Culver's Butter Burgers Copycat Recipe: A Delicious Burger Recipe From Wisconsin by 30Seconds Food

Culver's Butter Burgers Copycat Recipe: A Delicious Burger Recipe From Wisconsin

What's a butter burger? A butter burger is a cheeseburger topped with butter, either on the bun itself or on the patty. It's said the butter burger was invented in Wisconsin and made popular by Culver's, a fast food restaurant.

If you don't have a Culver's in your area, no worries! You can make a butter burger at home. This easy copycat burger recipe is a fun weeknight or weekend dinner or lunch the whole family will enjoy – especially butter lovers. You could add lettuce and tomato for a fresh element. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 stick plus 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature (divided)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • hamburger buns, toasted
  • American cheese slices 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the water and continue to cook until onions are golden brown, about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a bowl. 
  2. Form the ground beef into six patties. Season with salt and pepper. Put into the skillet over high heat. Cook, pressing down with a spatula, until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Put the buns onto a serving platter. Smear the tops of the buns with about 2 tablespoons of butter each. Put the cheese onto the bottom bun. Top with a burger patty and some of the onions. Add the top bun and serve immediately. 

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
We stopped at Culver's twice on our recent road trip to Minnesota through Wisconsin. Soooo good!
If you’ve never had a butter burger you’re missing out. Make this now. 😍

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