The Southern Burger Recipe with Fried Green Tomatoes

This post is sponsored by Price*s but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

So I wanted to share what is one tasty hamburger, completely southern throughout and rather “oh my, yum” all the way to that last bite, my Southern Burger favorite recipe.

Soft bun with the southern burger topped with fried green tomatoes and bacon.
Think of this hamburger as the house special, if you will.  This is not strictly a recipe as such , but more of a “try this, and you’ll be happy you did” kind of collaboration between two of my southern favorite foods, fried green tomatoes and pimiento cheese, plus a fair amount of smoked crispy bacon.

Usually, if you enjoy cheese on your hamburger, you’ll opt for slices of cheese, but adding a nice dollop of Price*s Original Pimiento Cheese Spread on there and it’s incredible what happens to that burger! It goes from just grilling hamburgers to grilling the best burger ever! I love grilled burger recipes and techniques, but I find myself always coming back to my favorite simple approach with the meat mixture and then going all out and maybe even a little crazy with the toppings.

Prices pimiento cheese in packaging beside a hamburger with toppings

Here’s your chance to sink your chops into one mighty southern burger, and you have my permission to say y’all and yesiree too if you’re feelin’ ever so inclined. It’s ideal for your summer BBQ!

A Southern burger recipe with lettuce on top and a side of potato chips

To add to your southern BBQ fun, don’t forget the sides, like my favorite Loaded and Smokin’ BBQ Baked Beans! Oh. My. Goodness. Yum!

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A Southern burger recipe with lettuce on top and a side of potato chips

Southern Burger Recipe

Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A Southern Burger recipe with plenty of pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes and crispy smoked bacon, makes for a tasty summer BBQ!


  • For the Burger Patties:
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 2 tsps Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • For the Fried Green Tomatoes:
  • 2 medium Green Tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Better Thank Bouillon Chicken or Vegetable flavored
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil, for frying
  • Toppings:
  • Price*s Pimiento Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Smoked Bacon, cooked until just crispy
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Pickled Okra, optional


For the Burgers:

  1. Prepare grill according to manufactures directions, about 325 - 350°F if using a thermometer, or your preferred temperature for grilling hamburgers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, liquid smoke, garlic powder, salt and pepper, use your hands to mix until well combined. Shape meat mixture into preferred sized beef patties, I like mine about 1 inch thick and just under the size of the hamburger buns I'm using. Cover and set aside until grill is ready. 
  3. Once grill is hot enough, slap those beef patties and grill until desired doneness, I usually aim for about 6 minutes per side. 

For the Fried Green Tomatoes:

  1. To make the fried green tomatoes, lay the slices out on a plate, pat dry with a paper towel, and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a heavy bottom frying pan or Dutch oven pour in oil until it's about 1 - 2 inches deep, or if using a deep fryer, add amount needed according to manufacturers directions and heat until 375°F.
  3. Create an assembly line: First bowl with the milk, egg and the bouillon whisked together. Second, a shallow bowl with flour, corn meal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder mixed together. 
  4. Add the green tomatoes to the milk mixture first, then dredge in the flour mixture until well coated.
  5. Using a metal slotted spoon with long handle or an Asian skimmer (spider strainer), place your coated tomatoes carefully into the preheated 375°F oil.
  6. Fry the tomatoes, about 4 slices at a time for about 2 - 3 minutes or until golden brown. (If using a frying pan or Dutch oven set-up, turn the tomatoes over halfway through the frying for even browning).
  7. On a third plate lined with a couple of layers of paper towels (or paper towel lined baking tray), allow the tomatoes to drain and sprinkle more salt and/or pepper over them while they are hot.
  8. Repeat process until all batches are done.

To Assemble:

After you've grilled your hamburgers and the tomatoes are ready, then you will top it off with a dollop of Price*s Pimiento Cheese, fried green tomatoes, some crispy smoked bacon and lettuce. Then serve with your favorite BBQ sides and enjoy!


If you're unable to find Better Than Bouillon, you can substitute 2 cubes/tsps of chicken or vegetable flavored bouillon. 

These also make great sliders, shape hamburger patties to size then top with a single fried green tomato, Bacon and Pimiento Cheese. 

Depending on appetites, I usually plan for 1/4 lb of meat per person (for smaller appetites) and 1/2 lb per person (for adult sized appetites). As for the seasoning quantities, I typically eyeball the recipe amounts. Just remember that it's easier to add seasoning later than it is to remove flavor, so don't go overboard with the salt and pepper.

A Southern Burger topped with pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes, lettuce and bacon.

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  1. You got me hungry looking at this scrumptious looking burger! It is packed with amazing flavor and the fried green tomatoes look yummy on the burger. Definitely my #burger goal now.

  2. Our tomatoes are just starting to come in, so excited to try my hand at fried green tomatoes. The crunchy tomato sounds SO delicious with the juicy burger. Love that your burger is very simply prepared – my favorite way!

    1. Thanks Lauren! I’ve tried so many versions of burgers, but this is my favorite way too!

  3. What a delicious burger! With all my favorite ingredients. Looking forward to try it next weekend!

  4. Not my taste, but it is so creative. My grandmother would go nuts over this with the fried green tomato, pimento cheese and pickles jalapeno!

  5. I am absolutely loving this burger! I’ve never made fried green tomatoes, but I could devour a whole tray of them myself 🙂 I just recently discovered Price’s pimiento cheese, and so now I’m going to have to make this burger

  6. As soon as I read okra and green tomatoes I immediately thought of my late Uncle from the South! Those toppings sound out of this world delicious on that burger!

  7. Here’s a confession: I actually have no idea what pimiento cheese even is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it for sale around here. I do love fried green tomatoes, though!

    1. Oh my goodness, well, pimiento cheese is a creamy cheese spread that makes a lot of southerners happy, lol. If you ever find it, give it a try even on a cracker. 🙂

  8. I love it all! I am a huge green tomato fan and pimento cheese is the bomb! You combined them into a burger of the summer for me! Totally delish! A huge BBQ hit!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous burger!! Super tasty and it doesnt get much more Southern than this. Perfect flavor combination and your recipes are spot on.

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