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Everyone loves a good cheeseburger, right? Well, today I’m kicking it up a notch by using a creamy rich cheese spread to bring that extra jazz to your already delicious cheeseburgers! In this recipe today I’m making my special Pimento Cheese Burgers using a wonderful locally sourced ground beef which I purchase from Hoien Farms Beef out of Atkins!
Everyone Loves a Good Burger!
I’ve created a fully-loaded burger on steroids for today’s post using one of my favorite cheesy toppings, Pimento Cheese!
If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a southern sandwich spread, that is mainly shredded cheddar cheese, mayo, and of course, red pimentoes.
You can purchase it already made at the local grocery stores near the dips (in the refrigerator sections) and when you get a good quality brand it really takes this burger to a whole new level of awesome!
I love the Palmetto Brand that can be found in the Russellville area in our local WalMart stores and Kroger I believe. They have a regular and a jalapeno version which is my favorite, Yum!
But if you prefer homemade and you’re up for it you can make your own pimento cheese spread. It is a very simple process and you can find a great recipe to get started with that HERE!
As if the creamy cheese spread isn’t enough, there is always a place for bacon, right? That would definitely compliment the cheese and the beef.
But for this recipe, I wanted to keep it simple so I could still enjoy the full flavor of the fresh locally sourced ground beef.
Speaking of the ground beef, let’s learn more about this wonderful product and of course the farmers!
Let’s Talk Meet The Farmers, Hoien Farms Beef
So in my last recipe post, I shared a delicious recipe for Herb Roasted Potatoes where I featured another local farmer out of Dover.
Today I’m thrilled to share with you another wonderful farming family, Hoien Farms, that we’ve been purchasing beef from for well over a year.
We have thoroughly enjoyed purchasing our ground beef supply from this wonderful family. It is so nice to know exactly where your meat is coming from and know that you are supporting a local family also.
Here’s a little about Hoein Farms Beef directly from their Facebook Page: “Our beef is grown on our farm in Atkins, AR, and processed at Cypress Valley Meat Company in Pottsville. It is USDA inspected and available for sale directly from our farm or at the Russellville Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, beginning at 8 am.”
I can tell you that we have not only have loved the lean ground beef that we have purchased on a regular basis but we have also ordered their roast and some beef smoked sausages. Oh, man are they delicious you guys!
You can totally hop over and check out more information from them on their Facebook Page: Hoien Farms Beef. Tell them Keri and Anthony sent you! And try their beef if you can, you will be thrilled!
Making The Pimento Cheese Burgers
Before making your burgers, I suggest gathering your ingredients and prepping your toppings. I like to get all my toppings, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, onions, or cheese all ready to go and have them chilling as I make and cook my burgers.
This way everything is ready to go and you can serve your burgers piping hot!
In this recipe, I used 2 pounds of ground beef to make 6 patties, giving me burgers that were roughly 4-5 ounces in weight after cooking.
But the end results in your patty size will ultimately come down to the “meat to fat ratio” of the ground beef you’re using. We use a leaner blend from Hoien Farms, so mine didn’t shrink much after cooking.
As for cooking the burgers, we love grilled burgers, but honestly, it is beyond hot outside right now guys and I just don’t want to stand out there grilling and sweating!
So to avoid the summertime heat, I made these burgers inside using one of my larger cast-iron skillets.
When the burgers are cooked and ready to eat I like to let everyone build their own burgers to there likings. Here’s what I do to my burger: bottom bun onto my plate, then add a generous a swipe of real mayo, on top of that I add a nice crisp piece of fresh lettuce, then my burger patty with that creamy pimento cheese, followed by a slice of fresh tomato and my top bun.
Oh, my word you guys, it is a mouth-watering burger for sure. But if you’re not into pimento cheese or the other toppings I described then you can always add your own favorite toppings. My husband, Anthony, prefers to have a farm-fresh egg fried to perfection on his as you’ll see in the picture below.
He enjoys the rich flavor that the runny yolk adds to his burger. Boy not me friends, I say give me that cheese, please!
I hope you will give Hoien Farms Beef the next time you’re in the market for beef. So bee sure to visit their Facebook page and go see them at the next Pope Count Farmer’s Market.
Well, friends, please enjoy this Pimento Cheese Burger Recipe and I’ll talk to you soon in our next recipe featuring locally grown foods!
Pimento Cheese Burger Recipe
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil for cooking
- salt and pepper to your taste
- 12 oz of your favorite Pimento Cheese Spread
- Divide the ground beef into 5 to 6 equal portions. Form each portion into a burger patty and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Brush both sides of the burgers with the oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
- Add the oil to a large cast-iron skillet and heat on medium heat. Once the skillet is hot place the burgers into the skillet and cook for about 4/5 minutes on each side. The actual cooking time will vary based on how rare or well done you like your burgers.
- Now for the best part. Right at the last minute of cooking, scoop a hefty dollop of the pimento cheese mixture on right on top of each burger the skillet.
- Cook until the cheese has just melted, about 1 minute. Serve hot on a toasted bun such as the pretzel buns you see used in the burgers above.