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Bring an iconic Wisconsin and American classic to life at home with my indulgent butter burger recipe, and give in to your naughtier side as you chow down and savor every rich, juicy, meaty, and buttery mouthful!

Butter burger with fries

Butter Burger Recipe

Butter burger with fries

What is a Butter Burger?

Believed to have been invented in Wisconsin, and today, a popular dish particularly in the north and midwest of the United States, a butter burger, quite simply, is exactly as it sounds!

A butter burger sees butter added atop a classic hamburger, via being generously spread on the top patty, as popularized in the 1930s by Solly’s Grille, whom many believe invented the style of butter burger we know and love today, and Krolls’ restaurant.

The addition of butter makes the hamburger even more rich and juicy. From there, you can treat it as you would any hamburger, enjoying it with cheese, onions, and a wide range of toppings, along with crispy fries and other sides.

Ingredients

To make my butter burger recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Butter burger ingredients on a board

For each burger:

  • Burger Bun – 1 regular burger bun
  • Ground Beef – 4 oz (115 grams) ground beef (ideally sirloin)
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp salt
  • Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Butter – 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Cheese – 1 slice Cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp (for pan-frying) – any neutral oil with a high smoke point (vegetable, sunflower, canola)

For the stewed onions (per burger):

  • Onion – 1/2 medium sweet onion
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp salt
  • Butter – 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Water – 1 tbsp water

Step 1 – Chop the onion and add the onion to a small pot with 1 tbsp of butter per half an onion, 1 tbsp of water, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set on medium heat and cook, stirring for 2 minutes until the butter has melted. Cover the pot, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let it stew for about 10-12 minutes until soft and translucent.

Chopping the onion to be used for stewed onions on top of the burger patty
Stewing the onions to be used on top of the burger patty
Stewed onions to be used on top of the burger patty

Step 2 – Take 4 oz of ground beef and form a ball. Then, form the burger patty. You can do so by pressing with your hands.

Shaping the burger patty.

Or you can do so by pressing the ground beef ball between two pieces of non-stick paper/parchment paper using a pot or a pan or anything with a flat bottom.

Shaping the burger patty.

Step 3 – Season the patty with salt and pepper (about 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper per patty).

Seasoned burge rpatties

Step 4 – To a cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the burger patty and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.

Burger patty in a cast iron pan
Burger patty in a cast iron pan

Step 5 – Top with stewed onions and, optionally, a slice of cheese.

Adding the stewed onions
Burger patty topped with cheese

Step 6 – While the cheese is melting, toast the bun in the same pan as the burgers.

Toasting the buns

Step 7 – Add 2 tbsp of unsalted butter to the underside of the top bun.

Adding butter to the underside of the top bun

Step 8 – Add the buttered top bun to the burger and enjoy.

Butter burger

What to Serve with the Butter Burger

I went classic with my butter burger, serving it topped with cheddar cheese slices and stewed onions, with a side of fries and a good dollop of ketchup.

However, this is your butter burger, so you really can try this with anything you like.

Just to warn you, those juices ooze from the patty like a waterfall, so be prepared for your toppings and sides to get coated in plenty of buttery juices!

Butter burger with fries
Butter burger with fries

Recipe Card

Butter burger with fries

Butter Burger

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Nomad Paradise
Course: Mains
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1

Ingredients

For each burger:

  • 1 regular burger bun
  • 4 oz 115 grams ground beef (ideally sirloin)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 slice Cheddar cheese optional
  • 1 tbsp oil for pan-frying

For the stewed onions (per burger):

  • 1/2 medium sweet onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Chop the onion and add the onion to a small pot with 1 tbsp of butter per half an onion, 1 tbsp of water, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set on medium heat and cook, stirring for 2 minutes until the butter has melted. Cover the pot, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let it stew for about 10-12 minutes until soft and translucent.
  • Take 4 oz of ground beef and form a ball. Then, form the burger patty. You can do so by pressing with your hands. Or you can do so by pressing the ground beef ball between two pieces of non-stick paper/parchment paper using a pot or a pan or anything with a flat bottom.
  • Season the patty with salt and pepper (about 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper per patty).
  • To a cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add the oil, and once the oil is hot, add the burger patty and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Top with stewed onions and, optionally, cheese.
  • While the cheese is melting, toast the bun in the same pan as the burgers.
  • Add 2 tbsp of unsalted butter to the underside of the top bun, and add the buttered top bun to the burger.
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Authors

  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

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  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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