Trisha's Burgers with Bacon and Charred Pineapple and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, as seen on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Season 17.
Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Patty Melts with Bacon, Charred Pineapple and Jalapeño Pimiento Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Patty Melts:

Pimiento Cheese:


  1. For the patty melts: Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a cooling rack.
  2. Lay the bacon on a baking sheet and cook until crispy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve the bacon fat.
  3. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper and divide into 4 equal balls. Shape the balls into flat 5-inch square patties and place on a platter or sheet pan. Make a dimple in the center of each so they cook evenly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. For the pimiento cheese: Pulse together the pepper jack cheese, pimientos, mayonnaise and jalapeños in a food processor. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature, or if making ahead, take out 30 minutes before using. The mixture should be easily spreadable.
  5. For the patty melts: Have a clean baking sheet or platter ready for all the finished grilled components. Pat the pineapple dry and add to the grill; cook until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the pineapple and add the patties. Cook until the patties are browned and have grill marks, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Add the patties to the baking sheet.
  6. To assemble the sandwiches: Mix the butter with 1 to 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat in a small bowl. Spread one side of all the bread with the butter. Spread 3 tablespoons of the pimiento cheese on the other side of the bread. Place the bread on the grill, butter-side down. Add 2 slices bacon directly to four of the bread slices on the pimiento cheese. Top with a patty and a slice of pineapple, then top with the other toasted slice of bread, butter-side up.
  7. Serve warm.