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Pimento Cheese Burger for #SundaySupper

Pimento Cheese Burger by Magnolia Days

Yes, that’s right… Pimento Cheese Burger. I had to go there. I just had to. It took a little thinking on it before it came to mind though. Back weeks ago when the hamburgers and hot dogs event theme was announced, I was torn. Which one to do? Both are quite tasty. Hot dog came to mind first.

Hot dogs are not made around here often. Mostly it’s because my husband doesn’t care for them as much as I do. Then on those occasions when I throw some on the grill, toppings wind up being the same. My go-to is a little ketchup and mustard along with a lot of cole slaw and jalapeños. Thankfully my husband likes a slaw dog too.

Pimento Cheese Burger by Magnolia Days

We have different preferences for burgers. He’s more of a purist with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard, mayo, and ketchup. I’m more adventuresome. I’ll do those toppings plus onions (raw or battered and fried), sauces, peppers, various cheeses, or change it up entirely with a Turkish Beef Burger.

This time I could make something for both of us. The only difference is his is sans pimento cheese (he’s not a fan of it). It’s why I chose it to be a topping instead of stuffed inside. A bonus is you can put as much of it on as you want. Obviously there’s a big ‘ole heaping of it for my burger.

Pimento Cheese Burger with bacon and classic toppings inside a butter bun. It's a stack of sublime southern deliciousness.

A note about pimento cheese: Do not buy it from the grocery store. Just don’t. What they sell in those tubs is awful. You want to make it from scratch, all the way, including shredding the cheeses. Cellulose in pre-shredded will give it the wrong texture.

Pimento Cheese Burger is sublime southern goodness. Beef, bacon, and the most awesome cheese spread ever makes a decadent trio. At least there is a little healthy in the stack with lettuce, tomato, and onion. All that between butter buns. I repeat. Butter buns. Look for them in the bread aisle.

Pimento Cheese Burger with bacon and classic toppings inside a butter bun. It's a stack of sublime southern deliciousness.

How often do you cook hamburgers or hot dogs? Your frequency may go up once you give my Pimento Cheese Burger a try. Plus there are lots more burger and hot dog recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers. Scroll way down to see the list. Take a look at my Volcano Buffalo Burger too. Thanks to Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting Sunday Supper this week.

Another note on pimento cheese: The recipe makes a good size batch. You’ll have a lot left over. Use it to make a Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich or Pimento Cheese Stuffed Peppers. Or simply enjoy it with crackers or celery.

Pimento Cheese Burger

Pimento Cheese Burger with bacon and classic toppings inside a butter bun. It's a stack of sublime southern deliciousness.
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


For the pimento cheese:

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 to 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese see note
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 jar chopped pimentos 4 ounces, drained

For the burgers:

  • 20 ounces ground beef round or chuck
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups leaf or romaine lettuce
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 4 slices sweet onion
  • 4 slices cooked thick sliced bacon
  • 4 hamburger buns butter buns recommended, toasted


For the pimento cheese:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade, process cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic powder, Tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  2. Add the shredded cheeses and pimentos and pulse to combine. Do not over-process.
  3. Transfer pimento cheese to a bowl and stir if needed to combine ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. You will have extra pimento cheese leftover. Keep it chilled and use it to make sandwiches, serve it with crackers or celery, or stuff in mini bell peppers or other peppers.

For the burgers:

  1. Shape beef into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Sprinkle patties with salt and pepper.
  2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 13 - 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 13 - 14 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.
  3. Place lettuce, tomato, onion, and burger on bottom half of bun, top with bacon and 2 tablespoons pimento cheese. Close sandwich with top of bun.

Recipe Notes

Do not use pre-shredded cheese for any of the shredded cheeses.

Time stated does not include time for chilling pimento cheese (minimum 1 hour).

Pimento Cheese Burger with bacon and classic toppings inside a butter bun. It's a stack of sublime southern deliciousness.

How about more summertime feasting inspiration? Oh yea! Take a look at these hamburger and hot dog recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:

All American Burgers & Dogs:

Cluck Burgers:

Worldly Burgers & Dogs:

Where’s the Beef Burgers:

Where’s the Bun Burger:

Dessert Burger:

How to:

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Recipe Rating


Monday 25th of July 2016

I'd never heard of pimento cheese until a few years ago when I was introduced to it by a friend from the south. I can't wait to try it on a burger. Looks so good.

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Monday 25th of July 2016

Wow layers of burger goodness! Thanks for the pimento cheese recipe and tips!


Monday 25th of July 2016

Gimme allllll the burgers! I love pimento and I love burgers and, well, everything about this. Absolute perfection!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

Monday 25th of July 2016

I've never had pimento cheese! Gasp! It looks fantastic on those burgers though. Heck, you could put it on a dog, too.

Renee @ReneesKitchenAdventures

Sunday 24th of July 2016

I've only ever had pimento cheese from the grocery store. I think I need to follow your recipe for homemade and make these burgers!