Steak and Shake Garlic Double Steakburger

If you have not tried the Steak and Shake Garlic Double Steakburger you are missing out on a delicious way to prepare hamburgers. Imagine combining garlic bread with a burger, well, you get the idea.

Homemade Steak and Shake garlic double cheeseburger on a wood cutting board.

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Steak and Shake garlic burger

Steak and Shake is one of my favorite places to go grab a burger. Many Steak ‘n Shake’s are open 24/7, and I love that you pay fast-food prices and you are waited on by a real server. They cook to order and it is hard to beat a freshly made hamburger.

If you have one of the burgers at Steak and Shake, the first thing you notice is they are smashed onto the grill. They are thin but have lots of crispy browning all over the burger patty.

So this Steak and Shake Double Garlic Burger takes a little extra work, but I think you will be very happy with the results. In the restaurant, they season the burgers as they cook, and we will also season them with a burger seasoning.

We make small patties and smash them onto the grill. We also spread a little garlic butter on the bread and brush the tops with it. Then add a quick sprinkle of garlic salt on top before serving.

Love the smashed style of burger? The best surfaces for cooking them are stainless steel or cast-iron skillets or a griddle.

What makes the Steak and Shake Garlic Burger so good?

The Garlic Double Steakburger is truly exceptional. It consists of two beef patties, two creamy slices of American cheese, and a toasted bun, making it a perfect choice for all burger lovers.

The garlicky mixture on the bun is arguably the best part of the burger, as it provides a buttery and savory essence that complements the ground beef chuck patty perfectly.

When you want a burger that will satisfy you, this is certainly the one to choose.

Why you’ll love this recipe

People of all ages enjoy this simple yet succulent burger. It’s a great way to treat your family, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or even a BBQ with friends and relatives.

The best part about this burger is that everyone can customize it according to their preferences, just like they would at Steak N Shake.

Although it is already flavorful, people can add toppings such as lettuce, grilled onions, bacon slices, or other classic burger toppings to make it even more satisfying.

What’s more, this recipe is not time-consuming at all. It takes only about 20 minutes from start to finish, and it’s made with fresh ingredients, which makes it an elevated version of the original.


Here’s a list of what you need to make this garlic cheeseburger:

  • Ground beef chuck
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion salt
  • Garlic salt
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Garlic cloves
  • American cheese
  • Hamburger buns
Copycat Steak and Shake garlic double steakburger ingredients.

How to make Steak and Shake garlic double steakburger

  1. Divide ground beef into portions.
  2. Roll them into small balls.
ground beef shaped into balls.
  1. Combine salt, black pepper, onion salt, and garlic salt in a small bowl. 
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan and add minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic butter becomes fragrant.
  3. Brush the garlic butter onto the cut sides of the burger buns.
spreading garlic butter sauce on a hamburger bun.
  1. Place the buns in a skillet to toast until golden brown.
  2. Brush a small amount of the remaining butter on top of the beef and sprinkle garlic salt on top.
  3. Heat the grill or iron skillet to medium-high heat.
  4. Place the ground beef balls on the heated surface and use a spatula to press them into thin patties.
  5. Season patties with the salt mixture.
smashed ground beef patties in a skillet
  1. When the burgers have cooked on one side, flip them over.
  2. Add a slice of cheese to each patty.
cheese on top of ground beef patties in a skillet.
  1. Stack two burger patties and place them onto the bottom bun.
  2. You can dress your burgers with whatever condiments and toppings you like such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions.
  3. Cover it with the top bun.
garlic double cheeseburger on a wood cutting board,

Cooking tips for the best burger

  • Be sure to cook your patties over medium-high heat. Super high heat will cause the fat and moisture to escape, resulting in dry burgers rather than juicy ones.
  • When cooking these burgers, watch them carefully instead of walking away to avoid tough or burnt patties. They can cook rather quickly.
  • Resist the urge to keep flipping the patties over and over. You only need to flip them once! This shouldn’t be an issue if you immediately add the cheese after flipping, though. Wait for the underside to cook, and then you’re good to go.
  • For even cooking, ensure the skillet is thoroughly hot before adding the patties.

