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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stuffed Burgers - aka Jucy Lucy

There is true controversy surrounding this burger.  The Jucy Jucy - Who created it?  Who made the first one?  The opinions vary.  It seems that there are two places in Minneapolis, MN that lay claim to inventing this beloved burger - The 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar.  The consensus, though, is that Matt's is where a cook "first sealed American cheese between to patties and slapped it on the griddle", back in 1954. I don't know who the true creator is and honestly, I really don't care because what I do know is this... if you have ever had a jucy lucy or something similar, it's almost hard going back to a regular old burger.  How can you not fall instantly in love with a burger that is oozing with melty, creamy, wonderful cheese????

A word of caution before I share this amazingly delicious and simple recipe with you:  Wait ... yep, I said it.. WAIT before biting into the patty and it's molten core.  Allow that bad boy to cool just a really don't want to burn your mouth on molten hot cheese - no matter how wonderful it might be :)

Stuffed Burgers
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
- Makes 3-4 burgers depending on how big you make them -
Printable Recipe 
1 1/12 pounds of ground beef (I used 85% lean)
4 slices American cheese
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 soft hamburger buns (I used Hawaiian Sweet hamburger buns)
Dill pickle slices, lettuce, tomato or whatever other toppings you desire

Divide the meat into 6-8 loose balls, then form into 1/4-inch thick patties.  Fold one slice of cheese into a small square; center it on a patty, leaving a 1/2-inch border of meat around the cheese.  Top with another patty.  Crimp and smooth out the edges of the two patties together, sealing the cheese inside.  Repeat with remaining meat and cheese to make a total of 3-4 burgers.  (This will all depend on how big of patties you make)

Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.  Place the burgers on direct heat and grill for 6-7 minutes per side.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 4-5 minutes.  Serve on buns and top as desired.  Be oh so careful with the hot, hot cheese!!  Enjoy!

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Yenta Mary said...

Oh, it was SO stupid of me to come visit you before I ate breakfast!!! Now this burger is all I want, the only thing that sounds good. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: temptress!!!

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Cranberry Morning said...

Thank you Jenn! This is dinner tonight. I took hamburger out of the freezer last night and put it in the refrig to thaw, but wasn't sure what to do with it. Now I know! And I'll have sliced tomatoes and sliced red peppers on the top. Unfortunately, all I have for bread is French bread, but that will work. YUM!! I've gotta click through to Angie's Recipes. Looks like she's stolen Lionel!!!

Big Dude said...

like you, I care not about the inventor, but they are good. The juicy Lucy name is new to me.

Mary said...

oh wow! What an awesome burger. I love this!

StephenC said...

I thought about buying some ground beef the other day. Now you done it - I must try this.

Pam said...

Excuse me while I wipe the drool of my keyboard. Seriously.

Pam said...

God bless whoever invented it! Yum!!! What a great burger!!! I like that you used 85% beef. Some friends use 95% and you can imagine what it's like on the grill...

Debra said...

We tried these once and they didn't work at all! I think I am going to read your directions carefully and try again!

teresa said...

i've seen these on tv before and have always wanted to try one. i love that you made them!

Candace said...

omg....that melty cheese is killing me!

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) said...

I don't care who invented it, I'd love one of these for breakfast! :) Looks wonderful Jenn.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

yum!!! though I have to say I'm partial to the ones at Adrian's Bar in Minneapolis. SOOO good!

Chris said...

Sorry I have been MIA and not commenting, we had a week and a half of traveling to Ohio, Florida 2x, and then Wisconsin.

Your burger looks fantastic. The best thing about this style of burger is once you start, the creative possibilities inside are endless.