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How To Make A Juicy Lucy Hamburger
What IS a Jucy Lucy??
A Jucy Lucy or Juicy Lucy as it is sometimes called (there is a war there, but we will get to that in a few minutes.) is THE most wonderful version of a cheeseburger ever created in my humble opinion and SO much fun to make with family and friends.
As defined by Wikipedia (yes, it has it's own entry and definition) A Jucy Lucy or Juicy Lucy is where "A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. This scalding hot cheese tends to gush out at the first bite, so servers frequently warn patrons to let the burger cool for a few minutes before consumption." And how true that is too!
The first time I made these was with my son and daughter-in-law and we had such a blast making them... but I still wonder if we didn't have more of a blast watching each other trying to eat them without making a mess! We even took pictures...
Why The Two Different Spellings??
The reason for the two different spelling versions of the name is because there are two different bars claiming the creation of this cheeseburger, Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club. Both bars are located on the same street in south Minneapolis and BOTH claim THEY created the burger - it's been an ongoing war for years.
So How Do I Make a Jucy Lucy??
- 2 lbs hamburger - uncooked
- 1 lbs sliced cheese (your favorite kind)
- dash salt
- dash pepper
Make a thin hamburger patty and in the center make a small indention or well, then place a couple of slices of your cheese right in the middle of the patty where you made your indention.
Place another thin hamburger patty on top of the one with the cheese on it and pinch the edges all the way around to seal in the cheese.
Now simply cook them as you would a normal hamburger. (you can either pan fry, broil or bar-b-q them) Personally I have found that pan frying is easier as you can control the cooking speed.
Note: You want to cook them a little slowly giving the cheese a chance to melt nice but not too slowly as once the cheese melts you want the burgers to be done otherwise the burgers can split and you start to loose your "lava effect" from the cheese. Timing is everything with the Jucy Lucy... She's fun, but she can be temperamental!
Use Your Imagination
There have been many reinterpretations of how to make the Jucy Lucy all over the nation ever since its debut. There's the Cajun Lucy - Jalapenos and Pepper Jack Cheese, The Juicy Blucy - Blue Cheese and Garlic, and my personal favorite the Mary Shelley (Author of Frankenstein) fried Bacon as well as cheese in the center and the bacon is visibly poking out from the sides.
The important thing is to have fun with it and use your imagination and remember - TAKE PICTURES when someone tries it for the first time - But do be careful and don't let them get burned... these are like biting into a lava cake. The cheese is gonna come rushing out fast!
Enjoy... and HAPPY EATING!
© 2012 Laura Rash