Friday, June 21, 2013

Spicy Pimento Cheese Burger

Today is the first day of summer!  I think summer should always start on a Friday.  Don't you? 

To kick off the season, I wanted to grill burgers.  Pimento cheese burgers have been quite popular for the past few years and I have made them a few times.  Tonight I added a fire roasted jalapeno for a spicier version. 


Instead of one big 6 oz patty,  these burgers use a stack of thin burger patties with layers of bacon and spicy pimento cheese. 



Spicy Pimento Cheese Burger

by www.nibblemethis.com

Ingredients (3 burgers)
    For the pimento cheese
    • 4 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
    • 4 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded
    • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, diced
    • 1 fire roasted jalapeno, peeled, seeded, and diced
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 Tbsp diced green onion
    • 1/4 tsp BBQ rub
    • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/8 tsp white pepper
    For the burgers
    • 1.2 lbs ground beef
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1/8 tsp dried onion
    • 1/8 tsp dried minced garlic
    • 3 burger buns
    • 6 strips of bacon, cooked
    • lettuce
    Instructions
    1. Make the spicy pimento cheese: Mix all of the ingredients together, making sure it is well combined. Keep refrigerated.
    2. Preheat a charcoal grill to 450f.
    3. Mix the beef with the salt, pepper, garlic, and onion. Divide into 6 even balls (3 oz each) and form into thin patties.
    4. Grill the burgers until done, about 3 minutes per side.
    5. Toast buns.
    6. Top each bottom bun with lettuce, a burger, 2 slices bacon, another burger, and the spicy pimento cheese.
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    For more about how to fire roast chiles, here is my Grilling 101:  Fire Roasted Chiles.


    I like my pimento with texture.  If you like extra creamy, add cream cheese.

    This is the set up I like to use for my chimney starter.  A steam pan, an old grill rack, and the chimney.  It all stores in the steam pan when done. 

    Antibiotic free, hormone free.

    I added a few Kingsford Hickory Smokehouse briquets for extra flavor.  They are compressed wood that you toss on already lit coals for a burst of hickory or mesquite while grilling.

    There is just something "right" about grilling burgers on a late summer afternoon.


    I've always just done a very basic pimento cheese but the addition of the roasted jalapeno gave these burgers a zip.   This recipe makes more pimento than you will probably need.   I am going to use mine to stuff a few bacon wrapped jalapenos on the smoker. 

    19 comments:

    1. I love me a good pimento cheese burger. It's never occurred to me to make my own cheese. But when I make ABTs stuffing, I'm pretty much doing the same thing. Cool! I bet those were fantastic burgers.

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    2. I'm going to have to make Larry's homemade pimento cheese just to try these burgers. And you know me .... love the addition of that jalapeno.

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    3. Homemade pimento cheese is great especially with the jalapeno. Hand pattied burgers for good beef are great. Bacon is great. Put them all together and you get awesome - This baby looks delicious.

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    4. Oh my this looks like the right way to celebrate summer!! perfection!
      Mary x

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    5. Thank you for reminding me that my summer is almost half over (back to school August 1st!) and I haven't made pimento cheese once!

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    6. There is nothing like a great burger to start the summer. But that cheese just looks wonderful. I must step up my game.

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    7. Oh Chris, the pimento cheese on the burger is divine. Until about two years ago, i rarely ate pimento cheese and then I made it for a party, and I have been in love. It would be perfect for a good grilled burger. Delicious!

      Velva

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    8. Homemade pimento is the bomb! And throw it on a good burger with some bacon...well, that's pretty much heaven!!

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    9. Aaaah pimento cheese...there is nothing better on a cracker at 3:00 in the afternoon...but on a burger? Be still my heart!

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    10. I've never had pimento cheese before. These burgers look full of flavor and delicious!

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    11. Pimento cheese is not very common on the West Coast. That is a shame. I only made it for the first time last year. Yummy! Once again you are an inspiration to make some Spicy Pimento Cheese burgers.

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    12. holy delish, I would lick this burger!

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    13. Given that this burger is pretty much a party on a plate...I'd say you celebrated perfectly! Friday or otherwise.

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    14. I love pimento but never had it on a burger, where have I been?? This looks awesome! Question- How can I get my burgers to remain flat on the grill and not shrink and get puffy?
      Thanks..

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    15. You've got me craving one of those now. Been too long since I've made one, but next time I will try your pimento cheese. Looks fantabulous!

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    16. That burger looks delicious,Chris!I would love to try pimento cheese!

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    17. Man, that looks killer, Chris! Nice work!

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    18. I love your cheese burger. They look so yummy! I'll try to make it for my family some time. Thanks for the recipe, Chris!

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