What to serve this burger with

Make it a complete meal by serving this burger with a side of homemade potato wedges and your favorite soda or a delicious milkshake. You can also enjoy it with onion rings, a side salad, loaded fries, or simple potato chips!

How to store the leftovers

For optimal freshness, I recommend storing any leftover patties separately from the buns. Cooked patties should be placed in a resealable bag or container with a fitting lid and then stored in the refrigerator.

If you’ve already added garlic butter to the buns, they, too, should be stored in the refrigerator. However, if you haven’t yet added the garlic butter, you can safely store the buns at room temperature.

What is the best way to reheat a garlic burger?

I suggest reheating the burger patties either over medium heat in a frying pan or in the oven, as using a microwave could result in the patties becoming dry and losing their pleasant texture.

Reheating them in the oven is a good option since you can also toast the buns at the same time. Use a moderate heat level, 350°F to 375°F, and cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side until hot. You can add the buns during the last few minutes.

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Homemade Steak and Shake garlic double cheeseburger on a wood cutting board.

Steak and Shake Garlic Double Steakburger

Enjoy the Steak and Shake Garlic Double Cheeseburger when you make it at home with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burgers, Steak and Shake Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 914kcal


  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef chuck

Burger Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Garlic Butter

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Divide ground chuck into 8 small balls.
  • Prepare burger seasoning by combining the salt, black pepper, onion salt, and garlic salt together in a small bowl. 
  • Prepare the garlic butter by melting together the butter and adding the two teaspoons of minced garlic in a small saucepan. Heat melted butter for 3 to 5 minutes or until the garlic butter becomes fragrant.
  • Brush the garlic butter onto the buns, and place the buns on the skillet to toast. Toast the buns long enough so the bread begins to brown.
  • Brush a small amount of the butter on top of the ground beef and then sprinkle some garlic salt on top.
  • Heat the grill or skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Place the ground beef balls on the heated surface and use a spatula to press the burgers into thin patties.
  • Season patties with the salt mixture.
  • When the burgers have cooked on one side, flip them over and add a slice of cheese to each patty.
  • Stack half of the burger patties on top of the other. Place the patties onto the buns. Dress the burgers as you desire.


Calories: 914kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 2396mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 5.1mg

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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  1. Jim

    2 stars
    No No No. NOT a Steakburger. I moved to a state with no Steak and Shake and spent a few years experimenting until I came pretty darn close. Here are the tricks

    Grind your own meat. 40% round 40$ sirloin and 20% Tbone SnS patties are exactly 2.2 ounces each precooked so a pound will make 7 patties.

    Only season with Kosher salt and fresh pepper. I combine then roll the meatballs around in.

    Use a red hot griddle or cast iron. HOT. Do not use non-stick as it’s 1) gross and 2) wont get hot enough. You cook them smash burger style by dropping a ball of meat on the cook surface then smashing it thin with a good heavy duty stainless spatula. Winco makes one for about 6 bucks.

    Cook until the edges are starting to crisp. On my griddle I go from raw to cooked in about 3 mins.

    Top with American cheese and Enjoy

  2. Sara

    I read it many times and i couldn’t find the recipe ??? I do not know if there some parts of the page not appearing to me

  3. Doris

    There is nothing better than a home cooked hamburger —made with ground chuck. I did see the recipe for the seasoning but was going to use the Monreal steak seasoning in my cupboard. I cook mine on cast iron or a very old copper bottomed skillet. Thanks for a keeper recipe!

  4. Dustin

    You were inspired to post this! I’ve been thinking for a few weeks now that I’d like to try a homemade steak burger. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll let you know how they turn out!

      • Lauren I Kowalczewski

        When I first read the list, I didn’t see the “Burger Seasoning”, either. So don’t be
        crass……Stephanie could have separated the ingredients a tad better.

        Steph, this sounds amazing. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and they’re right on.

        I can’t wait to try this one.


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