Pimento-Cheese-Stuffed Burger

Total Time:
5 hr 10 min
1 hr 35 min
2 hr 25 min
1 hr 10 min

4 servings

  • Pimento Cheese:
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded orange Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • One 4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic Butter:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon minced Roasted Garlic, recipe follows
  • Kosher salt
  • Burgers:
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • Canola oil, for the pan
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 medium brioche hamburger buns
  • 2 cups finely sliced white cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced sweet onion
  • 4 Fried Green Tomatoes, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup Scratch Ranch Dressing, recipe follows
  • 8 slices smoked bacon, cooked until crispy
  • Roasted Garlic:
  • 2 to 3 whole heads garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fried Green Tomatoes:
  • 2 large green tomatoes (or firm, unripe heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups fine cornmeal
  • Canola oil, for deep frying
  • Scratch Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • For the pimento cheese: Combine the cream cheese, orange Cheddar, white Cheddar, mayonnaise, mustard, pimentos, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon black pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a large rectangle of plastic wrap, spread out in a line and roll up in the plastic to form a 2-inch-diameter log. Twist the ends tightly and place the log seam-side down on a flat plate, folding the ends under to secure. Refrigerate until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

  • For the garlic butter: Combine the butter, Roasted Garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside.

  • For the burgers: Form the ground beef into eight 3 1/2-ounce patties about 4 inches in diameter. Take the chilled pimento cheese log out of the refrigerator and slice it into 1/2-inch-wide disks. Place a pimento cheese disk on top of 1 of the patties and top it with another patty. Firmly crimp the edges of the 2 patties all the way around to make sure that it is sealed. Repeat with the remaining patties and cheese, reserving any remaining cheese for another use. Return the stuffed patties to the fridge to chill again for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Heat a grill pan or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat and lightly grease with the oil. Season the burgers with salt and cook on one side until charred and almost heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook in the oven until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Slather the cut sides of the brioche buns with some of the garlic butter. Toast the buns on both sides until golden brown and lightly charred around the edges, 30 to 45 seconds per side. Reserve the remaining garlic butter for another use.

  • Toss the cabbage with the apple cider vinegar and a little salt in a large mixing bowl.

  • Build the burgers from the bottom up: Place a layer of sliced sweet onion on the bottom buns. Top each with a stuffed burger. Top the burgers with the Fried Green Tomatoes and drizzle with some Scratch Ranch Dressing. Top the tomatoes with two pieces of crispy bacon. Top with a handful of dressed cabbage. Place the top buns on top and secure with a pick.

Roasted Garlic:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the tops off the whole heads of garlic to expose the garlic cloves. Place the heads on a large piece of aluminum foil and drizzle lightly with the oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Wrap the foil around the heads to form a tight pouch. Place the pouch in the oven and roast until soft and fragrant, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Squeeze the pulp from the skins.

  • Yield: 3/4 cup

Fried Green Tomatoes:
  • Cut the tomatoes into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Whisk together the flour, garlic powder, 2 tablespoons salt and 2 tablespoons pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk in another medium bowl. Place the cornmeal in a third medium bowl.

  • Lightly dredge the tomato slices in the seasoned flour mixture. Dip into the egg mixture and then finally into the cornmeal. Place the coated tomatoes on a lined tray and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes to firm up.

  • Pour enough canola oil into a medium pan to reach 2 to 3 inches deep. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil reaches a temperature of 350 degrees F. Fry the tomatoes in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plates, season with salt and keep warm.

  • Yield: 4 servings

Scratch Ranch Dressing:
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, dill, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 4 to 5 turns of black pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined and creamy in texture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator 3 to 5 days.

  • Yield: 2 cups

  • Special equipment: 4 sandwich picks or toothpicks and a deep-fry thermometer

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