Truffle butter is a fun ingredient to work with, because it lets a home cook get the rich, earthy flavor of truffles into a dish without breaking the bank on buying truffles whole. We’ve been shopping quite a bit at the Fresh Market over on Cantrell, and when I saw that they had both black and white truffle butter, I picked up a container to play around with in the kitchen. I’ve stirred it into sauces with great success, but I’ve been more interested in trying it as a flavor enhancer in other dishes. With stuffed hamburgers being so popular now, I figured why not stuff a generous dollop of the butter into a patty? We were so happy with the result we decided to share the idea with all of you.
- 1 pound lean ground beef. We used 93% lean here since we’re adding fat to the meat, but this would work just fine with a fattier cut, especially if you’re going to put these on the grill.
- 2-3 tablespoons truffle butter. You can find the stuff at most gourmet stores – I’ve seen various brands not only at The Fresh Market but also at Terry’s Finer Foods on Kavanaugh and Diane’s Gourmet Foods on Rodney Parham.
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
Separate your hamburger into four equal pieces and flatten them to the desired thickness. Place 1-1.5 tablespoons of the truffle butter onto two of the flattened patties. Use the other two patties as a cap, and seal the edges of the two patties together. Cook as you would any hamburger – we pan-fried these, but broiling or grilling would be just as good. Serve on a toasted bun with your choice of topping (I recommend lettuce, tomato, and aioli). The burgers are juicy and full of the fragrant taste of the truffle butter, and I’m definitely not done playing around with different things to add to the stuffing (gruyère or fontina cheese come to mind). The butter is an interesting and tasty ingredient to experiment with, so if you all have any suggestions for how you use it, let us know in the comments! Enjoy!