Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Both of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants near us have closed. Thankfully, I picked up a copy of Margaritaville: The Cookbook, so I can make some of my restaurant favorites at home. And that starts with making the signature burger, the Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Delicious old-school burgers with a few twists that make them unique and oh-so-yummy. These burgers are what burgers are supposed to be: moist, seasoned well, and topped with a sauce (and some juices) that drips down your arms with every bite.
Cheeseburgers in ParadiseI do admit that I used slightly less cumin than the original recipe called for. Anita’s not a big fan of cumin. The seasoning was still out-of-this-world fantastic. I always keep some on hand in an air-tight container for those times when I’m throwing some burgers on the griddle, which is often.

You might think that the dressing looks a lot like Thousand Island dressing. The addition of lime really makes it special and different.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef I prefer an 80/20 blend
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning blend see below
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 1/2 cup Paradise Island dressing see below
  • 4 buns split, lightly toasted
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 large tomato slices
  • Dill pickle slices

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon or slightly less, to taste cumin

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container.

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

For the burgers

  • Divide and shape the beef into 4 equally-sized patties. Season liberally with the house seasoning.
  • Cook as desired. I prefer to cook mine on a griddle over a hot grill, but you can also make them in a skillet.
  • Top each patty with 2 slices of the cheese.
  • Slather the buns with the dressing. Add the lettuce, patty, tomato, pickles and top bun.