Have you ever tried a Juicy Lucy or as some might spell it, Jucy Lucy? It's a classic in Minneapolis and let me tell you, it lives up to its name! I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with you! I'm making it really simple and plain but don't let that fool you because this cheeseburger is packed with great flavor. Next time I make this, I'm going to be add more toppings but for now, I'll keep it simple and juicy. Since I first heard about it, I've been wanting to test it out and see if it was as good as everyone keeps saying. So if you want to make a juicy Lucy of your own, follow the step by step instructable below or watch the video tutorial here:
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
Step 2: Scale
Scale the beef into 4 oz portions. This recipe requires (2) 4.0 OZ patties for (1) burger. Place each 4 ounce on a small piece of parchment paper.
Step 3: Smash
Smash the patties thin between two sheets of parchment paper. You want the patty to be 1/4 to 1/2 inch bigger than the bun because it will shrink when cooking.
Step 4: Add Cheese
Fold the cheese into quarters and place in the center of a patty. Be sure to place the cheese in the middle of the patty and leave some space around the sides because you do not want the cheese to escape or seep through while cooking.
Step 5: Add the Second Patty
Place another patty on top and press to seal the edges. Form the patty to even the shape, so the hump in the middle isn’t drastically larger than the sides. Taking the top patty, evenly align with the bottom then use a simple "crimping" method to crimp the beef together and make sure that the cheese is entirely enclosed.
Step 6: Rub
On one side of the patty, rub a small amount of Worcestershire sauce on the burger patties. Season with salt and pepper to your liking and leave the other side for when it's on the skillet.
Step 7: Grill
Heat up cast iron skillet, once hot add butter to cast iron skillet and cook the burgers until a nice crust is formed about 5-8 minutes. While cooking on the first side you can add the salt, pepper and Worcestershire to the unseasoned side.
Step 8: Flip
Then flip and add another slice of cheese on top of patty and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 150 F-155 F about 5 minutes.
Step 9: Grill Buns (Optional)
If you wish, brush your burger buns with the room temperature butter. Toast on the cast iron until just golden brown (this step is optional). Remove the buns and patty from the skillet and assemble.
Step 10: Admire
Admire, because enjoying this just isn't enough. (This would be a great time to take some good pictures for social media for some bragging rights later)
Step 11: Juicy Lucy Time!
With a name like Juicy Lucy, it's quite easy to see why this cheeseburger lives up to the name. Just a gentle squeeze makes all the juice and cheese pour right out.
Step 12: Video Tutorial
If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!
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