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Here is a recipe for a...Juicy Lucy Burger.

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Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time:10 mins

Total Time:20 mins

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Servings: 4

____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____

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve Juicy Lucy's on buns with any additional toppings.  Careful on that first bite!  Enjoy!

____Recipe 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.