It was National Cheeseburger Day a few weeks ago. Somehow, I managed to miss it, but celebrating with a compound butter cheeseburger is something you can do any day. Who needs a holiday?
Compound butter is just a fancy way of saying that you take butter, soften it a bit, and then add other ingredients. Mix them all together and you have compound butter. Once you’ve got that, you add it to your ground beef, form your burger, and start cooking.
There are two good reasons to use compound butters. The first reason is that it adds extra flavor. And, you can change the flavors by adding different ingredients to the butter (lemon, parsley and garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, a dash of cayenne, hot sauce, whatever you like).
The second reason is that it keeps your burger moist and delicious. It won’t dry out as much if you overcook it a bit.
It’s pretty easy to do and fun to play with.
I served it on a fresh potato roll, but you can use a standard burger bun or a kaiser roll, or even an English muffin if you prefer.
Compound Butter Cheeseburger Substitutions and Variations
- I’ve used garlic, basil, and tarragon in my compound butter, but you can use any herbs you like.
- Or, you can kick it up a notch with some cayenne or sriracha.
- Replace the garlic with a few sun dried tomatoes.
- Make a quick aioli (mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper, a splash of olive oil, and a bit of lemon juice), or add crisp bacon.
More Recipes with Ground Beef
A fresh take on the usual pasta sauce, this one has white wine, sausage, and ground beef (not a tomato in sight).
Make it with fresh pasta for a real treat.
A classic sandwich given a bit of a new twist. The tomato sauce is updated with sriracha. That elevates the flavor, gives it more kick, and modernizes an old favorite.
Classic Italian meatballs, in a portion downsized for one person. Use them in spaghetti, eat them on their own, or add them to soup.
Got meatballs? Add them to this soup and have a meal in minutes. You just need a few more ingredients, heat it up, and you’re done.