Tabbouleh Burger | Dixie Chik Cooks

The Best Gourmet Cheeseburger

This Gourmet Cheeseburger is a big, fat, beautiful burger with just a few cast of characters at play here. There’s tabbouleh, which isn’t that out of the ordinary with tomato and parsley, and there’s a cheese sauce that may or may not contain blackberries. Then, there’s chopped cured pork shoulder in the burger, which is similar to prosciutto. 

If there’s anything I absolutely love, it’s a food challenge.

I contribute to a group called Burger Month, another amazing idea of Kita Roberts. Each month she sends an email with a few ingredients that must be used in the burger creation. June’s ingredients were spinach, radishes, lemon and whole cream. At first, I was so not excited – I absolutely hate radishes.

However, I don’t back down from a challenge.

As a matter of fact, I make it my bitch.

This gourmet burger was seriously an unexpected delicious beauty.

It’s most definitely a gourmet cheeseburger.

The Best Gourmet Cheeseburger

I incorporated the radishes, diced teeny tiny, into a fresh tabbouleh that was surprisingly so damn good. The lemon was also part of the tabbouleh.

I’m sure you’re wondering what I did with the spinach; it’s IN the burger, which worked like a fat little charm.

I also chopped dry, cured pork shoulder and incorporated that into the burger, as well. This wasn’t your typical pork shoulder; it’s paper thin like prosciutto. I have never seen this before in my life; but Publix now carries it and I had to try it.

Here’s the brand, Volpi, check it out.

cured pork shoulder copy

I have made burgers in the past with chopped pepperoni, which turned out so well, so I figured this may take this burger to the extra level.

The last of the ingredients that I needed to incorporate was the whole cream.

That’s the luscious cheese sauce.

The Best Gourmet Cheeseburger

This is a sharp cheddar blackberry sauce. It works – don’t ask me how. All I know is that it’s delicious.

All the elements are here – spinach, radishes, lemon, and whole cream.

Here’s your printable –

Tabbouleh Burger with Smoked Pork Shoulder and Blackberry Cheese Sauce
Yield: 4 burgers

Tabbouleh Burger with Smoked Pork Shoulder and Blackberry Cheese Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A gourmet-style burger with a seriously good cheese sauce, blackberries, and tabbouleh.


For the Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or sirloin
  • 2 strips smoked pork shoulder (If you can't find it substitute prosciutto)
  • 9 oz. spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Moore's Original Marinade
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 4 burger buns, split

For the Tabbouleh

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced small
  • Handful radishes, diced small
  • 1 tomato, diced small
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced small
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

For the Cheese Sauce


  1. Combine ground chuck or sirloin, to a mixing bowl, along with Moore's, spinach, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and form into four burgers.
  2. Combine tabbouleh ingredients in a bowl and salt to taste. Refrigerate until burgers are ready.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, whisk flour and water together to make a slurry.
  4. Melt butter over medium heat, add slurry and whisk to combine.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to medium low and stir until melted. Cover and keep on low until burgers are done.
  6. Pan fry or grill burgers until done to your likeness.
  7. Build burger by starting with Bibb lettuce, tabbouleh, burger, top with cheese sauce.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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