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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Add the shredded cheeses and pimentos and pulse to combine. Do not over-process.
Transfer pimento cheese to a bowl and stir if needed to combine ingredients thoroughly.
Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
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:
Shape beef into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Sprinkle patties with salt and pepper.
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.
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.
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).
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:
- BLT Burgers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Bourbon BBQ Bacon Burger Sliders by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Bourbon Onion Bacon Dog by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Chicago Style Hot Dog by The Culinary Compass
- Copycat Guberburgers by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Idaho Dogs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Philly Cheesesteak Dog by Palatable Pastime
- Pimento Cheese Burger by Magnolia Days
- Southern Seasoned Beef Burger by April Go Lightly
- The Best Ever Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger by The Chef Next Door
- The SmashBurger by Monica’s Table
- Whiskey Burgers by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Parmesan Burgers by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Chicken Satay Burger with Peanut Sauce by Baking Sense
- Chicken Tikka Burgers by Sunday Supper Movement
- Miso Glazed Chicken Burgers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Worldly Burgers & Dogs:
- Blue Cheese Burger with Fig Jam by Garden Matter
- Caprese Burgers by The Redhead Baker
- Cheddar Stuffed Taco Burger by My Life Cookbook
- Dominican Chimichurri Burgers by The Crumby Cupcake
- Guacamole Cilantro Lime Cheeseburger by Life Tastes Good
- Hot Dog Maki Roll by kimchi MOM
- Meatball Parmesan Burgers by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Portuguese Hamburger by Family Foodie
- Salchipapas (Peruvian Sausages and Potatoes) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Smoky Sliders with Chipotle Mayo by Cooking on the Ranch
- Spicy Shishito Dog by Brunch-n-Bites
Where’s the Beef Burgers:
- Baby Back Rib Burger by The Freshman Cook
- Brown Rice & Lamb Burgers with Spinach by Wholistic Woman
- Fish Taco Burgers by Pies and Plots
- Greek Lamb Burgers with Blistered Tomatoes and Tzatziki Spread by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Miso Tuna Burgers by Caroline’s Cooking
- The Perfect Lentil Burger by Food Lust People Love
Where’s the Bun Burger:
- Gluten Free Dessert Hamburgers by Gluten Free Crumbley
- How to make Salmon Burgers with Mango Salsa by Asian In America
- How to Pan-fry Bratwurst by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- The Ultimate #SundaySupper Hamburger and Hotdog Wine Pairing Guide by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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