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Wisconsin Butter-Basted Burgers


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: Tomato slices, lettuce leaves, dill pickle slices, ketchup and mustard


  • 1. Sprinkle ground beef with seasoned salt and pepper. Pulse mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to seasoned beef, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add burgers; cook 6-8 minutes on each side, basting with butter, until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from heat; keep warm. Add bun tops to skillet; toast until golden brown.
  • 3. Transfer burgers to bun bottoms. Top each with 1 teaspoon butter. Replace bun tops. Serve with toppings.

Nutrition Facts

1 burger: 400 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 543mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


Average Rating: 5
  • Saea
    Jul 8, 2019
    MANY small hidden gems in Southeastern Wisconsin do put a dollop of butter on top. Unless the butter is dripping, you are not eating a butter burger.
  • randcbruns
    Jun 4, 2019
    The mushrooms and butter basting add great flavor to this burger. These were a hit with my family.
  • NH-rescue
    Apr 29, 2019
    I love mushrooms in any dish, but I REALLY love mushrooms when finely chopped and added to these hamburgers. They made the beef so rich and tender! Definitely a recipe to repeat again and again!
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