Pimiento Cheese and Pimiento Cheeseburgers with Fried Eggs & Onion

Inspiration: Ever since we visited my brother and sister-in-law in North Carolina last October and had a relatively Southern-esque burger topped with a fried egg and fried green tomatoes, Brandon has been really into eating burgers with fried eggs. Since green tomatoes aren’t in season right now, I thought I’d throw in a different Southern ingredient instead – pimiento cheese!

What we Loved: This is our first experience with pimiento cheese, and we both really enjoyed it. The peppers have a slightly sweet and spicy flavor, and the cheese itself is sharp and creamy. When melted, it transforms from a thicker consistency of a dip to ooey, gooey deliciousness. That melty texture was definitely my favorite thing about this cheese. And when added to a burger and topped with a fried egg (with a slightly undercooked, creamy yolk) and a thick slice of browned sweet onion, well, how can that not be good? What a fantastic and rich combination of flavors.

Helpful Hints: I’m sure that pimiento cheese would be great in any number of recipes. We enjoyed the leftovers sandwiched in an omelet. Delicious!

Pimiento Cheese
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I cut the recipe in half. Here’s the recipe as I made it.

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/8 cup mayonnaise
1 oz cream cheese
Kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste
1 oz pimientos, sliced

1. Place the cheddar, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and cayenne in a food processor. Puree until smooth.

2. Add the pimientos, and pulse a few times to finely chop and incorporate.

Pimiento Cheeseburger with Fried Egg and Onion
Source: Original Recipe to serve 2

Ground beef, as much as desired to form two patties
Garlic powder
Seasoning salt
1/3 cup pimiento cheese, using more or less to taste
2 eggs
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 thick slices onion
1. Form the beef into two patties. Sprinkle some garlic powder and just a bit of seasoning salt in a saute pan. Add the burgers and the onion slices, and turn the heat to medium. When the burgers begin to sizzle, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip both the burgers and the onion slices, cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes more. Add the cheese to the burgers, cover, and cook for an additional minute to melt the cheese.
2. While the burgers are cooking, add a drizzle of olive oil to a second saute pan, and fry the eggs. Sprinkle to taste with Kosher salt and black pepper.
3. Plate the burgers topped with the fried eggs and onion slices.

10 thoughts on “Pimiento Cheese and Pimiento Cheeseburgers with Fried Eggs & Onion

  1. Pimento Cheese Sandwiches were a staple in our house when I was a kid. Mom simply spread it between 2 pieces of bread. It never occurred to be me use it in other ways–on a burger or in an omelet are great ideas. I’ve never had a fried egg on a burger either. That combo looks fantastic. Yum!

  2. OK, I made this last night for dinner. It was GREAT! I loved the pimiento cheese. It was a little bit messy when it melted, I think next time I might do it as stuffed burgers :) Served it with kale chips.

  3. Pingback: Beef Burgers with Pimiento Cheese Sauce « Just the Tip

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