Pimento Cheese and Bacon Patty Melt

Homemade pimento cheese recipe that has been kicked up a notch with some jalapeños!  Makes the perfect topping for a simple patty melt!

This easy patty melt starts with a homemade pimento cheese recipe! www.lemonsforlulu.com

When I think of patty melts, I think of diners.  When I think of diners, I think of Mel’s Diner.  For those of you born in the 70’s you may remember the show Alice.  Yes, I must confess I used to love this sit-com, the reason why escapes me.

This is was stereotypical sit-come really.  Alice was a single mom, working hard for the money waiting tables all the while she was hoping to catch her big singing break.  The diner’s owner/chef, was Mel.  A big, gruff, chauvinistic guy who provided the tension for the show.  Vera was the mousey,  naive, weepy waitress who was the antithesis of the saucy, red-headed waitress, Flo.  What stands out most for me, was Flo of course.  She was a loud, gum smacking gal with her own tag line.  If she was flummoxed or upset she would put her hands on her hips and spout the line “well kiss my grits”.  I was hooked.  What can I say?

The thing of it is, being a kid AND a northerner, I had no idea what grits were.  It sort of gave me a disturbing mental image because to me as a child, the word grits were awfully similar to the word guts.  Hence, the disturbing mental image.  I wasn’t sure if what she was saying was appropriate for my delicate ears or if everyone went around saying this stuff!  The fake audience laughed every time Flo gave her line, so it couldn’t have been that bad.

Of course, as an adult with years of sit-com viewing behind me, I realize how campy and ridiculous it all was.  But I still like the name Flo and I still like diners!

This easy patty melt starts with a homemade pimento cheese recipe! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Which brings me full circle to my patty melt.  This was the BEST thing I’ve eaten in a very long time.  The pimento cheese is a white pimento cheese, because truthfully I love white cheddar.  I added jalapeno’s for heat and crunch.  The combination of the jalapeno and red pimento makes this an excellent cheese spread for Christmas!  Bonus!  Anyway,  this is the kind of sandwich where you need a bib and perhaps gloves.  The cheese is soft and melts right into the crispy bacon.  The grease of the perfectly cooked patty slowly drips down your hands as you try to keep it all together.  The patty and the cheese are bookended by toasted and buttered rye bread.  Oh my goodness.  I was speechless throughout the entire meal.  My face was so stuffed with patty melt.

The cheese is good enough to stand on its own.  As a matter of fact I ate it for lunch with crackers and bell peppers!  Yum!

If you need a little change from your ordinary burgers or grilled cheese, I recommend the pimento cheese patty melt!  Bring a little diner into your kitchen!

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  • Pimento Cheese and Bacon Patty Melt

    Prep Time: 2 hours

    Cook Time: 12 minutes

    Yield: 4

    Pimento Cheese and Bacon Patty Melt


    • For the cheese
    • 1 cup shredded white cheddar
    • 1 cup shredded pepper jack
    • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack
    • 1 cup mayo
    • 1 jalapeno diced
    • 1 T horseradish (optional)
    • ½ cup pimento, drained, diced
    • For the patty melt
    • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
    • salt, pepper
    • 8 slices bacon, cooked
    • 8 slices rye bread
    • 8 T butter
    • Pimento cheese


    1. Instructions
    2. For the cheese
    3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, stirring until well combined.
    4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    5. For the patty melt
    6. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Season beef with salt and pepper and divide into 4 patty’s about ¼ thick. Make sure they are longer and a bit wider than your bread.
    7. Working in batches if necessary, add burgers to frying pan and cook until browned, turning once. This should take about 4-5 minutes per side.
    8. To assemble:
    9. Spread pimento cheese onto each slice of bread. Top 4 pieces of bread with two slices of bacon, then your beef patty, followed by another piece of cheese topped bread (cheese facing the patty). Carefully butter tops of bread and lay, butter side down onto a non stick skillet. Butter the tops of bread. Brown sandwiches on each side until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.


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32 Responses

  1. Hello..coming by to visit via Voiceboks!

  2. I don’t know what it is but, like you, I really enjoy a good patty melt. When I visit back home, my soon-to-be 90 year-old Aunt and I will go out for lunch. Almost without exception, we order patty melts. Your pimento cheese spread sounds delicious and — dare I say it? — would improve an already sandwich great. Terrific idea!

    • You are too kind! Patty melts really are the best thing. Haven’t met one I didn’t like!

  3. My mouth is watering! The bacon in this sounds positively delish and I love pimento cheese but never get to eat it since my family is full of wussies :) this looks awesome!!

    • Ha ha! I live with a bunch of wussies too! Of course they are 8 and under, but still!

  4. I grew up in the south where a pimento cheese sandwich for lunch occurred often. But you patty melt takes the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary.

    • I could seriously eat pimento cheese every day!

  5. I absolutely love patty melts and I agree the pimento cheese sounds like an interesting twist- because I love pimento cheese too!

    • I don’t eat patty melts that often, but when I do, it will be like this!

  6. I’m stopping for a visit from Six Sisters’ Stuff today!
    I’m having so much fun visiting the participants of this blog linky party.
    So many wonderful and creative ideas.
    I was born in 1962 and I do remember Mel’s Diner. I also worked at a Friendly’s Ice Cream where they made an amazing Patty Melt. (grilled pumpernickle bread, swiss cheese, sauteed onions and I would add Thousand Island dressing)
    This one looks amazing.

    • Link parties have the best ideas!!! Thanks for visiting my little blog!

  7. I was already craving something meaty, greasy & delicious … You Are Killing Me! I so want this right now as a 9pm snack :)

    • My goal was to make your mouth water! Yippee, it was achieved! Thanks for stopping over!

  8. Patty Melts are some of my favorite sandwiches and I love the addition of pimento cheese! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon.

  9. Well kiss my grits! *-* This recipe is sooo ME – I love pimento cheese and all these amazing flavors together are making me drool. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

    • Ha ha!!! Please tell me you remember Flo??? I can say now, that I single handedly ate the entire bowl if pimento cheese (not in one sitting)!

  10. Oh my goodness. This looks amazing. Patty melts are my favorite diner food and this takes it to another level.

    • Oh my favorite diner food too!!!! This meal made me happy! Thanks for checking them out!

  11. Visiting from Naptime Creations
    As a Southerner, I think your childhood impression of grits is the cutest! Also as a Southerner, I think putting pimento cheese on a patty melt is a super idea.

    • Thank you!! I am new pimento cheese lover!!!! And it took me years to figure out what grits were. I’m not sure I’ve ever had them! Have a good recipe?

    • Of course I will, thanks for the party!

  12. Being a Southern girl, I love Pimento Cheese – how great is it to add it to a Patty Melt?! Yum! Definitely trying this! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can’t wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

    • I’m a new believer in pimento cheese! Where has this stuff been all my life!!! Thanks so much for visiting!

  13. I need this stat Tanya! pinned!

    • You do need this Paula! I know you are fan of Pimento!


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