This recipe is sponsored by ALDI
Summer isn’t summer without a good burger.
Er, scratch that. Summer isn’t summer without a good Juicy Lucy.
What is a Juicy Lucy?
A Juicy Lucy is a delicious hamburger stuffed with molten, bubbly, waterfalling cheese. That’s it. A burger stuffed with cheese.
If you are Minnesotan born and raised, you FOR SURE have eaten enough Juicy Lucys to have an opinion on all fronts: what kind of cheese should be used, should they be grilled or pan fried, and which dive bar does it best.
I am, conveniently, from Minnesota! And I have opinions:
- What kind of cheese? Straight up American. YOU NEED A SMOOTH MELT. Yes, you can use sliced cheddar or pepperjack in a pinch (or throw some jalapeños in with your American for a hybrid). A lot of people also like to use blue cheese, which makes it a Blucy. But the essence of a Juicy Lucy, in my opinion, is a creamy, smooth-melt, almost-liquid-like center of cheese. This isn’t the time for Mozzarella cheese pulls, okay?
- Grilled or pan fried? We do both in our house. Just depends on the day.
- Which dive bar does it best? I vote for The Nook. It’s in our little neighborhood corner of St. Paul and the dingy ambiance is everything a good dive bar should be. Plus, bowling alley in the basement. Seriously.
Juicy Lucy Ingredients
Beef, spices, American cheese. And some good brioche buns.
But, like, how do you stuff it with cheese?
It’s zero percent hard.
Make one smallerish patty, and one largerish patty.
Put the little hunks of cheese on the largerish one.
Put the smallerish one on top, and pinch up the edges.
What do you put on a Juicy Lucy though?
Whatever the heck you want.
I prefer a simple Juicy Lucy:
- Juicy Lucy (the beef and melty cheese part)
- pickled jalapeño
- sometimes tomato
- always ketchup
- maybe mayo
- and often ranch because, yes, I really am that Minnesotan.
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Happy summer BBQ-ing!
JUICY LUCY! A delicious hamburger stuffed with molten, bubbly, waterfalling cheese, all piled on a buttery toasted bun with all the fixings. The BEST.
Juicy Lucy Ingredients:
- 2 lbs. ground beef (I used Simply Natural Organic Grass fed Ground Beef from ALDI)
- 2 tablespoons burger seasoning (I used Stonemill Gourmet Burger Seasoning from ALDI)
- 6–12 slices American cheese (I used Happy Farms Deluxe American Cheese Slices from ALDI)
Juicy Lucy Extras:
- 6 brioche buns (I used Specially Selected Brioche Buns from ALDI)
- Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles
- Sauces: Ketchup, mustard, mayo
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- Mix the spices into the ground beef (I just mix by hand). Divide the beef into 6 even sections.
- Form each section into two thin patties (a smaller top patty, and a larger bottom patty). Place 1-2 folded pieces of cheese on the bottom patty, and place the smaller top patty over it, pinching up the edges to seal.
- Grill or pan fry for about 5 minutes, or until cooked to your desired doneness and cheese is melted. We usually sacrifice one Juicy Lucy and cut into it to test the doneness of both the beef and cheese.
- Let the Juicy Lucys rest for a minute or two. This is essential, otherwise the cheese will be so hot that it will literally come exploding out all over the place. I’m very serious.
- Serve on buns with your favorite toppings!
I find it very difficult if not impossible to go for a medium-done Juicy Lucy because if you limit the cook time on the burger, it’s hard to get the cheese hot enough to melt. Plus you don’t want to be sticking a meat thermometer into these because you’ll lose your delicious melty cheese. We usually just go for a more well-done burger (the patties on either side are thin so this happens relatively quickly) since we are chasing that delicious melty cheese center.
Definitely recommend toasting the buns! Just spread them with a little butter and either pop in the oven for a few minutes at 350, or place on the upper rack of a grill while the burgers finish.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: American
Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this post!
One more thing!
This recipe is part of our easy summer dinners page. Check it out!