Basil’s II

Hamburgers | Tavern
Worth driving from anywhere!

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
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
These burgers look remarkably similar to the ones served at Kroll's West in Green Bay.
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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