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Garlic-Butter Burgers

  • Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Tomato slices optional
  • Onion slices optional
  • Lettuce leaves optional


Prepare the grill for medium direct heat or preheat the broiler.

In a small bowl, mash together the butter, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. Form the mixture into a log, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 patties about 1 inch thick; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Cut a slit 1/2 inch deep into the side of each burger. Cut the butter log into 8 slices; tuck 1 slice into the slit in each burger, pressing it deep into the burger. Pinch the slits closed so the meat totally covers the butter.

Grill or broil the burgers for 7 to 9 minutes for medium rare, turning once. Top the burgers with the remaining butter slices and place in the toasted buns. If desired, top with tomato, onion, and lettuce.