Grill Series Part 2: Great Grilling Recipe

Juicy Lucy (a.k.a Jucy Lucy)

The Juicy Lucy (or also the Jucy Lucy depending on where you are in Minnesota) is one of the best burgers I have ever tasted in my 24 years of existence. If you want a great recipe to celebrate America’s Birthday with, then this is the one that you must try. And now, I present to you, the Juicy Lucy.

Prep Time: 20 – 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 – 10 minutes
Total Time: 28 – 35 minutes


  • Four (4) slices of American Cheese
  • 1 ½ pounds ground chuck, not frozen
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • hamburger buns
  • other condiments that you would like to add such as pickles, onions, ketchup, mustard, bacon, etc.


  1. Slice each piece of cheese into fours and stack them up four squares high; put them to the side.
  2. In a large bowl, put the meat, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and pepper together. Mix with your hands until the seasonings are combined
  3. Divvy your freshly mixed 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck into eight (8) equal portions
  4. Take two (2) of those individual portions and press them into ¼ of an inch thick patties
  5. Take one of cheese stacks and place it in the middle of one of the patties you just made
  6. Place the second patty you made on top, essentially making a patty sandwich with cheese in the middle
  7. Form both patties together, making a massive burger with cheese in the center
  8. Recreate steps 1-7 in order to make the remaining burgers
  9. Heat your grill or get the charcoal going to about medium high (375°F to 425°F)
  10. Once the grill is hot, put the patties on and cook until grill marks appear on the bottom, or for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Use a spatula to flip and repeat this for each burger
  11. Let cool. This step is important because you’re about to put MOLTEN CHEESE in your mouth, which will burn you. Believe me, I’ve done it before and it’s not pleasant – the burn that is. The burger is amazing.
  12. Put each burger on a bun and decorate it with your favorite toppings.
  13. Enjoy burger and remember that the Midwest is the best!

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