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Butter Burgers

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Inspired by a recipe from Trisha Yearwood

Ingredients

For the burger

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for buns
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices Cheddar or American cheese
  • 4 pretzel buns

For the beer cheese sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups light beer
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces grated sharp Cheddar
  • 6 ounces grated Swiss cheese

Instructions

For the burger

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake until lightly brown but not completely crisp, 15-20 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm (I put an upside down plate over the top of the bacon).

For the beer cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until it starts to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the beer until smooth.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the beer is cooked out and the sauce is reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and garlic. Stir continuously and cook until the sauce has thickened, 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper.
  • Slowly add the cheeses and stir until melted.
  • Keep warm over low heat.

For the burgers

  • Cut butter into small pats.
  • Form beef into 4 balls, Press butter into centers then form into patties Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Add patties and cook on one side until browned.
  • Flip and cook until done.
  • Top with cheese slices (see my note below) and remove to a plate.
  • Butter both sides of the pretzel buns and place on the grill, cut-side down. Grill until golden brown and toasted.

For the burgers

  • Top buns with cheese, bacon, burgers, and cheese sauce. Serve with plenty of napkins!
  • Note: I like to put the cheese on my bottom bun instead of on the grilled patties. It helps form a barrier between the juicy meat and the bun, preventing it from getting soggy.