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Wisconsin Butter Burger

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, Cheese, sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 burgers


  • 5 tbsps butter divided
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 ¼ lbs ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, or other desired toppings


  • Place ¼ amount of beef on a cutting board. Form into a ball and use palm to press till about ¼-inch thick.
  • Season burger patties with salt and pepper.
  • Place 2 tbsp of butter on a griddle and set heat to medium. Once butter melts and surface is hot, toast the buns. Once brown, about 1-2 minutes, remove and set aside.
  • Add an additional tablespoon of butter on the griddle. Place burgers on griddle and cook 3-4 minutes per side. If you want a well-done burger, use a meat thermometer and cook till the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • When burgers are almost done cooking place a small slice (about a tsp) butter on top of the burgers. Next, place a slice of cheese on each burger.
  • Transfer burgers to buns. Replace bun tops and serve with toppings.