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Dixie Beef Burgers With Chowchow Spread

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep time 30 mins
Grill time 16 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
We loved the slightly sweet Chowchow Spread and the tangy Banana Pepper Spread on these burgers. Make both and let guests choose.


  • 1 (13.5-oz.) package frozen onion rings
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 (8-oz.) package country ham biscuit slices
  • 4 sourdough hamburger buns, split
  • 4 green leaf lettuce leaves
  • Chowchow Spread
  • or Banana Pepper Spread

How to Make It

  1. Prepare onion rings according to package directions; keep warm on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan at 200° up to 20 minutes.

  2. Stir together tomatoes, honey, cider vinegar, 1/4 cup onion, and 1/4 tsp. salt.

  3. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Gently combine beef, pepper, and remaining 1/4 cup onion and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl until blended, using hands. Shape mixture into 4 (4-inch-wide, 3/4-inch-thick) patties.

  4. Grill, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until beef is no longer pink in center. Grill ham slices 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly crisp. Grill buns, cut sides down, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  5. Layer each of 4 bun halves with lettuce, burger, Chowchow or Banana Pepper Spread, grilled ham slices, and an onion ring. Spoon tomato mixture into centers of each onion ring. Top with remaining bun halves. Serve with remaining onion rings.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Alexia Onion Rings with panko coating.

  7. Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina