Butter Burgers topped with Sautéd Garlic Spinach


Tonight, we had burgers for dinner. As I was thinking of a recipe I could come up with, I remembered the smell of burgers when my Grandma Pete would cook them. She made a great burger. I remember her cooking them in butter, which gave me the idea for butter burgers. Not only did I cook them in melted butter (just 1-1/2 tablespoons for four burgers), but I added little cubes of cold butter into my meat mixture. I cut 1 tablespoon of butter into tiny cubes and added that to my meat, along with kosher salt, pepper, Santa Maria seasoning and milk. I found the Santa Maria seasoning at the meat counter at the grocery store.


I started by placing my spinach in a skillet with 1/4 cup of water and then drizzled olive oil and kosher salt over the top. I minced three cloves of garlic to sauté with the spinach as well.


While this was cooking over medium heat, I got my meat mixture together for the burgers.

I grilled the burgers on my cooktop on my grill pan. I really love this All-Clad pan. Dennis bought it for me from Williams-Sonoma and I use it all the time. I cooked the burgers over medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side and then turned the temperature down to low. I moved the burgers so they were not on direct heat and continued to cook them for another 4 minutes for medium well. If you want them rare to medium-rare, cook them for 2-3 minutes (4-5 for medium well).


As the burgers were cooking I sautéd onions in olive oil and 1/4 tablespoon of butter until they were soft and translucent.


I toasted my buns on the same grill pan that I grilled my burgers on. I piled my burger with lots of yummy spinach and the onions. I spread a small amount of dijon mustard on the bun.


Here’s a close-up photo of the burger. They were so juicy!


  • 1-1/4 lb. 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I used non-fat)
  • 2 teaspoons Santa Maria seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter (1 diced in cubes to add to meat, 2 for cooking the burgers in)
  • 1/2 onion to grill and top burgers with


1) Place meat in a bowl and add milk, kosher salt, pepper and Santa Maria seasoning. Add cubed butter and mix lightly with a fork.

2) Grill for 2-3 minutes per side on medium-high. Reduce heat to low and move burgers away from the burners (indirect heat) and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes for medium-rare to medium or 4-5 minutes for medium-well.

Ingredients for Spinach

  • 1/2 bag fresh spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • olive oil, a drizzle


1) Put all into a skillet and sauté until wilted.


Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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