Burger Chefs Will Serve Milwaukee’s Famous ‘Butter Burger’ for One Night in NYC

Comes served in its own reflecting pool ... of butter.
Comes served in its own reflecting pool ... of butter. Photo: Courtesy of George Motz

Since 1936, the venerable Solly’s Grille in Milwaukee has been the prized purveyor of the butter burger, which is one-third-pound sirloin patty topped with what seems like a more or less equal amount of sweet and creamy Wisconsin butter. The burger is sliced and pretty much oozes a river of fat onto the plate by the time it hits the table. It’s a treasured regional specialty that no one in their right mind tries serving anywhere else, but next month, patty-melt expert and Travel Channel host George Motz will do just that.

In honor of the ten-year anniversary of Hamburger America, Motz has wrangled two burger-maker veterans — Andrew Zurica, of Brooklyn’s now-shuttered Luncheonette, and Black Shack’s Jeffrey Maslanka — to re-create what will hopefully be a reasonable facsimile of the butter burger and other classics featured in the film, like the Wheel Inn’s peanut-butter burger and Bobcat Bite’s green-chile cheeseburger. This, and a lot more events, are part of Burger Week, which begins May 1.

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