Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese

Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese are just one of those things that had to happen eventually. McDonald’s in France (or Mac-Do, as they were called when I was living there) has been serving burgers on bagels for years, but I thought it was time for bagels, burgers, cream cheese, and pickles all to come together Stateside in one glorious summer perfect meal. These Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese are my submission for #BurgerWeek. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see other unique burgers from top food bloggers AND to learn how to enter for a chance to win one of two Broil King gas grills and multiple accessory packages! How perfect would it be to start the summer with a brand new shiny grill?

Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese #burgerweek

I know. I KNOW. It’s not OFFICIALLY summer yet. By my reckoning, though, any time we have three days in a row that measure over 80°F we are in summer, and around here, summer has arrived. In our house, that means as little cooking IN the house as is humanly possible. The grill is used for as many meals as we can cook on it or adapt to it. And bread? Yeah… we still need our daily, but we prefer it in a form that doesn’t require mama to fire up the oven; by we, I mean me. Enter bagels and tortillas. I haven’t yet figured out a way to make tortillas man up to the job of holding a burger, but bagels? Naturally. They’re sturdy, they’re round, and they’re delicious.

When I went to Manhattan last month, I didn’t want to bring my kids some NYC t-shirts or somesuch… I knew my kids would be happier with a bag full of really magnificent bagels. The morning of my departure, I hit a recommended bagel shop and cleaned out their everything and pumpernickel bagel bins.  I called my husband and proudly told him about my purchase. “Oh that sounds delicious, honey, but isn’t that going to smell pretty strong on the airplane?” he said.

“Um, maybe? But I’m all in now. I just bought way too many bagels to leave them behind in good conscience.” I said, and then hopped into the car that was taking me to the airport. That’s right. This girl stood in LaGuardia International  -which has apparently traded almost all seating for iPad tables- for an hour and a half with an extremely fragrant bag of still-warm onion, garlic, poppy and sesame seed bagels. I was a bit self-conscious about it, so I tried to hold still and not nudge the bag thinking that would prevent the aroma from escaping the top I had folded and cinched with such vigour. I did pretty well until my foot cramped up and I had to take a step… BUMP… waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaft went the smell. The woman next to me lifted her head and sniffed the air. She turned to her sister and said, “Do you smell, ” sniff sniff sniff, “bagels? Everything bagels?” I sheepishly said, “Oh, um. I’m sorry. That’s me.”

“Don’t apologize!” she exclaimed. “You’re making me hungry! I wish I’d thought of that!”

Who says New Yorkers are rude?

My thirty-odd bagels made it home just fine (minus the one I devoured on the airplane) and while we can eat a dent in any baker’s wares, we still had more than we could consume at breakfasts in short enough order to keep them fresh. We made like Mac-Do in France and bagel-ed our burgers to everyone’s satisfaction. The chewy, sturdy bagels ended up being the perfect vehicle for a beautifully grilled beef burger, and when inspiration struck and we smeared our bagel with our cream cheese based dill pickle dip, everyone was glad I’d braved the potential ire of fellow travelers to bring home our bagel booty.

Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese #burgerweek

Cook’s Notes

  • New York City bagels are indeed amazing, but I’m going to tell ya, don’t let a lack of NYC bagels stop you from eating this burger. Any good bakery bagel will do the job admirably. I recommend sticking with everything or pumpernickel for this particular combination, though.
  • When you make the Dill Pickle Dip, you’ll want to make it a touch on the thicker side. The recipe gives directions on how to do this. Oh, and double the recipe… Trust me.
  • Use whichever lettuce you love best on the burgers. I’m pretty keen on red and green leaf lettuces because it’s the perfect texture for me. Whether you love iceberg, romaine, or black-seeded Simpson the best, go for it!
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Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese
Ingredients per burger:
  1. Drizzle olive oil over the cut sides of the bagel. Toast, oiled side down, until the bagel is golden brown. Let it cool for 5 minutes, then assemble your burger by first spreading dill pickle dip generously on the bottom half of the bagel, stacking on a grilled burger patty, handful of greens or lettuce and the top half of the toasted bagel. Eat immediately!

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Check out today’s other fabulous #BurgerWeek contributions from top bloggers!

Burger Buns! from The Clever Carrot
Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger from Oh Sweet Basil
Fajita Burger from Bless this Mess
Campfire Breakfast Burgers from Jelly Toast
Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad from Cafe Johnsonia
French Onion Burger from Bakeaholic Mama
Reuben Burgers from All Day I Dream About Food
Chorizo Nacho Burger Sliders from Little Leopard Book


  1. says

    OMG…this story! It’s totally something I would do too and my husband would say the exact same thing as yours did. Food samples make the best presents! Way better than any t-shirt! And this bagel, looks great to me. Dill pickle cream cheese?!

  2. Jennifer says

    These sound wonderful. So maybe it isn’t strange that I’m gathering up bottles and jars of chow chow and eastern NC BBQ sauce to take home to family next month.

  3. says

    Why have I never put a burger on a bagel before? And I loooove pumpernickel. I’m doing this next time with that dill pickle cream cheese for sure.

  4. says

    Haha, I can’t believe you brought all those bagels on the plane. I would have been hard pressed not to steal one from you. But now all I can think of is the dill pickle cream cheese!

  5. says

    This is my first visit to your blog Rebecca, found you via the Burger Week round up! Such a wonderful archive of deliciousness right here… I can tell I’m going to be staying for a while 😉 Love this bagel burger. I’ve never eaten a burger between bagel halves before but now I’m wondering why! I’m in love with the colour contrast between that dark bagel and the creamy white cheese… yum! Thanks fir the recipe! xx

  6. says

    These look magnificent! Not sure if you’ve heard of Bruxie Burgers in Southern California (of course) — while visiting my son there last month he took me to Bruxie for juicy burgers served on the lightest, crispest, melt-in-your-mouth savory waffles! Word to the wise: their dessert menu features all manner of dressed up sweet waffles, including a creme brûlée / fresh strawberry combo that was fantastic!


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