Our Favorite Cheesiest Pimento Cheese Burgers.
So, important question.
What do you think is the BEST burger you’ve ever eaten? What were the toppings? The sauces? Maybe even… the sides? (Yes I know I’m getting sidetracked from burger life there.)
Okay okay. It’s no secret that I love insane burgers with more toppings than should be legally allowed (currently obsessed with: onion straws), but I think I can say that the BEST was the burger at The Spotted Pig that Eddie and I split (only because we ordered like 4 things to try) and devoured. It was pretty simple with lots of blue cheese.
That, or, um… maybe my first Shake Shack burger. Like the VERY first one.
Don’t hate me.
Am I losing you?
Maybe it was the cheese fries. (Definitely.)
I guess my rambly point is that sometimes I actually do just want a simple burger. And I hated veggies so much when I was growing up that up until I was, oh say… 28(!!!!!), I was ordering every burger without lettuce, tomato and onion. Just PLAIN.
I’m kinda over that now. AKA, sort of a grown up. But barely.
I know that I keep telling you how we’ve been grilling a ton this year – much more than we have in the past – firing up the grill probably 5ish times a week. Eddie has made some killer burgers and while he does the grill, I will occasionally sauté some mushrooms or caramelize onions in bacon grease (no, I did not order a heart attack, why do you ask?) to throw on top.
But then one day, we didn’t really have any cheese.
Well – that is a big, fat, gigantic lie because my cheese drawer is what sins are made of. It consists of an embarrassing amount of every kind of cheese. But you know how you need to have the RIGHT cheese to melt on a burger? Like I don’t want to try and slice this parmagiano-reggiano and then attempt to melt it, where the heck did my fontina go?
That kind of day of having no cheese. That’s what I meant.
But we had pimento cheese! I knew this was a thing. Pimento on a burger? At least I think I knew. Maybe I saw it on a menu somewhere? I had never tasted one though.
I’ve turned Eddie into a pimento cheese monster. Remember before when he was all “I will never eat pimento cheese, I hate olives!” and I had to kindly tell him that no olives made an appearance?
Well. Since then. He has been hoooooked. Very often on the weekends I will look up and see him practically standing inside of the fridge dipping pretzels into a container homemade pimento cheese. It’s comical. Because I was right. I knew he’d love it!
But aren’t I always right? Yes. Of course!
Do you think he loves living with me?
Let me just say that his day was MADE when I turned these into double cheeseburgers. His eyes actually lit up. I’m thinking I need to make these when he finds out that I’ve been shopping from my freaking iPhone in bed when Max wakes up at night.
Hey 2015, you’re the worst.
So what are you guys doing this weekend?!
I can’t even WAIT for our 4th of July party this weekend. Summer, sun (hopefully), watermelon beer (maybe, does that make me a faux beer drinker?), hot dogs (I want like three of them), fireworks, swimming and Max in the most adorable baby swim shorts looking like a loveable chunk o’ nugget.
Why am I now this person? Please tell me.
Pimento Cheese Burgers
- 1 pound 85% lean ground chuck
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons diced pimentos
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup pimento cheese I used yellow cheddar this time
- 4 multigrain or brioche buns, butter and grilled
- ketchup for serving
- green leaf lettuce for serving
- sliced red onion for serving
- In a bowl, combine the beef with the salt, pepper, garlic, cheese and pimentos. Gently mix with your hands a few times until the ingredients are evenly spread throughout the beef. Form 4 equal sized patties from the beef. I like thinner burgers and pressed mine fairly thin until they were the size of my bun. Your size may differ a little bit!
- Obviously you can grill these burgers, but I also love to cook mine in a buttery skillet. I heat the skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter (sometimes with a drop of vegetable oil so it doesn’t burn), then place the patties in the skillet. Cook until your desired temperature/doneness is reached – we like ours medium well. About 1 to 2 minutes before the burger is finished, spread about 2 tablespoons of pimento cheese on top and cover the skillet with a lid. Let the cheese melt until the point when it’s about to drip down the burger.
- Serve immediately with grilled buns, ketchup, lettuce and red onion. I like to skip the tomatoes for this version, but it’s up to you!
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39 Comments on “Our Favorite Cheesiest Pimento Cheese Burgers.”
Are you kidding me, loose me on this burger? This bad boy is rocking my world right now. Might be tempted to grill, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure skillet burgers are delicious but grilling makes me feel more manly. Besides, my mother in law always cooks her burgers in a skillet, and if I do that I’ll have to admit she’s right about something. Then I might even have to apologize. blah.
I looove me a good burger! Add some pimento cheese on top and I may just love it even more…
I need this burger in my life!!
Best Burger -> Caramelized onions + blue cheese HUNKS. No dressing, the actual hunks. Gotta have the moldy strands visible.
