Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chipotle Pimento Cheese and Bacon Burger

Yes, there is a burger under all of that pimento cheese


I have developed a slight obsession with making burgers. I also have a slight obsession with making pimento cheese. When those two meet something magical happens. When bacon joins in on the party it will transport you to another planet.   I used to consider myself a burger purist:  American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and maybe ketchup.  I guess that still holds true to some extent but I have broadened my horizons when it comes to burger toppings, like Kentucky proud beer cheese.  Have you tried that yet?  Well, do it.  Now.  It is my opinion that there aren't many things better than beer cheese.

Enough about the beer cheese though.  This burger features Chipotle Pimento Cheese which is just pimento cheese on vacation to the southwest.  The smokey chipotles with the creamy mayo and cheddar is basically a party for your tastebuds.

I feel like I've been so busy lately.  I'm ready for some down time.  By busy, I obviously mean watching basketball and Netflix.  To be honest, I might be a little depressed over basketball.  It was such an amazing season for my cats and they were a great group of guys.  Later today they'll probably all declare for the NBA draft.  Hence, I will throw myself into baseball and gardening.  I might even get the chance to cut the grass eventually.  It has been raining cats and dogs here lately!

Speaking of the garden, it is almost that time!  I've already started some seeds and will be finishing the rest of that step tonight hopefully!  So far I have three different types of lettuce, kale and a couple of herbs.  I'm planning on building some sort of contraption/shelving unit on my privacy fence to house them.  Bonus feature of that idea is that it should keep the rabbits out this year.  Fingers crossed! I'll be sharing the garden in some future posts depending on my level of motivation which has been very low lately.  Hence, the lack of actual cooking and blogging.

I get distracted rather easily, don't I?  I have made the transition into grass-fed beef land.  It really is crazy how different it tastes than conventional beef.  Or maybe I've just been brainwashed to think that. My burgers are always 1/4 pounders.  I season them simply because good beef just should be enough.  Plus, there is a huge flavor profile with the pimento cheese.  I have some other big plans for that pimento cheese, like using it at breakfast.  Stay tuned!

Chipotle Pimento Cheese and Bacon Burger

Recipe makes 4 burgers

1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
8 slices bacon

Place bacon on a foil lined baking sheet.  Place in a cold oven.  Turn oven to 400 degrees.  Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove bacon from oven and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.  Set aside.

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients.  Mix with your hands for best results.

Using a burger mold, form into 4 equal size patties

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Place patties in skillet.  Cook on each side for approximately 7-10 minutes depending on how well done you prefer your burgers.  Remove burgers from skillet and place on a foil lined baking sheet.

Meanwhile,  butter the buns and place butter side down on a baking sheet.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

Top each burger with a dollop of pimento cheese (recipe follows) and place under the broiler, watching carefully, until cheese melts.

Remove burgers from oven and add bacon and your favorite burger toppings.

Chipotle Pimento Cheese

Yields 1 1/2 to 2 cups

1 (16 ounce) block medium cheddar cheese, grated
1 (4 ounce) jar pimentos
1 or 2 heaping spoonfuls mayo
2 chipotles peppers in adobo, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix all ingredients together until creamy.










2 comments:

  1. I can't help but feel I inspired this post! I'll have to try pimento cheese using cheddar. Pretty sure it's the velveeta that kills it for me in mom's.

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    1. Definitely try it with cheddar! Mine is nowhere close to mom's. This one isn't sweet.

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