacon) and cross-sections of sweet pickles, and all of them got a sprinkle of Paprika.

Deviled eggs topped off with paprika, bacon, and sweet pickle slices

How Far In Advance Can I Make Deviled Eggs?

For best results, you should not assemble your deviled eggs more than a day in advance. If you’d like to make them two days in advance you can boil, cut, and remove the yolks from the whites. Make your filling and then store the eggs and the prepared filling in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve the eggs, give the filling a quick stir and everything can be quickly assembled.

Deviled Eggs should always be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Deviled Eggs on a platter ready to serve

Let me know what you think!

And if you happen to have some really amazing tricks for peeling fresh eggs, I want to hear them! My parents have chickens so I’m lucky to have a constant flow of farm-fresh eggs BUT those eggs cling to their shells like they were laid by hens with superglue diets. We’ve tried the baking soda trick, the ice bath trick, the spoon trick… none of it has worked here! I’ve heard great things about using an Instant Pot, though, and am considering getting one solely for this purpose!

Other Recipes You Might Like:

  • Broccoli Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Ramen Noodle Salad
  • Corn Salad
  • Pulled Chicken
  • If you appreciate secret ingredients, check out my “Worst” Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Million Dollar Deviled Eggs

The best deviled egg recipe, made slightly sweet and extra creamy thanks to the addition of butter.
4.88 from 149 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 deviled eggs
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Sam Merritt


  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayo (55g)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sweet gherkin pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • dash Tabasco sauce optional
  • paprika for sprinkling
  • bacon pieces optional


How To Hard Boil Eggs

  • Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water.  
  • Transfer to stovetop over high heat until water begins to boil.
  • Boil for one minute, cover with lid, and remove from heat.  Allow to sit for 17 minutes and then drain and transfer to an ice bath.    
  • Peel eggs and set aside.

How To Make Deviled Eggs

  • Slice eggs in half lengthwise.  
  • Remove yolks and transfer to a medium-sized bowl.  
  • Add mayo, butter, mustards, pickle juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce.  Use a fork to mash well.
  • Spoon filling into each egg white.  Sprinkle with paprika and bacon (if using) and serve.  
  • If desired, top with a small slice of sweet gherkin pickle, as seen in pictures.



Serving: 1deviled egg | Calories: 120kcal
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This Million Dollar Deviled Egg recipe was originally published 07/24/2017. Recipe remains the same but post has been updated as of 05/08/2019.