Garlic Butter Burgers

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Garlic butter burgers are next-level backyard burgers. It’s like garlic bread smashed into a cheeseburger and fell onto a margherita pizza. Perfect flavor combos in a burger like you’ve never had before.

Garlic butter burgers topped with mozzarella, basil, and grilled tomatoes on a wood cutting board.

What are Garlic Butter Burgers?

Toasty garlic butter buns, savory and sweet roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, melty mozzarella, and succulent juicy grass fed ground beef. These burgers are borderline heavenly. These burgers pay homage to the world’s best food, margherita pizza, while still holding true to a burger’s beefy roots. Perfect size for a party, you’ll make these burgers over and over again throughout those warm summer months.

How to Make Garlic Butter Burgers:

These burgers have a couple of steps. but come together really quickly. Having an overview of how the cook is going to go down is super important. This run-down will help you prepare everything beforehand, so when you step in front of the grill you’ll be prepared to stay there start to finish. 

  • Prep your patties. Get your ground beef divided, formed and seasoned.
  • Preheat your grill. We want high, direct heat (around 450 degrees F) so we get a nice crispy crust on our burgers.
  • Butter your buns. You’ll be toasting your buns during the cook, butter them before you head outside.
  • Assemble your toppings. Get the tomatoes in the grill basket and prep your mozzarella slices and basil leaves.
  • Get grilling! It’s go time. Grill your burgers and tomatoes side by side. When they are almost done, top the burgers with cheese and toast the buns.
  • Stack the burgers. Toasty bun, juicy burger, grilled tomatoes, and fresh basil. Perfection!

Overhead view of garlic butter burger topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.

What’s the Best Grill for These Burgers?

Nothing quite compares to a burger cooked over hot charcoal (in my opinion). It gives you such a classic backyard BBQ flavor! However, you can cook these burgers on any grill that will get you high temperatures over direct heat (450 degrees F). Gas, electric, and pellet grills are all good options. If you’re in the market for a new grill or just want more info on grill types, check out my Backyard BBQ Grill Guide

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Garlic Butter Burgers Recipe

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Garlic Butter Burgers

5 from 1 votes
Grilled beef patties topped with melty mozzarella, grill-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil, sandwiched between two garlic butter buns.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings4 people




  • 1 lb 80/20
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 5 Tablespoons garlic butter
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions for larger burgers. Press a small well the middle of each burger to help the meat cook more evenly and not swell up in the middle during grilling. Season on both sides with the garlic salt and black pepper.
  • Preheat your grill to High (around 450-500 degrees F).
  • Slice each roll in half and spread the inside of each with about 1/2 Tablespoon of the garlic butter.
  • Rinse the tomatoes and place them in a vegetable grilling basket. Stir in the remaining Tablespoon of garlic butter.
  • Place the burgers on the grill grates and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the burgers and add the tomatoes in the vegetable basket to the grill grates. Stir the tomatoes frequently and watch the temperature on your burgers.
  • When your burgers reach 10 degrees away from being finished to your target temperature (155 degrees if you're following FDA recommendations), top your burgers with the mozzarella and add the buns to the grill grates to toast.
  • Remove the burgers when they read 165 degrees with an internal thermometer and the cheese is melted. Assemble the burgers by placing a burger patty on the bottom bun, top with some of the burst tomatoes, a couple of fresh basil leaves, and then the top bun. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Calories: 726kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1947mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1478IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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**This post was originally written in May, 2016. It has been updated with new pictures and information, but the recipe remains the same.**



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Shannon Geiger says:

    My brother made these burgers at his house last night, absolutely killer!!! I’m obsessed with these burgers now, I can’t wait to make them at home. I had mine on a pretzel bun, my husband had a brioche bun. Both bun types were perfect, no bad choices here. Thank you for creating this amazing recipe!!!!

  2. Willem Gorter says:

    I just made these this evening for my family – they were a hit! It’s crazy good! Without all the mayo and sauce, you really get a taste of juicy steak, and the grilled tomatoes go so well with the mozzarella… Don’t ever forget the fresh basil leaves, they really add the finishing touch. Heavenly.

  3. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says:

    These look CRAZY delicious – it’s totally acceptable to have this for breakfast, right? 😉

    1. Hey Grill says:

      You know it! Breakfast burgers are a thing!