Not many people know that butter can be such a great addition to your burgers! A Butter Burger is when the ground meat is mixed with butter. For many it’s only a true butter burger when the bun is toasted in butter and crowned with a pat of butter before it’s served. Everyone agrees there should be enough butter to drip off of the hot patty and pool into a puddle on your plate. Today we will look at the best techniques to creating the ultimate Butter Burgers!
1 stick plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 onions, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Roasted Garlic Aioli
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
11 small cloves garlic, roasted and chopped
2 pounds fresh ground beef or four 8-ounce Angus beef patties
4 slices cheese
4 large burger buns
Preheat the broiler. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 1/3 cup water, cover and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown, about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the onions to a bowl and wipe out the skillet.
Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Stuff a slice of the compound butter inside each and broil the burgers to the desired doneness. Add another slice of the butter to the top of each burger, followed by a slice of cheese. Broil briefly, just until the cheese melts.
Meanwhile, toast the buns under the broiler. Put the patties on the bottom buns and top each with 1/4 cup sauteed onions. Smear 2 tablespoons butter on the cut side of each top bun, then put on top of the burgers. Slice in half and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Solly’s Grille, Milwaukee for Food Network Magazine.