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Culver’s made the Butter Burger a household name. Two butter laden patties and your favorite toppings and condiments are my take on the ultimate copycat Grilled Butter Burgers. Make sure you have plenty of napkins!

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!

Tips for Making the BEST Burgers

Basic Burger Making Pointers

  • Grill your burgers for the best flavor. We love the smoky flavor imparted by a charcoal or wood fire over gas, but a gas grill is great in a pinch.
  • Season your burgers well before cooking. You can add garlic, minced onion, ketchup, worcestershire, etc. to your burger meat before cooking.  Salting after they’re cooked just doesn’t offer the same results.  Do not mix salt into the burger as it will draw out the juices
  • 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. Certified Angus Beef® brand is readily available at Market District and is my go-to brand of beef. Do not choose an extra lean ground beef as your burgers won’t be as tasty. 85% beef or LOWER is key for a flavorful burger.

Tips for Cooking Your Burgers

  • 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.  About 3/4-1-inch is an ideal thickness. Use a gentle touch when forming your burgers so you don’t compress the meat.
  • Clean and oil your grill grates to avoid the burgers sticking to the grates.
  • Grill over medium heat as hotter will char before the inside comes to the proper temperature.
  • Do not press down on the surface of the burgers with your spatula. Again, you don’t want to compress the meat and lose any juices.
  • Grill for a few minutes per side, then top with a pat of garlicky compound butter if desired. You only want to flip the burgers once for the best results.
  • PRO Tip: Use ameat thermometer and grill to an internal temperature of 160º to prevent food borne illnesses like e-coli.

Serving Your Burgers

  • 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.
  • I like having pickles, onions, tomato slices, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and a variety of cheeses available for toppings.
  • 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!

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Grilled Butter Burgers

Grilled Butter Burgers

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings


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!


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 Information:



Serving Size:

1 burger

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 989Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 261mgSodium: 965mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 64g


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22 comments on “Grilled Butter Burgers”

  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. 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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