For the Beer Battered Onion Rings and Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 1 vidalia or other sweet onion sliced about 1/4 inch thick and separated from each other into rings
  • 1 green tomato 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups cake flour divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup beer - I used Stone Brewery Smoked Porter
  • canola oil for frying several cups
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs

For the Pimento Cheese

  • 8 ounces extra sharp white cheddar shredded
  • 4 ounces orange sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup jarred pimentos

For the Burgers

  • 1 package of ground chuck mine was 1.4 pounds and made 5 burgers
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • Salt and pepper according to taste
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper sliced, optional
  • Hamburger buns I used onion rolls


  1. Combine 1 cup cake flour, egg, paprika, cayenne, and salt in a bowl
  2. Whisk in beer (batter will be somewhat lumpy), set aside for 30 minutes
  3. Combine all the pimento cheese ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined, set aside
  4. Prepare the burgers by combining all ingredients in a bowl and form into patties - I made 5 burgers about 1/2 inch thick, press an indentation into the middle of each one
  5. Cover burgers with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed
  6. Preheat oven to 200
  7. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet and set aside
  8. Pour canola oil into a heavy pan (I used a cast iron enamel coated Dutch oven) enough to be at least 3 inches deep
  9. Heat oil to 350 degrees preferably using a deep fry thermometer
  10. in separate bowls put remaining cup cake flour, panko, and buttermilk
  11. Take individual rings, dip into buttermilk, then beer batter, then flour, then beer batter, then panko
  12. Carefully drop into heated oil a few at a time until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes, then flip for another 1-2 minutes until both sides are golden brown
  13. Remove onions from oil with a wire spider/skimmer, set on prepared rack on baking sheet
  14. Keep warm in oven until ready to assemble burgers
  15. Repeat the same process with the tomatoes
  16. Heat cast iron skillet or grill over medium high
  17. Fry or grill burgers 3-4 minutes each side, depending how big they are and desired final temperature
  18. About 1 minute before removing from pan/grill, top each burger with prepared pimento cheese so it begins to melt
  19. Arrange buns on platter, add 1 pimento topped burger per bun, top with 1 fried green tomato, 1 or 2 onion rings, drop jalapeno slices in the center of the onion ring (if using), cover with bun top
  20. Serve with additional onion rings