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A quick and easy Southern-inspired burger, this Pimento Cheese Burger with Bacon takes a juicy 1/4 pound burger, crisp and smokey bacon and homemade Pimento Cheese Spread and turns it into a fun and delicious burger that’s sure to shake things up at your next BBQ! Serve it up with a toasted brioche bun, some fresh tomato slices, and pickled jalapeños or dill pickles for an extra treat!

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Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? It”s the quintessential American sandwich, and the hero of summer BBQs everywhere. For this Pimento Cheese Burger, my easy and delicious Horseradish Pimento Cheese Spread is generously dolloped onto grilled, juicy beef patties, topped with crisp bacon, fresh sliced tomato and pickled jalapeños and nestled on a toasted and buttery brioche bun. Does it get any better? I think not.

Looking for more great sandwich recipes?

Why not try my Marinated Pork Chop Bánh mì Ciabatta Sandwiches,  Slow Cooker Italian Shredded PorkSpicy Muffuletta Oven Panini, or Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joe!

Pimento Cheese Burgers

Making the homemade Pimento Cheese for the Burgers

Making homemade pimento cheese is easy! My quick and easy pimento cheese recipe is super simple to whip up with a few simple ingredients. You can choose to make it by hand in a large mixing bowl, or let your food processor do the work for you. Either way is delicious! The Pimento Cheese is great for burgers, as a dip, or for making my Pimento Cheese and Tomato Galette with Everything Bagel Crust, or One Pan Pimento Cheese Chicken!

pimento cheese spread with horseradish

Making the burgers

You can make these burgers on a grill, on a flat top or in a cast iron skillet.

On the grill

To make the burgers on a grill, heat the grill to medium-high and allow it to get nice and hot. When using my gas grill, I like to let it heat up for about 10 minutes with the lid down so the grates are super hot. This way, you get a great sear.

Once the grill is ready, season the burger patties with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook 4-6 minutes a side, until desired doneness is achieved. Right after you flip the burger, add a dollop of the pimento cheese to the top of the burger. Cook with the lid down to let it get nice and melty.

On a flat top/in cast iron

To cook the burgers on a flat top grill or in a skillet, you want to heat the the flat top or skillet to medium high. Let it warm up for about 5 minutes. Once it’s nice and hot, add a bit of neutral oil, such as avocado oil or canola. Season the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper. Cook 4-6 minutes a side, until desired doneness is achieved. Right after you flip the burger, add a dollop of the pimento cheese to the top of the burger. For the last few minutes of cooking, add a lid or dome basting cover to get the cheese spread nice and melted.

bacon burgers with fixins

Building the perfect burger

Once your burgers are cooked, it’s time to assemble and eat! It all starts with a lightly toasted brioche bun. To toast the bun, you can place it cut side down on the grill for a minute or 2. Do the same in your skillet or on your flat top.

To your toasted buns, layer on 2 strips of crisp cooked bacon, then add the cheesy burger. Finish the burger with a slice of tomato, and pickled jalapeños. Not a fan of heat? sub in some crisp dill pickles for the jalapeños!

side view of cheeseburgers

Substitutions and additions

When you’re throwing a BBQ, you’re bound to host guests that have specific preference, and don’t care for something. While I love this Pimento Cheese Burger with Bacon as-is, here are some other additions/substitutions that could work great!

  • Thinly sliced red onion.
  • A thin layer of mayo.
  • A few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Some fresh garden lettuce.
  • Roasted red peppers.
Pimento Cheese Burgers

Pimento Cheese Burger with Bacon

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Keyword: burger, cheese burger, pimento cheese
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 slices
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns, cut side toasted
  • 1 cup horseradish pimento cheese spread (recipe link below)
  • pickled jalapeño slices, for topping
  • 10 strips cooked bacon

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon, slice the tomatoes
  • Cook the Burgers (form into 4 equal 1/4 lb patties)
  • On the grill:
    1. To make the burgers on a grill, heat the grill to medium-high and allow it to get nice and hot.
    2. When using my gas grill, I like to let it heat up for about 10 minutes with the lid down so the grates are super hot. This way, you get a great sear.
    3. Once the grill is ready, season the burger patties with salt and pepper on both sides.
    4. Cook 4-6 minutes a side, until desired doneness is achieved.
    5. Right after you flip the burger, add 1/4 cup of the pimento cheese to the top of each burger.
    6. Cook with the lid down to let it get nice and melty.
    On a flat top grill, or in a cast iron skillet
    1. To cook the burgers on a flat top grill or in a skillet, you want to heat the the flat top or skillet to medium high. Let it warm up for about 5 minutes.
    2. Once it's nice and hot, add a bit of neutral oil, such as avocado oil or canola.
    3. Season the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper.
    4. Cook 4-6 minutes a side, until desired doneness is achieved. Right after you flip the burgers, add 1/4 cup of the pimento cheese to the top of the burger.
    5. For the last few minutes of cooking, add a lid or dome basting cover to get the cheese spread nice and melted. 
  • Assemble the Burgers
  • Toasting the buns
    1. To toast the bun, you can place it cut side down on the grill for a minute or 2. Do the same in your skillet or on your flat top. This step can be done in the last few minutes of burger cook time, or prior to cooking the burgers.
    2. To your toasted buns, layer on 2 strips of crisp cooked bacon, then add the cheesy burger. Finish the burger with a slice of tomato, and pickled jalapeños.

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