Meat Dishes/ Southern Inspired Recipes

The Palmetto Cheese Burger

South Carolina burgers are known for their famous pimento cheese and BBQ flavors. What better way to give this classic cheese burger a Southern twist!
Juicy burgers are grilled for a few minutes, then topped with pimento cheese and served on a French hamburger roll with crispy lettuce, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes and a special sauce. YUMMY! 

The other night my family wanted cheese hamburgers for dinner, and I decided to try them with the famous pimento cheese spread that everyone has been talking about.

The pimiento cheese spread is a famous Palmetto cheese spread they make here in South Carolina.  It has a spicy flavor to it, and it’s mostly used as a dip and served with crackers.  Pimento, sometimes spelled as pimiento cheese can be found at most supermarkets here in the low country.  A container costs about $5.00 for a 12 ounces.

Burgers are so simple, they help me get dinner to the table in no time. Simply slice all the veggies in advance and transfer them to a serving platter.  Spread 1 teaspoon of Thousand Island dressing onto the rolls, and set them aside.

The delicious sauce used with this cheese burger is simply Thousand Island dressing.  Who knew, right?  The melted pimento cheese spread combined with the Thousand Island dressing is what makes these cheeseburgers so sensational!  Therefore, was no need to bring out the ketchup – for sure.

Grill burgers until they are fully cooked, then top each one with a dollop of pimento cheese. When the pimento cheese has melted, remove from grill and place each burger onto a bun. Then allow everyone to add their own toppings. It’s so much fun.

Try pimento cheese spread on turkey burgers and veggie-burgers too. 
You’ll love them!

Here’s a burger tip: Take each package of ground round chop meat, open it and flip it onto a plate. Take a knife and cut the meat into 4 equal parts. Then take each one and shape into a patty. This will give you 4 equal measurements when making hamburger patties.

The Palmetto Cheese Burger

  • 2 packages (about 3 pounds) ground beef, or turkey, or chicken
  • 1 medium tomato – sliced into 8 slices
  • 1 medium onion or red onion- sliced into 8 slices
  • 1 bottle Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 heart of Romaine lettuce, rinsed, separate 8 leaves
  • 12 ounce Pimento cheese spread
  • 8 Bakery French hamburger rolls -buns sliced open

Remove plastic wrapping from package of meat.  Flip over the package onto a plate.

Cut ground meat into 4 equal parts.  Then begin to shape each one into patties.
Each package yields 4 burger patties.  Repeat with the second package.

Preheat grill.
Prepare the buns by spreading 1 teaspoon of Thousand Island dressing on each side on the buns.  Set aside.

Place meat patties onto heated grill, and cook patties for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until burger are fully cooked.  Remove and transfer to a platter.  Immediately, top each patty with 1 or 2 tablespoons pimento cheese spread.

Assemble each burger in this order:  bottom half of bun with meat patty, then tomato, onion, lettuce on top.  Then top with half of bun.  Serve.

Makes 8 burgers

 Recipe adapted from: Aprons simple meals

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  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    July 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    They look delicious! Every now and then you've just got to have a hamburger – especially during grilling season. The pimento cheese and Thousand Island dressing sound delicious and the buns look wonderful too.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Being a southern girl myself – I know what you're saying about pimento cheese. My mom used to make the best homemade and my dad loved it. Never tried it melted on a burger but that needs to change! Sorry I missed this post – glad to find it now. Yum!!!

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    July 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    What a burger! I must try that cheese mix on my next veggie burger!

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    Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen
    July 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Your burgers look fantastic. Pimento cheese:? Count this southern gal in!

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    October 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I couldn't finish reading because your grammar is terrible. 🙁

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      October 2, 2014 at 4:21 am

      Thanks ! This is what usually happens when we try to work on our blogs after midnight and when our brains are fried!! – we get a crappy tutorial. I will edit it – so thanks again!

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