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Fried Pickle Burger

The Fried Pickle Burger is a must-try for dinner this week. Two ground beef patties grilled to perfection, topped with melted cheese and crispy fried pickles for an epic burger that will beat the drive-thru.

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Classic Burgers are one of the meals that we never get tired of. We sometimes change them up making Bacon Double Cheeseburgers or Grilled Onion Burgers. When burgers are on the grill, everyone is lining up with a plate, ready to eat.

Double cheeseburger with fried pickles on an onion bun.

Burgers make a quick and easy meal on the grill and if you are a pickle fan, these Fried Pickle Burgers are sure to be a big hit.

These double cheeseburgers are filling and flavorful for a hearty meal that satisfies. If you are into over the top burgers, you’ll also love these grilled Jerk Pork Burgers.

Ingredients Needed

For the Burgers:

  • Ground Beef ~ We are using 80% lean for these burgers. It’s our pick for burgers, it doesn’t shrink too much and has enough fat to stay juicy and flavorful.
  • Steak Rub ~ Use your favorite all purpose seasoning, this blend is our favorite for pretty much everything on the grill.
  • Sliced Cheese ~ We chose American slices, cheddar, pepper-jack or Swiss are also great options.
  • Onion Buns 
  • Toppings: Lettuce, tomatoes, onions.
  • Condiments: Mayonnaise, spicy mustard, ketchup, bbq sauce or burger sauce.

Ingredients for fried pickles.

For the Fried Pickles:

  • Pickle Slices ~ Bread and butter or dill, choose your favorite.
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Steak Rub ~ or Season Salt like Lawry’s
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

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Step By Step Directions

Breading station for fried pickles.

Create a breading station for the pickles. 

  1. Add flour and seasonings to a bowl and whisk together. Stir in buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
  2. In another bowl add all purpose flour. Collage battering pickles for frying.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Drain the pickles and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Dredge pickle slices in the flour.
  6. Dip in batter.
  7. Repeat if you want a thick batter or just dip once if you prefer a thin coating on the pickles.
  8. Place on the lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  9. Freeze the pickle slices while you grill the burgers.

Burger patties on a grill.

Make the Burgers.

  1. Form 1/4 pound burger patties and season with steak rub.
  2. Grill over open flame with the grill closed for about 4 minutes. Grilling burger patties over open flame.
  3. Flip the burger patties and season with rub.
  4. Cook 3- 4  minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° using a digital meat thermometer. Melting cheese on stacked burger patties on the grill.
  5. Top with slices of cheese and stack the patties.
  6. Cook another 1- 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove to a sheet pan. Cover with foil to keep warm while you fry the pickles.

Collage frying battered pickles.

Fry the Pickles.

  1. Add vegetable oil to a heavy bottom pan or iron skillet. Use an oil thermometer and heat to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and top with paper towels.
  3. Remove pickles from freezer and drop into the hot oil, a few at a time, not over crowding the pan.
  4. Turn to brown on both sides, cooking until golden brown.
  5. Remove to the paper towel lined baking sheet. Double cheeseburger with fried pickles (top bun missing).

Build the Burgers.

  1. Toast the buns if desired, add desired condiments and toppings.
  2. Add the burger patties and top with fried pickles. Double cheeseburger with fried pickles.
  3. Add the top buns and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover burgers wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through.

Onion bun double cheeseburger with fried pickles.

Skip the take out this week and make these delicious Fried Pickle Burgers for a budget-friendly, quick and easy meal that will have everyone running to the dinner table.

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Fried pickle burger on onion bun.
Yield: 4 Burgers

Fried Pickle Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The Fried Pickle Burger is a must-try for dinner this week. Two ground beef patties grilled to perfection, topped with melted cheese and crispy fried pickles for an epic burger that will beat the drive-thru.

Ingredients

For the Burgers:

For the Fried Pickles:

  • 1 cup pickle slices: bread and butter or dill
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

    Create a breading station for the pickles: 

  1. Add 1/2 cup flour and seasonings to a bowl and whisk together. Stir in water and milk and whisk until smooth.
  2. In another bowl add the remaining 1/4 cup all purpose flour. 
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Drain the pickles and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Dredge pickle slices in the flour. 
  6. Dip in batter.  Repeat for thick batter or just dip once for a thin coating on the pickles. 
  7. Place on the lined baking sheet in a single layer. 
  8. Freeze the pickle slices while you grill the burgers.

Make the Burgers:

  1. Form 1/4 pound burger patties and season with steak rub. 
  2. Grill over open flame with the grill closed for about 4 minutes.
  3. Flip the burger patties and season with rub. 
  4. Cook 3- 4  minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° using a digital meat thermometer.
  5. Top with slices of cheese and stack the patties. 
  6. Cook another 1- 2 minutes until cheese is melted. 
  7. Remove to a sheet pan. Cover with foil to keep warm while you fry the pickles.

Fry the Pickles:

  1. Add vegetable oil to a heavy bottom pan or iron skillet. Use an oil thermometer and heat to 350°. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and top with paper towels.
  3. Remove pickles from freezer and drop into the hot oil, a few at a time, not over crowding the pan. 
  4. Turn to brown on both sides, cooking until golden brown. 
  5. Remove to the paper towel lined baking sheet. 

Build the Burgers:

  1. Toast the buns if desired, add desired condiments and toppings.
  2. Add the burger patties and top with fried pickles.
  3. Add the top buns and serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftover burger patties wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1053Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 973mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 72g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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