A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Cooking Mama
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Form 8, thin patties from the beef. Each patty should be slightly larger than a slice of cheese.

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  • Cut each slice of American cheese into 4 equal pieces; stack the pieces. Sandwich one stack of cheese between 2 ground beef patties. Tightly pinch edges together tightly seal the cheese within the meat. Repeat with the remaining cheese and patties.

  • Preheat a cast-iron or other heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers until well browned, about 4 minutes. It is common for burgers to puff up due to steam from the melting cheese. Turn burgers and prick the top of each to allow steam to escape; cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside; about 4 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.

Cook's Notes:

For the juiciest burgers, be sure your ground beef is at least 20% fat.

Did you make a tight seal? I hope so, because it needs to be TIGHT to avoid a cheesy eruption as the cheese melts, creates steam, and tries to find its way out.

You can also fire up a medium-hot bed of coals and cook these on your backyard grill.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

593 calories; 37.5 g total fat; 131 mg cholesterol; 1143 mg sodium. 23.4 g carbohydrates; 38.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
Minnesota's contribution to the culinary world! Don't forget to let this gem sit for a few minutes before taking your first bite, or you will have molten lava dribbling down your chin. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2010
I have made these before. They are good with Blue Cheese. Try making with your favorite cheese and you will like it. Read More
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228 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
Minnesota's contribution to the culinary world! Don't forget to let this gem sit for a few minutes before taking your first bite, or you will have molten lava dribbling down your chin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
Minnesota's contribution to the culinary world! Don't forget to let this gem sit for a few minutes before taking your first bite, or you will have molten lava dribbling down your chin. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2012
The recipe is very good as it is, but fantastic if you double the wochestershire sauce and I like to use 2 tsp of montreal steak seasoning in place of the garlic salt and pepper. Two very important things - it is absolutely critical that you leave enough room on the edges to get a good seal. If the cheese runs out, not near as good. And by the way, if the cheese does start to run out, its done! Get it off the grill or pan before you lose your cheese! I tried to make this a little healthier with 94% lean burger....not near as good as when I made the exact same recipe with 80% lean. You need the fat and grease for a great burger. BTW - I saw 1 review that gave 1 star because the cheese leaked out (user error) and 1 gave a low rating because the recipe has a lot of fat. REALLY? Rate on the quality of the recipe, not on your ability to cook or you opinion of what is healthy or not. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2010
Just about the best burger ever. Saw the recipe on a food showdown recently. Introduced it to my husband today for lunch and he was impressed. Fresh ground beef is a must. We like 2 pieces of cheese per burger. A little messier but oooh sooo worth it. Keep the napkins handy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2010
I have made these before. They are good with Blue Cheese. Try making with your favorite cheese and you will like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
Needed a new burger idea so I turned to "the buzz" for a fast recommendation and this was the only one that was suggested- ( NOT a recipe that would have caught my eye). I followed the recipe as directed except with lean beef because that's what I had on hand. I was a bit concerned about all of the "ooze" warnings so I smashed the patties out on waxed paper between two salad plates so the thickness would be as uniform as possible and turned the edges like a pie crust to seal. Surprisingly none of the cheese blew out it almost "absorbed" into the burger. Served it on toasted Portuguese rolls with leaf lettuce tomato and red onion. I had some "In-a-Pinch Ketchup" in the fridge (recipe I found on AR) and the flavors complimented perfectly. These burgers are sooo "slap your mama" good (no offense "Cooking Mama"!) and we just can't wait to try them on the grill!....Thanks for sharing this one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2010
If it is anything like Matt's Famous Juicy Lucy - they will be fabulous! The recipe sounds just like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2010
I liked the idea of putting the cheese inside the burgers; makes them neater! Instead of the garlic salt and black pepper I used Montreal Steak Seasoning. We both liked these and would make them again but next time I want to try them with pepper jack. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/29/2010
Somehow my initial review was deleted. I basically said what another person said i.e. "heart attack on a bun " although I wouldn't make quite so drastic an evaluation. However due to its high calorie and high fat content this is the sort of thing that should be eaten sparingly. I used very very lean ground beef and low fat cheese which helped to mitigate some of the unhealthier attributes of this burger. Having eaten one just a few days ago I won't have another for probably six months. Just too much fat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2010
Great way to do burgers. I do similiar with Meat Loaf; half ground beef mixture (I also add a little squirt of Mustard and BBQ Sauce) on bottom of loaf pan then lots of layers of Cheese then top off with rest of beef. Pinch layers together to seal Cheese in. Read More
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