The first time I had an olive burger was at The Keyhole Bar in Mackinaw City years and years ago on the way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was basically a patty of ground beef with a green olive and mayo topping. We both loved it and through the years have made versions of it often. A little research found that this type of burger is particularly popular in Western Michigan. My favorite version is this one with a combination of olives and a burger that is made with beef and pork. —inpatskitchen
Chop the olives coarsely by hand or place them in a mini food processor and pulse them until coarsely chopped.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the olives and mix the rest with the mayo. Refrigerate the olive mayo mixture until ready to serve.
For the burgers and putting it all together
Combine the ground chuck, ground pork, the half cup of chopped olives and the black pepper. Shape into 4 patties and place on a pre heated grill over medium /high heat. Grill until cooked through. During the last minute or two of cooking, place a slice of cheese over each patty to melt a little. (alternatively there is no reason why you can't cook these on a griddle or frying pan...just melt a bit of butter and/or oil in the pan first)
Slather some of the olive topping on each side of the cut buns. Place a burger and a little lettuce over and cover with the top bun.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!