May is National Cheeseburger Month. In honor of that occasion, I thought I would share my favorite way to enjoy this American icon.
The first step to a great cheeseburger is preparing a nice thick patty out of high-quality ground beef. I like it cooked over a charcoal grill until it's just a little pink on the inside. In my opinion, the next most important ingredient is a great bread. I like Hawaiian sweet rolls or onion rolls toasted over the grill. In place of sliced cheese, I really like a melting dollop of pimento cheese. My favorite recipe for pimento cheese is Paula Deen's version called "Bobby's Pimento Cheese." (Just a little hint: you can leave out the cream cheese and add a little extra mayo. It's still good and saves a couple of calories. I also add a little hot sauce.) After these key ingredients, I typically add avocado, lettuce, spinach, or bacon as the mood strikes. You won't need mayo if you let the cheese spread melt.
Whether you make your burgers at home or have a favorite place to buy one, be sure you celebrate the cheeseburger this month!
Photo by Jenn Ballard