Fried Pickle Burger

This is the best burger you’ve never tried.

Looking to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day today, but are tired of the same old boring hamburger? It’s time to try a fried pickle cheeseburger! Holly Morgan is talking with Chef Steven to get his unique take on this classic.

Full Fried Pickle Cheeseburger Recipe:


1 pound lean ground beef

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 (3/4-ounce) slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Red onion rings, if desired
  • 6 McClure’s Spicy Dill pickles, cut in half
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Ranch Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in bowl; mix well. Refrigerate.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Pat pickle slices dry on paper towel; set aside. Combine egg and water in bowl; beat well. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper in bowl. Place bread crumbs into another bowl. Coat pickle slices with flour mixture; shake off excess. Dip pickle slices into egg mixture; press into bread crumbs. Place in single layer on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake, turning once, 25-30 minutes or until crisp and light golden brown. Remove from oven; set aside. Heat gas grill to medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.
  5. Form ground beef into 4 patties; season with salt and pepper. Place patties onto grill.
  6. Grill, turning once, 10-14 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 160°F and meat is no longer pink in center.

Top each burger with 2 slices cheese; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Place cut-sides of buns onto grill. Grill until toasted. Spread 1 tablespoon ranch dressing onto each toasted bun half. Place burgers onto bottom half of bun; top with 3pickle halves, red onion slices, if desired and top half of buns.