Culvers Butter Burgers

If you are looking to up your burger game, this burger recipe is at the top of my list. Culvers Butter Burgers have so much flavor but you won’t believe what the secret to making this burger is. Some people think they put butter in the meat. Let me help you out in recreating this fantastic hamburger.

three butter hamburgers with cheese

Why this Recipe Works

If you have never been to a Culver’s and there is one in your area, you must go – it’s that simple. Freshly made burgers and more – did I mention the fried cheese curds and their frozen custard? They are delicious.

Actually, I haven’t ordered anything on their menu that I have disliked. You can’t beat food when it’s made fresh. Scroll down to see my video on how to makes Culvers Butter Burgers.

What Makes a Butter Burger?

Culver’s is known for its Butter Burgers. Some people think they put butter in the meat to make the burger taste so good. While that would make a hamburger patty taste great, that isn’t quite how they make their burger recipe.

A hot grill and fresh, never frozen meat that is seared quickly is the key. Where does the butter come in? You spread a little butter on the buns and toast them. This makes the toasted buns delicious!

What you need to make a Culvers Butter Burger:

  • Butter
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Ground Chuck
  • American Cheese
  • Onions
  • Dill pickles
  • Tomato
  • Salt & Pepper

Hamburger buns, ground beef, onions, pickles, tomatoes, butter, and more to make a butter burger.


The key to this burger recipe is in the bun. Put the butter in a skillet and place the hamburger buns face down in the skillet to let the butter soak into the buns!

I also have a secret I use to help sear the flavors into the meat. I take a meat patty, then I smash it out on the grill (you can use a skillet).

Then I take a large soup can I have wrapped with aluminum foil to really help smash the burger patty down on to the grill. A quick sear on both sides and you are done. Just check out my video to see how to do it.

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Three homemade Culvers butter burgers

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three butter hamburgers with cheese

Culvers Butter Burgers

If you are looking to up your burger game, this burger recipe is at the top of my list. Culvers Butter Burgers have so much flavor but you won't believe what the secret to making this burger is. Some people think they put butter in the meat, let me help you out in recreating this fantastic hamburger.
4.46 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger Recipes, Culvers Butter Burgers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal


  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices onion
  • 8 - 12 dill pickles
  • 8 tomato slices


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place butter in the skillet and swirl it around. Lay hamburger buns down in the melted butter. Allow the buns to toast for about 60 seconds. Remove buns from skillet.
  • Form 4 patties and lay in the skillet. Take your spatula and press down on the hamburger patties. Take a large soup can that has been wrapped in aluminum foil and press each meat patty down on to the skillet. In about 2 minutes, the burger patty will have cooked on one side, so flip it over and do the same for the other side. In about 60 seconds the other side will be cooked. Season patties with salt and pepper.
  • If you want to make cheeseburgers, add cheese when you flip the burger over to the other side. Remove meat patties and place on the bun. Add desired toppings to your burger and enjoy.



Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 3.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Maris

    4 stars
    About to try it out ——- but hunny, please stop scratching up that pan with all those metal utensils 😫.

  2. Krista

    2 stars
    Had to put my two cents in. …simply blathering butter on a bun does NOT make a butter burger. A generous helping of real butter as the burgers fry…using a spatula to flip the butter onto the burger as well

      • Jessica

        Culver’s most definitely does NOT add butter to the beef patty while it cooks. It’s called a butter burger because they butter the inside of the top bun before toasting it. Culver’s cooks their burger on their flat top exactly as the author of this recipe described.

  3. Tony

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I know these comments are two years old. Hope someone will read this one. One of the commentors said they don’t have a Culver’s in Texas. I have to say if you enjoy a What a Burger when you get a chance have a Culver’s they taste the same.

    • Sherrye Woodworth

      3 stars
      I now live in Texas and have had whataburgers and they definitely do NOT taste the same. Butter burgers have much more flavor, at least in the Michigan restaurants I’ve been to. Maybe the Texas Culver’s (none close to me) don’t have the same quality.

      • Stephanie

        Thank you for letting me know that the Culver’s in Texas taste different. I have had both, but there was a gap in time. Thank you for checking out the copycat recipe.

    • Stephanie

      5 stars
      I don’t know of Sherrye meant that Culver’s in Texas taste different in Texas than they do in Michigan. Whataburger does not taste like Culvers at all to me.

      I prefer Culvers over Whataburger, I love the char on their burgers, and I am partial to the fries there.

    • Justin

      I hope others see my reply, i live in texas, dallas specifically, we have culvers and what-a-burger here, and if you think they taste the same then your have brain has sensory issues or you have dead taste buds. I dont eat at what-a-burger because i dont like their burgers and culvers is my favorite burger place, they dont even remotely come close to tasting the same. Some major confusion going on here if you think that…

  4. Diana

    Now if we could only get Culver’s prime rib sandwich recipe, my hubby would be ever so happy!!! We drive from Cleveland, Ohio to Columbus for it!!
    Nice job on the recipes! Seems like you have fun with it.

  5. Kay

    I have passed by a local Culver’s at least a million times. Thought it was just another fast food joint. You had me at “butter”. I will be visit soon. Thanks for the tip on buttering the bun on both sides and squishing and grilling the meat. Trying your copycat recipe soon. New to your site, and really love it. and your comments. Keep them coming…please!

  6. Teresa

    Do you have the recipe for their custard and concrete mixers? My husband and I love Culver’s!
    Thank you so much for all the recipes you share!!
    Hugs, Teresa

  7. Tambra Nicole

    This place sounds great! It doesn’t look like they’ve made their way to my part of Texas yet. When they do come my way I’ll be sure to stop in.



  8. Shirl Meckley

    I would love to have your recipe for Chicken and Dumplins? I have never ever made good ones. And EASY. Thanks

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