In London Burder attended the Weigh-house Chapel, and decided to devote himself to the ministry.
He was articled in 1798 to a wholesale firm based in Nottingham and London. He became a student in Hoxton Academy, and then in 1804 entered the University of Glasgow, where he took his Master of Arts Burder resigned as tutor in 1808. He was (31 October 1811) assistant to the Review
Samuel Palmer of Saint Thomas"s Square Congregational Chapel, Hackney, and on Palmer"s death was ordained to his pastorate on 2 March 1814.
From 1810 Burder also filled the chair of philosophy and mathematics at Hoxton College, until it moved to Highbury in 1830. Burder gave an address at the opening of the new Highbury College building, in September 1826.John Stoughton was one of his students, at the end of this period, and commented that Burder was influenced by Dugald Stewart.
Another student of this time was Henry Rogers. In 1844. he was chairman of the Union.
He remained at Hackney till 1852, delivering on 26 December 1852, A Pastor"s Farewell, published 1853.
His congregation presented him with a purse of £1,000, with which a Burder scholarship was founded at New College, London. He is buried at the non-denominational Abney Park Cemetery, in Stoke Newington.