After offering the recipe for Basic Turkey Burgers, the article then featured a variety of burger dress-ups. Since I love pimiento cheese almost as much as I do burgers themselves, I was drawn to Pimiento Cheese Bacon Burgers as a way to add some special pizzazz.
I absolutely adored the fact that the Best Turkey Burgers recipe featured both chopped fresh parsley and fresh mint. I almost always have some fresh parsley in the veggie bin of my fridge; seems as though I buy some for a recipe and then have a ton left over. And the mint—well, it grows, indestructable, right outside my door. We grab it to go in iced tea and look for recipes that give us an excuse to trim some off.
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers calls for topping the Best Turkey Burgers with your favorite Pimiento Cheese mixture (storebought or mixed up with your own shredded cheese or cheese blend.) I ran my fave in the very first blog entry I ever wrote for this column—May 16, 2010. But for grins I’ll repeat it here today—295 blog entries later!
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers
2 pounds lean ground turkey breast
1 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Preheat grill to 350 to 400 degrees (or use countertop grill). Combine above ingredients gently. Shape mixture into 6 (5-inch) patties. Grill, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until beef no longer is pink in the center. Top each burger with your favorite pimiento cheese recipe (mine appears below), cooked bacon slices, lettuce, and tomato slices. Makes 6 servings.
Old South Pimiento Cheese
1 cup chopped/broken pecans
1 (8-ounce) block extra sharp cheese (grate on small side of cheese grater)
1 (8-ounce) block sharp cheese (grate on large side of cheese grater)
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimiento, drained
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Set oven to 350 degrees. Toast the 1 cup pecans for 8-10 minutes. Stir halfway through the toasting. Mix the grated cheese, mayonnaise, pimiento, worcestershire sauce, onion, and red pepper. Add pecans. Spread on bread.