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


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
    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. 


    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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!

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

    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!


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

    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!

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

    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.

    12. holy delish, I would lick this burger!

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

    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?

    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!

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

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

    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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