Butter Burgers

Total Time:
35 min
10 min
25 min

6 burgers

  • 1 stick plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 6 soft hamburger buns, split

Preheat the broiler. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 1/3 cup water, cover and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown, about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the onions to a bowl and wipe out the skillet.

Divide the meat into 6 loose balls, then gently flatten into thin patties. Heat the skillet over high heat. Add the patties to the hot skillet, smash them flat with a spatula and season with salt and pepper. Cook, flipping once, until well done, about 3 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, toast the buns under the broiler. Put the patties on the bottom buns and top each with 1/4 cup sauteed onions. Smear 2 tablespoons butter on the cut side of each top bun, then put on top of the burgers. Slice in half and serve immediately.

Photograph by Tina Rupp

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    The sauteed onions where great the burger itself needed help .I added some beer,garlic,salt and pepper and grilled the burger with the sauteed onions.Also I added some yellow american cheese.It was awesome!!!
    Good. Onoins are yummy. Nothing to write home about. It is what it is: burger on a bun with onions and butter. I couldn't bring myself to use the full 2 Tbsp butter though.
    Loved it!! Do not skimp and use less than 2 TBSP's of butter on the bun...so worth it! I think this is my new favorite burger!
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