Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

❤️ 🍔 Cheeseburger in Paradise 🍔 ❤️

A Big Warm Bun and a Huge Hunk of Meat
Medium Rare with Muenster’d be nice
Heaven on Earth with an Onion Slice
I like mine with Lettuce and Tomato
Heinz 57 and French-Fried Potatoes
Big Kosher Pickle and a Cold Draft Beer

I join Parrot Heads worldwide in mourning the loss of our beloved Jimmy Buffett.

Jimmy’s passing has truly saddened me, as I’m sure it has for many of you. His music has held an extraordinary influence over our lives, instilling in us the courage to embark on incredible adventures, and crafting countless cherished memories.

Oddly enough, in the wake of this somber news, I found myself drawn to the kitchen to prepare and savor a straightforward yet comforting cheeseburger—a symbolic tribute to “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

How To Make A Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett


ground beef (this huge hunk was almost 1/2 lb.)
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
olive oil
muenster cheese
lettuce leaves
tomato, sliced
onion, thinly sliced
large brioche hamburger bun, toasted
heinz 57
french fries
big kosher pickle
cold draft beer

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett


Season ground beef with salt and pepper. Form into a patty.

Heat a small amount of olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron pan. Add beef patty and cook until medium-rare, flipping once. Top with sliced Muenster cheese. Allow cheese to melt slightly.

Arrange bottom of warm brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Place beef patty on top. Cover with top of bun. Serve with Heinz 57, French-fried potatoes, a big Kosher pickle, and a cold draft beer.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

Fun Fact:

The line in the song “medium rare with Muenster’d be nice” is often misinterpreted as “medium rare with mustard be nice.” No mustard. Yes Muenster. 👍 🧀  Jimmy was a wordsmith (one of the best, actually), he wouldn’t write a song about a cheeseburger and leave out the cheese, would he?

(Source: via Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Read more about the confusion here).

The Magic

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

This morning I drove over to the market to get the few remaining items for my cheeseburger recipe. I returned to the car, and started the engine.  The very first words I heard were Jimmy singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise” on the car radio.

“Cheeseburger is paradise
Medium rare with Muenster’d be nice

Not too particular, not too precise
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well, good God Almighty which way do I steer”

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

As I was shooting the images for this post, I was listening to Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville.

In addition to digging up all my old Jimmy Buffett CDs from the garage, during the photoshoot I was thinking about adding some other props. I didn’t have a pirate flag, a parrot, or palm tree… but I did have my adorable, crusty old manatee carved by a fisherman years ago on an island in the Caribbean.

So Mr. Manatee ended up in the shoot with the cheeseburger.

“Believe It Or Not” the next song on the radio was “Growing Older But Not Up.”  And to my astonishment, there was Jimmy singing “Sometimes I see me as an old manatee, Headin’ South as the waters grow colder…”

May the magic never end.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

🌟 ❤️ 🌟  Rest in Paradise JB – Merci pour la Magie… 🌟 ❤️ 🌟

🦈   🦜 Fins Up Parrot Heads – We will weather this storm together. 🦜 🦈

🇺🇸 🎸 Update 🎸🇺🇸

Read my tribute to TOBY KEITH and his favorite
Fried Bologna Sandwich here.

7 thoughts on “Cheeseburger in Paradise: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett”

    1. Merci, FA! ❤️ A Labor of Love putting this tribute together. So happy to be able to honor our Jimmy…and thank him for providing us with great memories and endless inspiration. He’s our hero. The cheeseburger wasn’t bad, either…

  1. Hey Lori
    I did the exact same thing cooking the cheese burger and listening to SiriusXM margaritaville
    I miss those days with you in Aspen

    1. Not surprised the two of us did the same thing, Aldo. Those years in Aspen were very special. So neat that Jimmy was living there when we were…We could easily have been the Gypsies in the Palace! Miss ya, friend. ❤️ Lori

      1. Wow! I just saw your post and the Cheeseburger in Paradise looks wonderful and can’t believe the Manatee story. In addition, I couldn’t help but reply when you referenced living in Aspen when Jimmy did. I lived in Aspen ‘79-‘83 and had a chance to meet Jimmy. The best of times…thank you so much for posting! Fins Up Forever!

  2. I am going to have today a cheeseburger in paradise that I hope to find in Margaritaville! Love and eternally grateful for such a beautiful song. Love you Jimmy and RIP in heaven, slightly inebriated, singing to the angels!

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