Grilled Butter Burgers #SundaySupper

Wisconsin-based Culver’s made the butter burger a household name. I tossed thin hamburger patties on the BBQ, topped them with compound butter, then served these homemade Grilled Butter Burgers on toasted buttered buns.Grilled Butter Burgers | With 2 hamburger patties topped with compound butter, buttered buns and all the fixings!

Grilled Butter Burgers

Although we have plenty of Culver’s in Indiana, I first experienced their fast food chain in Wisconsin. Known for the butter burger, I figured they must stuff their hamburger patties with a pat of butter. Alas, I was wrong. The toasted, buttered bun is where Culver’s derived the name of this now iconic burger. But when recreating this grilled sensation at home, I had to go the extra mile and also add that butter to the burger for that extra kick of richness and flavor. Grilled Butter Burgers | With 2 hamburger patties topped with compound butter, buttered buns and all the fixings!

The Process

We tend to make thick burgers with ground chuck. I find the flavor is better with slightly more fat in the meat, and plenty of it melts off as the patties cook. But my research lead me to purchase high-quality ground sirloin. Certified Angus Beef® brand is readily available at Market District and is my go-to brand of beef. I scooped out approximately a quarter pound of beef per burger and patted them into thin, wide burgers. Since we were cooking on a charcoal grill, I didn’t flatten them as much as I planned as I wanted them to come off the barbecue uncharred and in once piece.  Seasoned with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning mixture, they were grilled for a couple minutes per side, then topped with a pat of garlicky compound butter.

Once off the grill, sandwiching between buttered buns took these burgers to another level. Two butter laden patties and your favorite toppings and condiments are my take on the ultimate copycat grilled butter burger. Hold on with two hands and have plenty of napkins available. More than once, the hubby commented how fabulous these double-decker burgers tasted. But, honestly, these were too massive for me! I made mine a single decker!

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Today, the Sunday Supper tastemakers are sharing cowboy cooking recipes. Many of us are in Kansas, learning about the ranching life and dining on “cowboy” food. Or is it vittles? I think these Grilled Butter Burgers would fit right in.

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

Grilled Butter Burgers

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins

A double patty hamburger topped with compound butter and served on a toasted buttered bun.


    For compound butter

    • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic
    • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • Minced flat leaf parsley, optional


    • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck or ground sirloin (I recommend Certified Angus Beef® brand for the best results)
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 4 hamburger buns
    • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature (to spread on toasted buns)
    • 4 slices cheese of choice
    • lettuce
    • sliced tomatoes
    • sliced onions
    • condiments of your choice


    1. Make compound butter by mixing all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate while getting burgers and grill prepared. This can be made earlier in the day.
    2. Divide ground beef into 4. Then make 2 very flat patties from each quarter of ground beef (if grilling you may want to make them a bit thicker so you can flip them more easily). Season patties with a sprinkle of kosher salt and pepper.
    3. Prepare buns by toasting in oven until lightly browned (place directly on oven rack in a 375 degree oven a few minutes until toasted. Watch carefully so they don't burn). Spread each side with a ½ tablespoon or less of butter. Set aside while grilling burgers.
    4. Grill, fry or broil your burgers.
    5. Remove hamburgers to serving tray and to each with ⅛th of the compound butter (1/2 tablespoon).
    6. Spread bottom buns with condiments of your choice, then add lettuce tomato slice and onions. Add one burger, a slice of cheese, then the second burger. Add top bun and hold tight while eating this massive burger!


    Recipe Notes

    For smaller appetites, a single burger is plenty.
    The typical butter burger is very flat, but I kept mine thicker to make grilling them easier.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 687kcal Calories from fat 299
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 33g51%
    Saturated Fat 17g85%
    Transfat 1g
    Cholesterol 169mg56%
    Sodium 785mg33%
    Carbohydrate 44g15%
    Dietary Fiber 2g8%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 53g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. My husband loves anything made with ground meat. Your burgers loo really really juicy! He will love them for sure!

    2. Your butter burgers do look and sound wonderful…Rustling up vittles with the cowboys in Kansas looks pretty wonderful, too!

    3. I must try these never saw a better looking burger!

    4. This is new to me but I really want to try one! Beautiful shots Liz 🙂

    5. These butter burgers look absolutely delicious. I’m not sure if I could go for a double, but I’d like to try. Craving one now. Pinned!

    6. I love the way you buttered us up with this burger, Liz! 🙂

    7. Oh those burger patties look so juicy and delicious, how I wish I can have one right now!

    8. This sounds great with the compound butter! Yum

    9. Beautiful looking burger, I just started eating burgers this year because of Shake Shack. I bet this is delicious!

    10. Gorgeous burgers, Liz! I use a low fat ground beef for most things but I agree it needs fat for burgers.

    11. Yum! Butter makes everything taste better I think!

    12. Liz, these sound terrific! I have a friend who loves Culver’s Butter Burgers and I will forward her your post! I can’t wait to try them too. 🙂

    13. I had these in Wisconsin and I’ve wanted to make them ever since, yours look perfect!

    14. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says:

      Tim loves Culver’s butter burgers. Why have we never thought to make them at home? Brilliant!

    15. Now that’s a good looking burger! This recipe is just in time for 4th of July! 🙂

    16. I’ve never been to a Culver’s, but Steak and Shake has a similar sandwich called the garlic burger. (My favorite)! Your version looks so good, I can’t wait to try it!

    17. My husband would go crazy for this!

    18. These are burger perfection Liz!

    19. We absolutely love our burger buns toasted with butter. Your burgers would be a huge hit here I am sure! It was awesome finally meeting you last weekend and I completely enjoyed our mornings together!

    20. When I read the title Culvers immediately came to mind. We have one here in town and it’s like the best kept secret ever. Thanks for the tip on what beef to get for this incredible burger.

    21. Of course, Panos fell in love with these the moment he saw the 1st picture:):):)This butter must elevate the burgers to a whole new level. We can’t wait to give’em a try. M-m-mmm!
      Thanx for the awesome idea Liz!


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