Butter burger is known to the world as a famous Wisconsin delicacy. The dish is a regular burger with a scoop of butter melting over the lean cow meat adding flavor and succulent texture to the burger.
Wisconsin burger’s invention is credited to “Hamburger Charlie” Nagreen who decided to repackage his meatballs sale during Seymour Fair. It was in 1885, he planned a makeover and decided that meat will sell more if sandwiched between two pieces of bread as it will be more customer-friendly.
To spice up the innovation he also prepared a catchy sales song with the lines: “Fried in butter, listen to it sputter.”
Butter burger is sheer ecstasy to the fans when butter reaches its melting point of around 95°F. As it melts the butter clarifies and turns exclusively into butterfat. When it gels with cooked ground beef, the fats intertwine and tasty magic follows.
Wisconsin as a hub of dairy products has been liberal with dairy products on the burgers. There is a profusion of butter in many phases. First butter will be spread on the buns before toasting and patties are also cooked in butter.
On the Burger delight experienced by diners, Danny Meyer, founder of ShakeShack burger restaurant notes that “it’s simple but makes a lot of people happy. At the base, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it.”
Make butter burger at home
Here we will explain the butter burger recipe and show how to make butter burger at home for those missing the ooey-gooey Wisconsin butter burger.
• 10 tablespoons butter (softened)
• 4 hamburger buns
• 1 large onion (chopped)
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• Dash black pepper
• 4 slices American cheese
• lettuce leaves
Gather the ingredients. Lightly butter the cut side of the buns and toast on a skillet and keep them aside. Take a large skillet and heat up to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter as soon as it stops sizzling followed by the onions.
Start cooking with frequent stirring until the onions are soft and lightly browned after about 15 minutes. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, shape ground beef into four burgers.
Also, make a small dent in the middle of each patty. Place the skillet back on medium heat. Arrange the burger patties on them and season the burgers with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook for 8 minutes on each side for ground meat to attain the minimum temperature.
Now place a square block of cheese on each burger and cook until they melt. Meanwhile, reheat the chopped onions on the stovetop to keep them hot by the time burgers are assembled. Assemble the burgers, slather top buns with two tablespoons of butter. Place lettuce leaves on the bottom bun to enhance flavors if required.
Top the bottom bun with a cheeseburger and a tablespoon of the cooked chopped onion. Now fix the buttered top bun on the onion layer and get ready to serve.