We were first introduced to the Juicy Lucy when visiting The Nook in Minneapolis. We saw The Nook featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network and knew we had to try it out the next time we were in the city and we are sure glad we did! Sadly, we live 3 1/2 hours away so I had to attempt to make these at home. Turns out they are very simple and really delicious!
So I’m sure many of you are asking “what is a Juicy Lucy?“ It is a burger with American cheese stuffed inside…how could you go wrong? There are two bars in Minneapolis that claim to have created the Juicy Lucy, Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club. I don’t care who invented it, I just want to eat it!
First, divide the meat evenly into six equal size patties.
1 lb. ground beef (I recommend 80/20)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 slices of American cheese (such as Kraft singles)
1. Heat grill over medium high heat. Mix the beef, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Divide evenly into six portions then flatten into circles that are the same size.
2. Fold each piece of cheese into fourths. Place them in the middle of three of the patties.
3. Place the remaining 3 patties over the cheese and seal the edges tightly.
4. Place burgers on grill. Flip the burger then poke the middle several times with a toothpick. This releases any steam so that the cheese doesn’t ooze out. Cook to desired temperature.