A happy, happy place! I cannot wait for our little 4th of July parade. Its my favorite part of the celebrations.
Totally looking forward to the 4th too! My husband also shied away from pimento cheese for the same reason. Dummy, if only he would just trust me I wouldn’t have to sneak it into his fave foods! We are grilling burgers tonight so I gotta rustle up some pimento, my cheese drawer is shamefully lacking.
Fun fact! The pimento cheeseburger was created in my hometown of Columbia, SC! Food historian Robert Moss has more information that you may ever want to know about them here: http://gardenandgun.com/blog/proper-pimento-burger
The burgers look absolutely amazing! I just love pimento cheese on a juicy burger. When I was a tiny tot I didn’t like pimento cheese because my brother didn’t so I decided I didn’t either even though I had never actually eaten it. It would’t be the last time he took me down the wrong path. Then, the first time I did try it, it was that horrible processed stuff you got at the store which is SO GROSS. Finally, on one of our trips to Edisto Island, SC, I finally tried a fresh, homemade version at a local market stand and was in love. Now my Dad makes my favorite but i can make a pretty good one too. Thanks for sharing! Who knew pimento cheese could send me down memory lane.
The best burger I have ever had was at Au Cheval in Chicago. Top notch but this looks like it is giving it a serious run for its money! Amazing!
My husband does that too! He kind of acts a smidge annoyed when I make him try new things but he always loves it! Why don’t they just listen to us from the start?! Love love love these burgers!
This looks delicious. Would you do a summer favorites with swimsuits?? I’m going on a trip and I love your style!
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and YES they sometimes have a PIMENTO cheese one! :-)
I’ve probably made every single burger you’ve posted and LOVED every one of them. Definitely trying this one out!
I love both Shake Shack and The Spotted Pig. This burger looks so amazing! I think my favorite burger recipe of yours is the Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burger :)
Gorgeous pictures, Jess! I’ll have to try these with turkey meat. :)
I have two favorites— one with caramelized purple onions and a blueberry barbecue sauce and the other with a teriyaki glaze and a grilled ring of pineapple with melted cheddarand mayo and lettuce. I could go for both of those right now!!
Jess! If you and Eddie love pimento cheese, you should google a recipe I found in one of my Food & Wine cookbooks – it was originally written by Down Home with the Neelys, I think. Pimento Cheese and Bacon Crostinis. I brought them to Christmas last year as an app and they got demolishhhhedd!
I live in Ontario the best burger I’ve ever had lives in Southern Georgia. It’s a travesty. Thick burger, pretzel bun, bacon, blue cheese, caramelized onion.
Though, if you’d like heart attack, there’s a restaurant on the river here that serves up its ginormous patties with a good 4″ of griddled melty, slightly hardened, crispy cheese hanging off all sides of the burger. It’s magical. I don’t eat for the rest of the day and am slightly nervous about the heart palpitations, but #worthit.
This looks amazing! Can you believe I have never tried pimento cheese, on a burger or anywhere else? Now I’m going to have to.
I recently made lamb burgers stuffed with manchego cheese and cherry jam, and they were SO good, so those are my current favorite. I always thought I didn’t like lamb, but turns out with the right accompaniments I love it :).
I honestly think the best burger I’ve ever had was the Canyon Creek burger at Ted’s Montana Grill; which is why I HAD to recreate it!
Great beef cooked perfectly to start but then the stuff that is piled on take it over the top. Cheddar cheese. Bacon. Fried egg. Jalapeno. And THE thing? Blackberry preserves. OMG so good.
For homemade, I like turkey burgers with lots of thyme mixed into the meat. They’re delicate and have to be cooked in a skillet, so they always get that super hot sear on them. Mmm. At a restaurant, I really like the ones at Red Rock Brewery, which are thin-ish patties with very thin slices of red onion and a loose, saucy aioli, served in a pita. Mmm, again.
Also, sorry to be a twit, but what do pimentos actually taste like? I’ve never eaten pimento cheese before as it doesn’t seem to be a thing where I live.
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Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah, I could totally go for one of these right about now. And I just ate some leftover pepperoni pizza. THAT GOOD LOOKING.
the best burger I’ve ever had (and I’ve had it probably 10 times) is from Au Cheval in Chicago. The “single” is 2 thin patties with the best cheese, and you have to get thick cut bacon and a fried egg on top. It is utterly divine. Next time you’re in Chicago please go here!
I used to hate pimento cheese too – but then had it as amazing spread w fresh bread at a restaurant in Beaufort, SC and I was forever changed. Looks delish!
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Okay YUM. My husband and I demolished these burgers! We added bacon (bc you know, healthy) and both agreed that these were our favorite homemade burgers. We wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks for the best recipe!!!!
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I love Cheese, and I love burgers. This looks and feels like the perfect thing to have as a nice dinner.
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