The classic Southern mix of cheese, mayo, and pimientos brightens a basic burger.
- 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
- 2 cups finely shredded Colby or cheddar (8 ounces)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- Vegetable oil, for grilling
- 2 pounds ground beef chuck (80 percent lean), formed into 8 thin patties
- Salt and pepper
- 8 hamburger buns
- Toppings, such as mustard, onion, and tomato (optional)
Stir together pimientos, cheese, mayonnaise, and chives. (To store, cover and refrigerate, up to 2 days.)
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Season patties with salt and pepper. Grill 4 minutes per side for medium; during last minute of cooking, top each burger with 3 tablespoons pimiento cheese and cover grill. Serve burgers on buns with desired toppings.