Peanut Butter Burgers with Slim Jim Fries and Chocolate Malted Milkshakes

by Erin

During my undergraduate career at Ohio State in Columbus, OH I met and became friends with a lot of people from the state of Ohio. However, despite this I never met anyone that ever heard of the famous peanutbutter from Bearden’s in West Cleveland. I even asked those whom I know are from that area and they were clueless. Apparently the next time I visit those friends we will have to fix that issue and hunt down that restaurant. In the meantime, I made it at home!

This burger is proof that I have a deep love for peanut butter and will put it on just about anything. Yes you heard me. Peanut butter melting on top of a burger was as glorious and a gooey peanut butter cookie fresh out of the oven – at least to me. But the burger is only a part of an entire meal. It is the star but there are other necessary players in order to complete this belly-fulfilling-journey. Emphasis on the FILLING.


What’s a burger without fries? I personally prefer my fries to be crispy and often order my fries to be double fried at restaurants, but these slim fries are baked which means they are a little healthier and easier to control how crispy they get. Of course being slim fries they got crispy faster than thick fries would, which was also fine by me! Definitely a good fry recipe for all kinds of burgers.


Last but not least there’s the milkshake. Paired with a peanut butter burger it’s a no-brainer to choose chocolate. Unless you are me and tend to not enjoy chocolate shakes. However, in this situation paired with the peanut butter, it was perfect. Especially with the malted powder, which I used vanilla instead of chocolate just due to my personal preferences. I did drizzle some fudge sauce over the top but I think it would’ve been prettier if I had put a dollop of whipped cream on top first.

Chocolate Malted Milkshake

Overall, this was a fantasticly indulgent meal and much needed fat-kid food to sooth my recent stress levels. Would I put peanut butter on my burger again? You bet I would! Maybe next time I will get daring and do it with cheese too.

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Serves 4



1 lb. ground beef

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

8 slices cooked bacon, optional (I used turkey bacon)

4 burger buns, toasted


3 lb. russet potatoes, peeled (if desired) and sliced into 1/4-inch strips

3 Tbsp olive oil

1-1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1 tsp pepper


4 cups chocolate ice cream (I used double churned low fat)

1 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate malt powder

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Whipped cream and hot fudge sauce, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top of each. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.
  2. Add ground beef to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Form into four equal patties and then let sit at room temperature. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss the fries with olive oil. Add the seasoned salt and pepper and arrange the fries in single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, flip over each fry, then bake for another 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness.
  4. About 15 to 20 minutes before the fries are ready, grill the burgers about 4 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove from the grill and cover with foil.
  5. For the milkshakes, in a blender, combine the ice cream, malted milk powder and vanilla. Add the milk, a quarter cup at a time, blending between each addition, until the desired consistency is reached. Divide between four glasses and top with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce if using.
  6. To assemble burgers warm the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place a burger on its bun and top with warmed peanut butter and 2 slices of bacon if desired and add the top of the burger bun.
  7. Serve the burgers fries and milkshakes!

Source: Half Baked Harvest


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Foodpick SMS July 27, 2013 - 2:31 am

A burger with a peanut butter ?? wow i’ll definitely try this one. This makes me curious of what the taste it will be, this seems intriguing. I will really try making this, thanks to the recipe you have provided :)
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Tracey July 24, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Haha, I love you – now this is some serious peanut butter love! I’ll admit I’m not sure I’m brave enough to put pb on a burger, but before the summer is over I will try to find the courage.

spiffycookie July 25, 2013 - 7:50 am

Try it, you seriously won’t be sorry.

Laura Dembowski July 24, 2013 - 10:35 am

This meal would so be worth the extra hour or two at the gym the next day! The fries are seriously impressive. Very hard to get that kind of even browning in the oven.

GiGi Eats Celebrities July 23, 2013 - 9:45 pm

OMG a burger with peanut butter?!?!?!?!?!? I have NEVER even THOUGHT of that combination. You may it look delicious!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 23, 2013 - 7:52 pm

OMG! Your in sane and I love it! I bet this was good! I wish my Husband would eat meals like this!! This looks so darn amazing!!

Doris Henson July 23, 2013 - 6:18 pm

A few months go I was reading my FB feed and someone on there mentioned that she had tried a burger with peanut butter on it and she said it was “life changing”. Now I thought…how damn crazy can she be. BUT, it just so happened that my husband had purchased burgers the night before from a fast food place and there was one in my fridge…so at lunch time I decided to try it. I LOVED IT!!! Now I can’t eat a burger without peanut butter on it!! In fact…I had one just today!!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 23, 2013 - 5:32 pm

This Ohioan is also clueless of Beardens!! How is that??!


I like it.

spiffycookie July 24, 2013 - 7:49 am

I feel like I need to round up my Ohioans and find this place.

natalie@thesweetslife July 23, 2013 - 3:28 pm

ha i tried this in college once–it wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be!

Emily @ Life on Food July 23, 2013 - 2:05 pm

I am not sure about the burger but one of my most favorite sandwiches is a grilled cheese peanut butter and jelly. If you like the burger now I can only imagine it would be better with cheese.

kita July 23, 2013 - 7:20 am

I need to try a peanut butter topped burger in the worst way!
PS, I love my fries crispy and baked. Mmm

Megan July 23, 2013 - 7:05 am

As crazy as this sounds, I think I would really like this flavor combo!!


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