The south is calling my hunger cravings in a big way – and I am thinking it’s the perfect time to get outside and grill a juicy burger and slather it with zesty pimento cheese.

Easy pimento cheese recipe on top of a pork burger.

This post was sponsored by Tony Chachere’s® . All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nothing gets me as excited to grill outside as feeding friends something that I know is going to rock their world. Often, company is so wowed by the eats coming off the grill, that they don’t believe just how easy it can be to create something as delicious right at home.

This is one of my favorite recipes for that. Pimento Cheeseburgers.

It sounds simple. Pimento cheese and a juicy burger.
And guess what, it is.

Pimento Cheese Burgers Recipe

What makes these burgers delicious?

I use ground pork for this burger. It stays juicy and picks up on the flavors going on with the pimento cheese. I love using pork for this, but beef would work well too. Pork is often on sale for a rather good value and I find that ground pork is a fun substitute in my kitchen for a lot of recipes. Want to mix it up even more? Try a 50/50% blend of pork and beef. Follow my tips for making your own custom patties too.

Just make sure that with all ground meats, you are cooking to a safe temperature, in this case 160. Use a reliable digital thermometer like this Thermapen that I love to ensure your burgers are safe. (Don’t get me wrong, I am a rare steak girl, but when serving ground meat to friends, I follow all the food safety rules).

To add some bonus flavor, I use Tony Chachere’s Burger Marinade in the mix and to baste while grilling.

Now, on to the cheese!

Easy cheese burger recipe with pimento cheese on pork patties

What is Pimento Cheese?

Pimento cheese is an affordable blend of cheese and pimentos that has settled its roots in the American South even though its origin was a bit more widespread than that.

In the South, pimento cheese is a staple for most families. It is an established finger food of the Masters in Augusta and is a topping on hot dogs, hamburgers, and a great standalone on bread as a quick sandwich. You can slather it on celery or crackers for a fun snack too.

Pimento Cheese Burgers spiced with Tony Chachere's BOLD blend!

How to make Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is one of the most uncomplicated spreads to make. It’s simply a mix of cheese, mayo and pimentos. From there though, it’s up to your own taste buds.

Cream cheese is a regional addition and I researched recipes that also used Velveeta, jalapeños, garlic, pickles, and cayenne.

For this one, we infuse that zest with the addition of Tony Chachere’s BOLD – their spiciest yet!

Another fun thing about pimento cheese is it can simply be stirred together, or you can really jazz it up by pulsing it in a food processor to combine and create a far smoother paste. It all comes down to personal preference. But one thing I know to be absolutely true about pimento cheese, is that they aren’t all the same. When someone offers you their version of pimento cheese, be sure to try it. It won’t be like any other you’ve had.

Homemade pimento cheese atop a grilled pork patty recipe is a fun and simple burger every single time!

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Yield: 8 Burgers

Zesty Pimento Cheese Burger

Homemade pimento cheese atop a grilled pork patty recipe is a fun and simple burger every single time!

This juicy pork patty is perfect topped with a spicy pimento cheese blend atop buttery buns with just the classic burger toppings. It proves that you don’t always have to go over the top to create a crazy good burger loaded with flavor. We love how quick and easy this one is to make - and how it ALWAYS gets rave reviews!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the Pimento Cheese

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Pimentos, minced
  • 2 oz relish
  • ⅓ cup Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Tony Chachere’s BOLD Seasoning

For the Burger

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ cup Tony Chachere’s Burger Marinade, divided
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced thin
  • Crisp lettuce, torn and rinsed

Instructions

Make the Pimento Cheese

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add the cheddar and mix until combined.
  3. Add in the pimentos, relish, mayo, and Tony Chachere’s BOLD Seasoning  and beat until completely smooth.
  4. If making ahead, store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. Allow to sit out for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Make the Burgers

  1. For the burgers, preheat your grill for indirect heat.
  2. Mix the ground pork with ¼ cup of the Tony Chachere’s Burger Marinade. If you really want to level things up, add a teaspoon of Tony Chachere’s BOLD Seasoning to the mix.
  3. Form into 8 2-oz patties.
  4. Grill the patties until they are cooked through, basting with the remaining ¼ cup Tony’s Burger Marinade 3 to 4 times while cooking, and the pork temps at 160 degrees.
  5. Remove from heat and immediately top each patty with a slathering of pimento cheese.
  6. Arrange lettuce, tomato, and onion on the burger buns and top with a double pimento cheese patty.
  7. Place the remaining bun halves on top and serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1652mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

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Comments

  1. This burger looks totally amazing! I’ve never made my own pimento cheese but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to now so I can try this burger.
    I love your recipes Kita 🙂

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