Let’s save us all some time and back up a sec: Hi. I’m Shawnda. And I name my hamburgers.
And this one I call The Southern. I could think of no name more perfect for a burger topped with melty pimento cheese and a fried green tomato.
Except for maybe “Pimento Cheeseburger with Fried Green Tomatoes.”
It is definitely looks like one of the more indulgent ways to consume a burger but it’s really not as terrible as it sounds. We keep the breading very thin and light on the tomatoes and fry in the smallest amount of oil possible – just enough to keep the tomatoes from sticking to the pan. An oil mister and a non-stick pan are your best friends!
And the pimento cheese is… well that’s cheese, more cheese, and mayo. At least the tomatoes aren’t terrible
The Southern Burger
Juicy grilled burgers topped with two southern favorites: pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes.
- For the burgers
- 4 burger buns
- 4 ground beef patties (~1/3 lb each)
- 1/2 cup Pimento cheese
- For the fried green tomatoes:
- 2-3 green tomatoes, sliced ~1/3-inch thick
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 Tbsp cornmeal
- Olive or vegetable oil, for frying (mister recommended)
- Heat your grill to high.
- To make the tomatoes, heat a non stick pan sprayed with oil over medium high heat.
- Add flour, cornmeal, a pinch of salt and pepper to a ziptop bag and shake to mix well.
- Add tomato slices and shake to coat.
- Fry tomato slices in batches until golden brown on each side. (Add additional oil between batches.)
- Remove to a paper towel-lined plate until ready to assemble burgers.
- Each side of the hamburger patties should get a dash of Worcestershire and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cook the patties to desired doneness.
- Before removing them from the grill, top each with ~2 Tbsp of pimento cheese and let cook 1 minute more to melt the cheese.
- To assemble the burger, top the bottom bun with the cooked burger, fried green tomato slices, lettuce, and any condiments of choice.
Yields: 4 servings
Estimated time: 30 minutes