You don't have to go to Wisconsin to get a mouthwatering, gooey butter burger; it's super-easy to make them at home!
- Serves: 4 persons
- 10tablespoons butter (softened, divided use)
- 4hamburger buns
- 1large onion (chopped)
- 1pound lean ground beef (preferably sirloin; 90/10 or better)
- ½teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
- Dash black pepper (or to taste)
- 4slices American cheese
- Optional: lettuce leaves
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Lightly butter the cut side of the buns and toast on a griddle, skillet, or grill, or under the broiler. Set the buns aside.
Step 3Place a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter. When the butter stops sizzling, add the onions. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions are soft and just lightly browned, or about 15 minutes. Remove them to a bowl and set aside.
Step 4Meanwhile, shape ground beef into four burgers. Make an indentation in the center of each patty.
Step 5Place the same skillet back on medium heat. Arrange the burger patties in the skillet. Season the burgers with kosher salt and black pepper and cook them for about 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until they reach at least 160 F, the minimum safe temperature (USDA) for ground meat.
Step 6Place a square of cheese on each burger and continue to cook until the cheese is melted. Meanwhile, reheat the chopped onions on the stovetop or microwave so they will be hot when you assemble the burgers.
Step 7Assemble the burgers. Slather each top bun with about 2 tablespoons of butter. If desired, place lettuce leaves on the bottom bun. Top the bottom bun with a cheeseburger. Top with a heaping tablespoon of the cooked chopped onion. Place the buttered top bun on the onion layer and serve immediately. Enjoy!