When the weather gets sweltering hot, the last thing we want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing food. But, we still want to eat well during these three months of heat. That's where compound butters save the day. Compound butters add a ton of flavor to grilled steaks, seafood and veggies. From savory rosemary and garlic varieties to sweet ones with strawberries, the flavor options are limitless. And the best part is, they don't require any cooking. Click through the slideshow below for recipe ideas, and keep cool throughout the summer.

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  • Sweet Lemon Chive Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://blommi.com/sweet-lemon-chive-compound-butter-with-ecce-panis-bake-at-home-bread-eastermeals/" target="_hplink">Sweet Lemon Chive Compound Butter recipe </a>by Mom Foodie</strong> Lemon and chives make for a brightly flavored butter. This works great on grilled veggies and to butter bread too.

  • Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/07/herbed-compound-butters-cilantro-lime-compound-butter.html" target="_hplink">Cilantro-Lime Compound Butter recipe</a> by Good Life Eats</strong> Cilantro and lime makes for just the right flavors to top grilled steaks.

  • Strawberry Vanilla Butter Compound

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://themakergirl.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/strawberry-vanilla-butter-compound/" target="_hplink">Strawberry Vanilla Butter Compound recipe</a> by The Maker Girl</strong> Sweet compound butters, like this strawberry flavor, will jazz up your buttermilk pancakes.

  • Honey Mustard Beer Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://soupaddict.com/2012/03/irish-soda-bread/" target="_hplink">Honey Mustard Beer Butter recipe</a> by Soup Addict</strong> This honey mustard compound butter works great in sandwiches.

  • Rosemary And Garlic

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/2012/02/flavored-butter.html" target="_hplink">Rosemary and Garlic recipe</a> by Sea Salt with Food</strong> Rosemary and garlic make a great topping for grilled potatoes and steak.

  • Basil and Orange Confit Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.burntcarrots.com/recipes/basil-and-orange-confit-compound-butter/" target="_hplink">Basil and Orange Confit Compound Butter recipe</a> by Burnt Carrots</strong> Citrusy orange and fresh basil make a great butter compound combination for fish and seafood.

  • Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sunshineandsmile.com/2012/04/08/flavorful-citrusy-compound-butter/" target="_hplink">Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter recipe</a> by Sunshine and Smile</strong> Saffron, blood oranges and paprika make this compound butter nicely flavorful.

  • Radish And Basil Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://healthylifehappycook.com/2012/cookingtips/radish-basil-compound-butter/" target="_hplink">Radish and Basil Compound Butter recipe </a>by Healthy Life Happy Cook</strong> Most people turn to fresh herbs for compound butters, but using produce such as radishes adds a great flavor as well.

  • Red Scallion-Honey Compound Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.eatboutique.com/2012/05/16/compound-butter/" target="_hplink">Red Scallion-Honey Compound Butter recipe</a> by Shelby Larrson for Eat Boutique</strong> The combination of scallions and honey gives a nice balance of savory and sweet to this compound butter.

  • How to Make Compound Butter

    This instructional video shows you how to make compound butter. Much like a sauce, compound butter adds loads of flavor to chicken, vegetables, fish or grilled meat.