What is a Juicy Lucy you ask? That is a great question. A Juicy Lucy is a hamburger where the cheese is stuffed inside. I know it sounds weird to have your cheese inside your burger but it is so good. Many cities have a food that they call their own. Kansas City BBQ, New York Style Pizza, Chicago Style Hot Dogs, and while many people have never heard of a Juicy Lucy, it is one of the things Minneapolis is known for. Once you have tried a Juicy Lucy you will never forget it, and if you share one with your friends they will think you’re the best. So now you can have a taste of Minneapolis without having to visit.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need a 4 inch ramekin, an offset spatula, and the grill.
NOTE: A ramekin is a small glazed ceramic or glass bowl used for cooking and serving various dishes. See picture below. You can find them at large retailers or grocery stores in the plate or cooking utensil section.
If you are not allowed to use the grill by yourself you can ask an adult to help.
ChefElla’s Juicy Lucy’s (4 Juicy Lucy’s)
1 lb. Ground Beef 80/20
-You can use ground chuck or sirloin, or whatever your store carries.
-You can substitute other meats including, lamb, veal, pork, a blend, or ground turkey.
8 oz. Cheese or other filling
-You can also mix other fillings with your cheese before you stuff it in your burger
4 ea. Hamburger Buns, Potato Buns, Kaiser Buns, Onion Buns, or Whole Wheat Buns
Juicy Lucy Optional Fillings
Cheeses: Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Feta, Goat, Fontina, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Velveeta, or your favorite
Other Fillings: Sautéed Onions, Bacon Crumbles, Bruschetta, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Mushroom Filling (duxelles), Onion Dip, Crab Dip, Jalapeno Dip, or any of your favorite dips or vegetables.
Or any of your favorite toppings. Use your imagination
3. To make your Juicy Lucy line your ramekin with plastic wrap. Split your ground beef into four equal pieces. Take one of the pieces of ground beef and split it into two unequal parts (1/3 and 2/3).
4. Take the 2/3 piece of meat and press it into the bottom of the plastic lined ramekin. Make a well in the middle of the beef and work the sides of the beef up the ramekin making a thick ring around the well.
5. Fill the burger well with your cheese or other filling.
6. Take the remaining 1/3 piece of beef and press it into a patty shape. Top the beef in the ramekin with your patty and press the beef firmly into the beef in the ramekin.
7. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water after handling raw meat. Turn the ramekin over on top of a plate. If the patty does not come right out, gently pull on the plastic wrap to help the burger come out. Repeat the process 3 more times.
8. Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
9. Place your burgers on the grill away from a flame or over a low flame. If you put the burger over a high flame the fat in the burger will make the fire flame up scorching your burgers.
10. Let the burger cook for 4-5 minutes. Do not press down on the burger or move it around unless the grill flames up.
11. Flip the burgers and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Cook a little longer on each side if you like your burgers more well-done. If you like to use a thermometer to check your burgers they should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.
Put your burgers on your bun and top with your favorite burger toppings. There is a special secret to eating a Juicy Lucy. The middle will ooze out when you take your first bite and it can be very hot. You might want to let your burger sit for a minute before you start eating.
Ella’s helpers can help in the kitchen by doing any of the following.
Line ramekins with plastic
Mold hamburger into the ramekins
Fill burger with cheese
Top burger with meat and create the patty