double pimento burger with crispy bacon

Well, I’ve up and done it.

{Barry White voice}: ahhhhhhh…..yeahhhhhhh.

As I mentioned yesterday on my travel recap of Charleston, I ate the ultimate burger. Come to think about it, I might just knight the darn thing. I dub thee, Sir Burger of Burgers. Hey, doesn’t every girl need a knight in shiny, gooey, juicy cheese? Wait. That could be weird.

But fo’ reals. What is it about a juicy ol’ burger that makes us weak in the knees? Is it the meaty burger itself? Or the toppings? Or is it simply, the satisfaction of comfort food? Anytime I see a burger on the menu, whether it’s dipped in foie gras or in it’s purest form – cheese, lettuce, and tomato, I become giddy. I have true admiration for the burger. Why? Because a burger doesn’t judge. A burger is like an old friend. You may not order it every time you are at restaurant, but when you do, it’s like nothing has changed. It loves you no matter what…even if you ate a veggie burger! (wink, wink).

So, you could imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon my old Southern friend while in Charleston. This burger is not for the faint at heart. Hello, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and BACON! Okay, riddle me this batman. How is it that I’m 30 years old and just now trying pimento cheese? I feel like they should be handing out samples in the maternity wing of the hospital or something. I mean, who needs ketchup and mustard when you could have a condiment of cheddar cheese mixed with mayo and peppers? Am I right? Right.

After devouring this bad boy, I knew the second I touched down in Denver I had to recreate this burger. Instead of making fried green tomatoes (I figured I’d best leave that to the folks of the South), I sliced up some heirloom tomatoes, kept the bacon, and pimento cheese, but I doubled the trucker. It’s like a mountain of juicy goodness. Because don’t they say, two is better than one?

I rest my case.

Double Pimento Burger with Crispy Bacon

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

Tabasco

Salt and Pepper

1 package pimento cheese, room temperature

1 tomato, sliced

4 slices bacon, cooked

Romaine lettuce

2 hamburger buns


Directions:

In a large bowl, add ground beef. Add a couple of dashes of Tabasco to the beef along with salt and pepper. Form into four patties. Preheat a grill pan to medium-high heat and cook burgers for about 4 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and let them rest before serving.


To assemble the burger: take the bottom of a hamburger bun and spread about a tablespoon of pimento cheese on the bottom. Top cheese with a slice of lettuce and then a tomato. Add one hamburger patty on top of that with another layer of cheese and two slices of bacon. Top with final burger patty and and more cheese! Wash it down with a beer!


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