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Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers

These butter burgers are packed with roasted garlic and melted butter and topped with crispy bacon and smoked gouda cheese. It’s ok to drool a little…

Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers | Kita Roberts

Nothing makes my taste buds as excited as a simple burger right off the charcoal grill with fresh toppings and a soft bun. It’s classic easy food that makes your mouth water.

And with this one, we use a beef and bacon combo with roasted garlic to infuse some serious flavor all the way through.

Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers | Kita Roberts

These butter burgers are packed with roasted garlic and melted butter and topped with crispy bacon and smoked gouda cheese. It’s ok to drool a little.

What you need

To make these, we start by oven roasting garlic. Roasting the garlic softens each bulb and pulls out even more flavors. But, its also one of the easiest ways to really double down on garlic flavor. All you need to do is wrap it in foil and pop it in the oven. Yes, roast the whole bulb – right in foil.

From there we add cooked bacon, beef, and butter to make patties and grill them. This is a few more steps then just a regular smash burger, but the buttery garlic layers are so incredibly delicious in each bite, it’s worth it.

Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers | Kita Roberts

What to do with roasted garlic

You can use roasted garlic in a variety of things too. Make compound butter, mince and store in an airtight container to stir into sauces or slather over crispy garlic bread. Level up your chimichurri (aka, herbacious green sauce that can go on pretty much any meat). Add a dash to comforting pasta dishes or layer on the outside of roasts for serious flavor before searing.

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Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers | Kita Roberts

Finally, it’s time to unwind, sit back and savor the weekends memories.

I am all about the burgers here at Pass The Sushi.  These are some of my favorites!

The Conquistador Turkey Burger #burgermonth
Bobby Flay’s Crunchburger
And don’t forget to check out BURGER MONTH where I invite food bloggers from around the world to share their creations. These are EPIC!

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Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers

Roasted Garlic Butter Burgers | Kita Roberts

These are moist tender burgers that pack a ton of flavor. Between the roasted garlic and herbs to the smoky gouda on top, this recipe is one sure to impress the guests with weeknight speed!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the Burgers

  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices smoked gouda cheese
  • 4 soft potato buns


  • lettuce, tomato, onions, and crisp pickles for topping


Roast the Garlic

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay an oven-safe wire rack on top. 
  2. Arrange the bacon over the wire rack.
  3. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil. Place both the bacon and garlic in the oven.
  4. Cook the bacon for about 30 minutes, until done and crispy. 
  5. Remove from oven, reserving 1 tbs bacon fat.
  6. Leave the garlic in the oven for 15 minutes longer to completely soften.
  7. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Preheat the grill

  1. Meanwhile, start a fire at your charcoal grill using your desired method.

Form the patties

  1. When garlic can be handled, squeeze cloves into a bowl. Mix in reserved bacon fat and mash into a paste. 
  2. In the same bowl, add the ground beef, butter, parsley, rosemary, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using your hands, mix to combine well.
  5. Divide the beef mixture into 4 equal patties, pressing an indent into the center of each.

Grill the Burgers

  1. When the grill is hot enough that you can only hold your hands over it for a few seconds, add the patties to the clean grill grate.
  2. Cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Flip and cook 3 to 5 minutes longer, until they read 160 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer. 
  4. Toast the buns and melt the cheese on top of the patties, if desired.

Assemble and Serve

  1. Arrange the grilled patties over the toasted buns and top with bacon, lettuce, a slice of tomato, onion slices, and a fresh pickle.
  2. Serve.


If you want to use a gas grill, these work great as well. Just set the grill to medium-high and make sure to cook the patties to 160 degrees F as recommended by the USDA.

Want even more garlic butter flavor? Make extra compound butter and use to melt over top. Roast another head of garlic and mash it into room temperature unsalted butter. Re-roll the butter, storing in wax paper in the fridge for up to 4 days until ready to use. Place a softened slice over top of hot beef for a delicious melted bonus of flavor.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 881Saturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 934mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 46g


Monday 2nd of November 2020

I couldn't find in the recipe what you do with the garlic paste after making it. Does it blend in with the meat? Do you smear it on the bun?


Friday 20th of November 2020

Hey Theodore, thanks for that heads up! I have updated the recipe to include that step.

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