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About Culver's

Greetings from Sauk City, Wisconsin

Our Mission

We genuinely care, so every guest who chooses Culver's leaves happy

Whether we’re cooking the perfect ButterBurger® to order or scooping up our freshest batch of the Flavor of the Day, we work hard to ensure you will always leave happy.

It all goes back to our small-town Wisconsin roots. We know you have a lot to do and many options to choose from, so we appreciate when you take the time to visit Culver’s. If we can do our part to make your day better – with a wholesome, delicious meal or a heartfelt smile – we’ve done our job.


Handcrafted Freshness

As Craig Culver always says, "We never compromise on quality." It’s a promise that begins with sourcing the best ingredients and continues through to the way we prepare your meal: fresh, just for you. 

It’s why we always use fresh, never frozen beef and whole, white meat chicken from America's family farms. It’s why we only use family farm-fresh dairy for our Frozen Custard. And it’s why every single Cheese Curd we’ve served has come from a Wisconsin dairy farm. We care about where your food comes from because we know you do too. 

We also know quality is something you can taste. So every ButterBurger is cooked to order and topped with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. And our Fresh Frozen Custard is made in small batches right in the restaurant all day, every day. It’s not the easiest way to do it, but we believe it’s the right way.  


Hometown Hospitality

Hospitality has always been near and dear to our hearts. So, dining in or on the go, we make a point of treating you the way we’d want to be treated. From holding a door to asking about your meal, it’s our pleasure to serve you – and we do it with a smile. 

Our dedication to hospitality goes back to Craig’s mother, Ruth Culver, who had a special way about her that made every guest who visited Culver’s feel welcomed like a guest in her home. Carrying on her legacy continues to be our truest measure of success, whether in our first restaurant in Sauk City or one of the 740-plus Culver’s locations across the United States. 

The Heart of Culver's

Thanks for the Love

While happy guests are how we know we’re doing it right, here are a few additional honors that make us proud. We hope we continue to meet your expectations of fresh, quality meals with a heartfelt "Welcome to Delicious."


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Culver's ranked #2 in sales growth in 2020 among the 10 largest burger chains in the U.S., according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

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Insider's senior reporter Frank Olito rated Culver's ButterBurger the best burger he's ever had.

Read the Insider Review

Culver's Wins 4 Best Burger, Best Coffee, Best Sauce, and Best Regional Chain at the Fasties

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Culver's won four categories at the 2020 Thrillist's Fasties awards:

  • Best Burger: ButterBurger Cheese
  • Best Coffee
  • Best Sauce: Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Sauce
  • Regional Chain of the Year

Read about the Thrillist Fasties Awards



Culver's has moved from #6 to #5 in the 2021 release of Entrepeneur's 2021 Franchise 500® ranking.

See the Franchise 500 rankings


Favorite Frozen Dessert

Culver’s Frozen Custard won the top honors of 2019 in a Quick Service Restaurant Study by Market Force.

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Millennials’ Favorite Chains

Culver's ranked 4th overall in the quick service category among millennials, according to Restaurant Business.

Read Restaurant Business Special Report About Millennials’ Favorite Chains

Photo Courtesy of @kccheeses


Best Franchise Investment

Culver’s was listed as the 3rd best high-investment franchise based on criteria evaluated by Forbes.

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