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Pimento Cheese Smashed Patty Melt

Serves 4
Cuisine: American
Category: Burgers, Sandwiches & Salads, 30 minutes or less
Pimento cheese is a staple in the American South. Its creamy but sharp flavor adds a distinctive tang to the classic patty melt. Use mayonnaise to toast the bread for a golden-brown crust. Your homemade pimento cheese spread will transform your patty melts.
Prep Time
15 mins
Other Time
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
  • 1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef, 80% lean
  • 2 ounces jarred pimentos, chopped (half a small jar)
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Form ground beef into four 6-ounce balls and refrigerate.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine pimentos, cheddar cheese, scallions, 1/4 -cup mayonnaise, cream cheese and hot sauce. Stir with a spatula until well combined, set aside.
  3. Use remaining mayonnaise to spread approximately 1-teaspoon on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet or griddle preheated to medium high, place two balls of beef in pan (all four if using a griddle) and smash using a non-slotted spatula. Make sure to press out with the spatula, smashing balls into patties about 1/4-inch thick in a shape that resembles the shape of the bread slices. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. After the patties have cooked for 1 to 2 minutes on the first side, a dark crust should have developed. Flip patties, cook for another minute, remove from heat. Reserve patties, keep warm.
  6. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel, using tongs to prevent touching the hot pan. On the sides of the bread that haven’t been smeared with mayonnaise, spread pimento cheese mix (about 1/8-cup per slice).
  7. Either working in batches of two or four slices. Toast mayonnaise smeared side of bread for two minutes, add patty to one slice and top with the other slice so that the patty is encased in the pimento cheese. Toast 2 more minutes, flip and toast complete sandwiches until golden.
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