7 Compound Butters to Elevate Your 4th of July

Last Fourth of July I hosted a dinner party and incorporated one small trick into the menu that received rave reviews.  It’s an oldie, but definitely a goodie when it comes to grilling:  compound butter.

Very easy to make with endless possibilities, a compound butter is simply softened, unsalted butter with additional ingredients creamed in.

Last year, I tucked a slice of basil pesto compound butter into the center of a burger patty before grilling.  During the cooking process, the butter slowly melted and subtly infused the meat with rich flavor.  

Not to mention, it produced one of the juiciest burgers (extra napkins, please) I’ve ever tasted.  

Basil Pesto Butter:  6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter + 3-4 teaspoons basil pesto.  Cream together with a fork and scoop into a piece of plastic wrap.  Roll into a log shape and refrigerate until firm. 

{A good rule of thumb ratio is 2 tablespoons butter; 1 teaspoon herb/spice depending upon strength.  Also, don’t forget to add salt and pepper.}

Use other butters to top grilled steaks, pork chops, fish, corn on the cob or anywhere else you’d like a boost of flavor.  I’m especially excited to try the fennel pollen + honey on a grilled bone-in pork chop and the lemon thyme + lavender on lamb.

What’s your best-kept secret for summer grilling?



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I remember that dinner party! My burger was the best ever. I still think about it. Gosh it was so yummy and I remember the butter factor. I think it’s time for another burger made by you! xoxo.

Thanks, Jamyn! Yes, it’s time for another dinner … period.


I agree. Let’s set it up soon and use some of those compound butters. because really- everything is better with butter! Just don’t tell my doc i said that hahahaha!


Such a smart idea and creative way to jazz up a meal. These combinations sound like pure poetry! A must try…

Thanks, Marta. They’re a little unique but pair so beautifully with grilled food. Enjoy your 4th!

Those might be the prettiest compound butters I’ve ever seen. And I love the creative flavor combos.

Hi Elizabeth! I love how it looks around here – beautiful! And I couldn’t agree more about compound butters being a great grilling secret – we love them around here, the possibilities are truly endless.

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