The Palmetto Cheese Burger. South Carolina burgers are known for their famous pimento cheese and BBQ flavors. What better way to give this classic cheeseburger 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 an additional secret sauce. SO YUMMY!
The other night my family wanted cheese hamburgers for dinner, and I decided to try them with popular Southern 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 is made with a few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos, blended together into a smooth or chunky paste. And, it’s mostly served as a dip with crackers, or spread into white bread to make little tea sandwiches.
Pimento, sometimes spelled as pimiento cheese, can be found at most supermarkets here in the low country. A container costs about $5.00 for 12-ounces.
Or you can make your own homemade pimento cheese. We have a recipe for it HERE.
Making burgers and grilling them is so simple, and they help me get dinner to the table in no time. So I picked up a tub of this famous pimento cheese spread to add to our burgers the other night.
Easy Steps for Making the Palmetto Cheese Burger:
First, prepare all the toppings.
Simply slice onions and tomatoes in advance and transfer them to a serving platter. Add some fresh crisp lettuce too. Then spread 1 teaspoon or more of Thousand Island dressing onto the hamburger rolls, and set them aside.
The secret to this amazing flavor on this cheeseburger is the additional creamy sauce, and it’s our favorite 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, no need to bring out the ketchup – for sure.
Once these Palmetto cheeseburgers are grilled to perfection, top each one with a dollop of pimento cheese. Remove and serve. Then allow everyone to add their own toppings. This makes burger night so much more fun!
These Palmetto cheeseburgers turned out fantastic!! Everyone LOVED them!
Try adding pimento cheese spread on turkey burgers and veggie burgers too.
You’ll love them as much as we do!
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.
*You can follow along below, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card.
Ingredients Needed for 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 the plastic wrapping from the 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 a 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 it with the top of bun. And serve.
Makes 8 burgers
You may enjoy our Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches too! Have a great day!! 🙂
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Recipe adapted from Aprons simple meals