Add a surprise inside your burgers by stuffing them with cheese! Grill up some Juicy Lucy Pimento Goat Cheese Burgers at your next cookout!
Fact: I’m a proud, born and bred New Yorker – okay maybe that’s not a fact more of a statement. I love my city, even with all its faults and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Anytime Braden and I come home from a vacation we go through the game of could you live there? Could you live somewhere else? We think about it but in reality, NYC – okay really Brooklyn is our home.
As much as I love my hometown though, I did venture out of it for four short years to do my schooling. Why? Well I thought it was a good idea to get awhile for awhile to live in a vastly different culture than what you see on the east coast and the thought of freezing my butt off at one of the schools upstate New York did not appeal to me.
So I went south. I enjoyed my time down there but I don’t think I ever really fully took it all in.
I was a teenager and young adult and was stubborn about changing my ways or tasting new foods. All those southern delicacies that passed my way, I said no thanks because at the time it all seemed a little strange to me.
These days? Well I kick myself for not trying it a little bit sooner. Case in point, pimento cheese. Think about what goes into pimento cheese – it’s basically a mix of cheeses, canned pimentos (peppers) and mayo. Mayo and cheese – you guys if you didn’t grow up on this stuff it all sounds a little gross.
The thing is, it’s not. Who ever invented it is some sort of cheese spread genius.
Of course since I’ve gotten over my pimento cheese phobia, I enjoy it every chance I get. I rarely make it at home because the recipe does make a lot and let’s be honest it isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to have at home (remember it is cheese and mayo). However once and awhile it’s okay to indulge and indulging is just what we are doing here.
I’ve basically combined two restaurant experiences into one with these burgers to give you a cheese filled surprise. One of my favorite places in Charleston, SC makes a goat cheese pimento cheese and I’ve been waiting to try out my own version and well pick and place and I’m sure you’ll find pimento cheese burgers somewhere!
As for the juicy lucy part? That’s what happens when you stuff the cheese inside the burger for a molten cheese center!
- 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces grated pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounce jar diced pimientos, drained
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2lbs ground beef
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 4 tablespoons Goat cheese Pimento Cheese (see recipe above)
- hamburger buns
- optional: lettuce, sliced tomato, onion rings to top burgers
- In a large bowl combine the goat cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, mayonnaise, drained pimientos, scallions, hot sauce, pepper and salt. Mix well to combine. If you like a spread that's a little smoother place in your food processor and pulse about 3-5 times until your desired consistency. Set aside
- To make the burgers, form the beef into 8 - 3 ounces patties and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Place 1 tablespoons of pimento goat cheese spread in the center of 4 of the patties and then top each of the patties and seal as best as you can.
- If grilling the burgers - grill about 4-5 minutes per side. If cooking indoors - cook on a cast iron skillet about 5-6 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Let the burgers sit, tented with foil for 5 minutes.
- Toast the burger buns and serve with sliced tomato and onion rings.