Pimento Cheese Burger

June 2, 2014
Dinner, Lunch, Beef, Sandwiches, Burgers

Serves: 4

Pimento Cheese
1/3 cup prepared mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
¼ pound extra sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
¼ pound extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1/3 cup drained and finely diced piquillo peppers or roasted red peppers

Using a fork, stir together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper and cayenne in a large bowl. Add the cheese and peppers and mix with the fork until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using to allow the flavors to meld.

Burgers
1½ lbs freshly ground chuck (80/20)
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 hamburger buns, with or without sesame seeds, split
8 thick slices double smoked bacon, cooked until crisp, optional

1. Form the meat into four burgers. Season the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Add the oil to the griddle and heat over high heat until shimmering. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked to medium doneness.

3. During the last 30 seconds of cooking, top each burger with a few spoonfuls of the pimento cheese, cover with a basting cover or loosely tent with foil and cook until the cheese melts slightly.

4. Place the burger on the bottom half of the bun, top the cheese with 2 slices of bacon on top of the cheese and top with the bun top.