House-Made Burger with Pimento Cheese

Here's how to make burgers that are incredibly juicy and flavorful: mix sirloin and chuck. If you prefer more DIY hamburger recipes, grind up your own hanger steak as an alternative for these pimiento cheese burgers.

House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound ground sirloin

  • 1 pound ground chuck

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 recipe Pimiento Cheese (see recipe below)

  • 6 hamburger buns

Pimiento Cheese

  • 1 shallot, grated

  • 1 8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • ½ cup or more to taste of mayonnaise (not light)

  • ½ 4 ounce jar pimientos

  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. 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. 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.

Hanger Steak Burger:

Cut about 2 pounds cold hanger steak in 1-inch pieces. Put through a meat grinder or place 1/4 at a time in food processor; pulse until finely ground. Season, shape into patties, and grill as above. Makes 6 servings.

Direct Grilling:

For this method, the food is placed on the grill rack directly over the heat source. Direct grilling is best for searing and cooking small, tender cuts that cook in 30 minutes or less, such as steaks, burgers, or boneless chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
32g Fat
22g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Potassium 503mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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