Basil’s II

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The menu at Basil’s II in Denmark, Wisconsin, does not refer to hamburgers as butter burgers. This is Wisconsin; here in the Dairy State, butter is assumed. The butter burgers served here are the most buttery this side of Solly’s Grille in Milwaukee.

For the best meat-to-bun(-to butter) ratio, a double cheeseburger is the way to go. Patties made from fresh ground beef are charcoal grilled for maximum flavor. Set into a toasted bun, they are smartly dressed with onion, pickle, ketchup and, of course, a cascade of melty butter. Despite the softness of the bun, it never descends into a butterlogged mess, which is much appreciated.

Side-wise, the obvious choice is fried cheese curds. They have a light, thin coat and are downright squeaky: some of the best around.

A sign on the front door instructs patrons to order at the bar, where you are assigned a table, thus making you easy to find. When business picks up, waitresses do take orders at the tables.

A big thanks to expert Wisconsin tipster MilwaukeeFoodLover for pointing the way to Basil’s II.

What to Eat
Basil’s II, Cheese Curds
Cheese Curds
Must-Try
We read great things about the potato wedges served here, but when I'm in Wisconsin, cheese curds are the preferred side.
Basil’s II, Butter Burger
Butter Burger
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These burgers look remarkably similar to the ones served at Kroll's West in Green Bay.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 150 MILES | 2 hr 52 min

Sheboygan to Fish Creek

The drive north from Milwaukee is a grand taste of Wisconsin. First stop: Sheboygan, renowned for its butchers' brats (rhymes with hots, short for bratwurst), cooked over charcoal at the Charcoal Inn. In Manitowoc, Beerntsen's Confectionery cooks candy in vintage copper kettles and hand-dips toffee, turtles, and chocolate-coated sugar…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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