House-Made Burger with Pimento Cheese


1 pound ground sirloin

1pound ground chuck

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 recipe Pimiento Cheese (see recipe below)

6 hamburger buns


Build charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for direct cooking. Mix ground sirloin and chuck together gently with salt and pepper. Form into 6 patties. Press indentation in center of each patty. Brush with olive oil. Place directly over medium heat (about 400 degrees F); grill 10 to 12 minutes, turning once halfway through. Remove from grill. Top with a tablespoonful of Pimiento Cheese. Serve on buns.

Pimiento Cheese


1 shallot, grated

1-8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 cup or more to taste of mayonnaise (not light)

1/2-4 ounce jar pimientos

Fresh ground pepper

Grate shallot on a box grater or process in a food processor. Mix shallot and cheese. Add mayonnaise and stir with a large fork just until mixture holds together. Stir in pimientos and some of their liquid. Season with pepper. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Store, refrigerated, up to a week.

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