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Juicy Lucy Burger

Famous Juicy Lucy Burger of Twin Cities fame, cheese stuffed ground beef patty, with or without jalapeños, cooked on the stovetop or grill.
Course Burgers, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Juicy Lucy burger, famous Twin Cities Juicy Lucy, cheese stuffed burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef (preferably chuck)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • Pickled jalapeño slices (optional)
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns (or regular buns)
  • Optional toppings for serving, such as lettuce, tomato and onion

Instructions

  • To the ground beef, add Worcestershire, salt and pepper and mix to combine.  Divide beef into eight equal portions and form gently into balls.  One portion at a time, place ball on piece of plastic wrap, fold over, and flatten into a disk with your hands.  It doesn't have to be perfect, but they should all be the same size patties.
  • Tear each slice of American cheese into 4 pieces/squares.  Place 4 torn pieces on the centers of 4 patties.  If desired, add 2 to 3 slices of pickled jalapeños on top of cheese.  Place another patty on top and then with fingers, pinch and seal all around the edges, completely sealing the cheese in all 4 burgers.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or fire up the grill.  Cook burgers about 3 minutes a side for medium-rare, a little longer for medium.  Remove to a plate and tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, lightly toast/grill buns.
  • Serve Juicy Lucy's on buns with any additional toppings.  Careful on that first bite!  Enjoy!

Notes

  • I don't recommend lean ground beef, for these or any burger.  Use ground chuck (or 85% lean)
  • This recipe makes 4 half-pound burgers.  You can make the portions a little smaller if you like, 10 portions of beef yielding 5 burgers.
  • We like brioche bakery-style buns which are readily available in our supermarket.  Regular or sesame seed hamburger buns are great also.