Dinner Tonight: Pimento Cheese Burger

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger]

Are these even a real thing? I'm a burger traditionalist. To me, the beef is the soul of the sandwich, and I'm just not interested in making the burger a mere base for wild experimentation.

That's why you don't see many (if any) burger recipes here on Dinner Tonight. But seeing as the pimento cheese burger was mentioned on Adam Kuban's AHT Guide to Hamburger and Cheeseburger Styles, I figured this would be a legit creation. Finally, after finding a recipe on Saveur, I decided to give it a shot.

In a weird way, pimento cheese is a little like having all the condiments mixed up and slathered on as one unit. You get your cheddar cheese, raw onion, and mayo all combined into one spread. The Worcestershire sauce is a great touch, adding a nice umami punch. About the only odd thing here are the pimentos, but what's wrong with little chile on a burger? I have to say, I was surprised I liked this so much.

Related: Serious Heat: How to Spice Up a Burger

Dinner Tonight: Pimento Cheese Burger

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About This Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimentos
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, divided into four equal balls
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce and tomato for garnish (optional)
  • Canola oil

Procedures

  1. 1

    Mix together the cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

  2. 2

    Form the four balls into a patties and season each with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add a drizzle of canola oil and then add as many of the patties and can fit comfortably in one layer. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, for medium rare. With 1 minute left add a tablespoon of the pimento cheese spread to each burger. Cover skillet and cook until it melts. Repeat with any remaining patties.

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