The Southern Burger

Courtesy of foodiebride, this sandwich looks more indulgent than it really is. Keep the breading thin and substituting turkey is an alternative worth trying. Using a non-stick pan will help minimize the need for oil. The cheese and mayo- well, those are the more indulgent ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

For the burgers

  • 4 burger buns (regular or wheat)
  • 4 ground beef patties (~1/3 lb each) (consider using turkey)
  • Worcestershire
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pimento cheese
  • Lettuce

For the fried green tomatoes:

  • 2-3 green tomatoes, sliced ~1/3-inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornmeal
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive or vegetable oil, for frying (mister recommended)

DIRECTIONS

Heat your grill to high. To make the tomatoes, heat a nonstick pan sprayed with oil over medium high heat. Add flour, cornmeal, a pinch of salt and pepper to a zip lock bag and shake to mix well. Add tomato slices and shake to coat. Fry tomato slices in batches until golden brown on each side. (Add additional oil between batches.) Remove to a paper towel-lined plate until ready to assemble burgers.

Each side of the hamburger patties should get a dash of Worcestershire and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the patties to desired doneness. Before removing them from the grill, top each with 2 Tbsp. of pimento cheese and let cook 1 minute more to melt the cheese. To assemble the burger, top the bottom bun with the cooked burger, fried green tomato slices, lettuce, and any condiments of choice.

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