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Garlic Herb Compound Butter

This simple Garlic Herb Compound Butter is perfect for a steak, a fresh piece of grilled salmon, or on top of a big baked potato. Simple, delicious, and perfect to keep in the freezer for a rainy day. Make a double batch, and you’ll have compound butter on demand!

Garlic Herb Butter Recipe

Compound butters are something that generally you’ll only see at restaurants, but we’re bringing this to your home kitchen with this easy recipe that features tons of fresh herbs, garlic, and high-quality butter. It only takes a couple of minutes to whip together, then you roll it up into a log and store in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to slice and use on any number of different combinations of foods.

Whether it is on top of one of our Smoked Baked Potatoes, a Grilled Lobster Tail, or a Filet Mignon (or one of our other delicious steaks), you’re going to want to save room for seconds with this one.

Try this on some of our fresh Traeger Rolls!

Garlic Herb Butter shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • salted butter (Irish butter is best!)
  • thyme
  • sage
  • chives
  • rosemary
  • lemon juice
  • garlic
  • black pepper
  • salt

This would be great on our Traeger Tomahawk Ribeye!

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How to make Garlic Herb Butter

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Mix up the butter with all the other ingredients until they are all evenly distributed in a bowl.



Use a rubber scraper and put the butter mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Roll into a log, twist the ends to seal.



The log needs to chill for a few hours to solidify before being sliced, so toss the wrapped roll into the fridge and let it harden.


Slice and Serve

Slice the log into 1/2″ discs. Serve with fresh bread, on top of a hot steak, or with some lobster tails.

Try with our Traeger King Crab Legs!

Garlic Herb Butter FAQ

What kind of butter works best for this?

Personally, I love springing for Kerrygold for this kind of thing. Irish butter is pretty darn delicious.

How do you store leftovers?

Store leftovers that won’t be consumed within a week in the freezer in an airtight ziplock bag.

Can you use dried herbs in place of fresh?

Sure! But it won’t be as good. 😉

Garlic Bread Twists would be fabulous with this butter!

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Yield: 6 servings

Garlic Herb Compound Butter

Garlic Herb Compound Butter

Easy Garlic Herb Compound Butter comes together in a flash and is perfect on seafood, steak, and fresh bread!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced thyme
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced sage
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Add butter to a small bowl and mash well with a fork. Stir in all herbs, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. 
  2. Transfer to a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll the butter into a log, then twist the ends to seal.
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour or chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before using.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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