Sometimes a very simple idea can be so good. Not just a cheeseburger – a pimento cheeseburger. Why has this not occurred to me before? Probably in part because it’s only within the last year that I was introduced to pimento cheese. Clearly, I’m not a southern girl. In any case, I’m very glad to have come across the idea. The pimento cheese is all the condiment you need for this burger. These were a melty cheesy mess and totally delicious. (And perfectly accompanied by the soda I treat myself to once every three months or so. Mmmm.) Next time I may try these with a tex-mex version of pimento cheese like in the best cheese dip ever. My, oh my. This meal is a splurge for sure, but definitely worth the indulgence on occasion.
On a related note, you know what’s another simple yet fabulous idea? Spontaneous picnics in the yard. We recently invested in a set of patio furniture. Andrew was bursting with excitement for its delivery but unfortunately it was still a few days away. He just couldn’t wait anymore so I told him we could eat dinner that evening as a picnic in our yard. You would have thought he had won the lottery. He thought this was so super cool. Admittedly, it did make an already wonderful dinner even better. I mean, great food and then family cuddles on a blanket in beautiful weather? I don’t know how it gets better than that.
Yield: 4 servings
For the pimento cheese topping:
4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. diced pimentos
1 tbsp. grated onion
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the burgers:
1½ lbs. ground sirloin or ground beef
3 tbsp. yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Burger buns, split and toasted
Heat a grill to medium-high. To make the pimento cheese, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, onion, and Worcestershire in a bowl; mix to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
To make the burgers, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Knead together gently until evenly combined, taking care not to overwork the mixture. Form into four equal patties, indenting slightly in the center. Place the burger patties on the preheated grill and cover. Cook, turning once, until done to your liking. A couple of minutes before the burgers are finished cooking, add 2 tablespoons of the pimento cheese mixture and finish cooking so that the cheese melts on top. Remove from the grill and let rest about 5 minutes.
Serve on toasted burger buns and top with lettuce and tomato. Enjoy!