Recipe: Charlie Palmer’s Classic Beef Burgers

Recipe: Charlie Palmer’s Classic Beef Burgers

This super delicious and easy to prepare burger, courtesy of Charlie Palmer, adds ground pork and pimiento cheese to make it your new summer favorite.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Suitable for diet


For the burger

  • 2 pounds ground meat; recommended: 70% sirloin, 30% ground pork (or even ground bacon)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 sourdough rolls
  • Pimiento cheese (recipe below)

For the cheese

  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 dashes Tobasco
  • 1 cup drained and chopped pimientos
  • 1 cup sliced scallions, cut on the diagonal
  • 3 cups grated orange cheddar cheese


Burger Method


Combine meat mixture with Worcestershire and ground black pepper.


Divide meat mixture into ½ pound balls and wrap well in plastic. Reserve until ready to grill.


Heat grill to very hot temperature.


Unwrap meat balls and press into patties. Season well with salt before cooking.


Cook burger for 3-5 minutes per side for medium/medium-rare. Let rest.


Top with pimiento cheese and serve on toasted sourdough roll.

Pimiento Cheese Method


Mix the cream cheese with the cayenne pepper, salt, Tabasco, and pimientos. Fold in the scallions and cheddar cheese just until mixed—pimiento cheese should be chunky.

Looking for more tips on how to craft the perfect burger? Check out acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer’s burger grilling tips here.

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