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Pimento Smash Burgers

Pimento smash burger

Need a special something from the grill for Independence Day? Let Adams Rib Rubb hook you up!

These pimento smash burgers feel fancy but they're easy to create. They include bacon. And what's more patriotic than good food? Let's dive in.

Pimento Smash Burgers


  • 1 pound ground sirloin or ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 finely diced white onion
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tsp. Spicy Adams Rib Rubb
  • 8 bacon slices
  • 4 slices white or yellow American cheese
  • 8 oz. pimento cheese
  • 4 potato buns*


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the first eight ingredients (sirloin through breadcrumbs), plus 2 tsp. Spicy Adams Rib Rubb.
  2. Once mixed evenly, cover and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This allows the rubb to turn into a marinade and all the flavors will combine.
  3. While you're waiting on the meat, prep the bacon. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper and lay out all eight pieces of bacon. Season with the remaining 2 tsp. of Spicy Adams Rib Rubb. Make sure bacon is covered - use more rubb if needed. Place baking sheet in oven for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked as you like it. Remove bacon from oven and allow to cool on paper towel.
  4. Heat a cast-iron skillet. You want it smoking hot so the burgers cook quickly.
  5. Get the meat out of the fridge and make four equal portions. Roll into balls and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Put another piece of parchment on top and smush down flat (Yes, smush is a technical culinary term.). You want the patties as thin as possible - maybe 1/8 of an inch. 
  6. Place the burgers on the smoking-hot cast iron. Flip after one minute. These will cook fast! The high heat creates a nice sear and crust.
  7. After the first flip, put the American cheese slices on each patty.
  8. Watch the patties and remove when done - you don't want to overcook.
  9. Once you've removed the patties from the skillet, put pimento cheese on them. The heat from the burgers will warm the pimento cheese.
  10. Place bacon on top. Put the whole shebang on a potato roll with your favorite condiments. If the burger feels unwieldy, keep it together with a bamboo skewer. Enjoy!

* No potato buns? No problem. We've subbed our favorite bread toasted in the oven. Delish!

Make a Patriotic Meal

Man cannot live by burger alone. We like to pair pimento smash burgers with classic cookout all stars like potato salad and cucumber salad. Get more side dish inspiration here.

We're rounding out our July 4th cookout with watermelon and frosty brews. Celebrate safely and enjoy!