Pimento Cheese Burgers are for those cheese lovers! This style of burger is popular in the South, so if you haven’t tried a burger this way, you are missing out on one flavorful burger.
Pimento Cheese Burgers are a great take on the much-loved cheese burger. Pimento Cheese Burgers are popular in the Carolina’s but that doesn’t mean everyone else can’t enjoy one!
Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread is Best
You could use your favorite Pimento Cheese Spread for this recipe, but I like to make mine fresh because this way I know the cheese I am putting into the cheese spread, and I know exactly how that cheese will melt. Some brands of pimento cheese spreads do not melt as well as others. I also like to add a touch of smoked paprika to the cheese spread. This gives the pimento cheese a nice smokey flavor.
Burgers: to Grill or to make on the stove?
This recipe will work either on the grill or on the stove top. For me, the decision often depends on the weather outside. I am lucky I have a gas grill so I can pop burgers on the grill most of the year. You should prepare these burgers on what works best for you!
What type of ground beef should you use?
Many authorities in burger making suggest that ground chuck which has a ratio of 80% lean meat to fat is the best to make burgers. This ratio has just the right amount of fat to make burger juicy, but not too much to make it greasy.
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Pimento Cheese Burgers (Grilled and Stove Top)
Pimento Cheese Spread
- 4 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon chopped pimentos
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 1/4 pounds ground chuck
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 hamburger buns
- 2 teaspoons butter for buns
Pimento Cheese Spread
- Prepare the pimento cheese by combining the shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, Cayenne pepper, and paprika together in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Set to the side while you make the burger.
- In a medium bowl combine the ground chuck, salt, and pepper. Divide the meat into 4 portions. Shape each portion into a disk about 1 inch thick, press a small dimple into the middle of the pattie. This dimple will help keep your burgers from shrinking when cooking.
- Heat an iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of butter to the pan and toast the buns on the pan. The average skillet will allow you to heat up 2 buns (2 tops and 2 bottoms), at one time. Repeat this process until all buns are toasted.
- Turn the heat up to medium high, place the burger patties onto the skillet. Cook the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes on the first side. The burgers will be ready to flip when you start to see the patty brown on the underside. Flip the patties, and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes on the other side.
Building the burger
- To build the burger, place the burger patties onto the bottom buns, top the burger patty with one or two tablespoons of the pimento cheese, and then top with the top bun.