Do you see all that gooey cheeeese? Yes please! We’ve been eating juicy lucys all week and I have no guilt about my cheese and white bun shenanigans.
For several years now, there has been a hot competition where you can get the best juicy lucy in Minneapolis. What is a juicy lucy? It’s a cheeseburger with the cheese inside the burger which is exactly the best way to have a cheeseburger. The cheese is kept warmer and gooey than any other way you can have a cheeseburger. It’s sooooo good. Especially when you caramelize up some onions for on top mmm mmm mmm.
The 5-8 Club and Matt’s Bar is the main rivalry and having had both (I lived in Minneapolis for four years during dental school) I would say Matt’s Bar is the best. What made them great for me was the onions and how simple they were. They didn’t try to make it complicated. There’s one kind and you can get it with onions or not. End of story. The 5-8 Club has significantly more menu options but my burger just wasn’t as juicy or flavorful. That’s my two cents, but it’s been so long since I’ve been there, I might need to go back and do some more research
Juicy lucys are simple and can be put together in minutes. Just mix up your burgers, divide the meat and stuff it with cheeeeese as you can see below. The meat is on the moist side due to adding in eggs and Worcestershire sauce but it all comes out in the end. No need to fret.
Easy does it. I promise, totally doable. I used lean meat which when I added the spices and Worcestershire sauce was moist and flavorful, I didn’t miss the extra fat but of course if you use less lean meat it does make it more flavorful. Up to you.
They are on the thick side but don’t be tempted to squish them down or you could have cheese leaking out too much.
You want to get your onions nice and golden brown. When cooking the burgers: I like to do them on the stovetop on my cast iron skillet because I feel more in control of my final product and the typhoon took out our grill awhile ago. You want to get some char on them so that the inside gets cooked (they are thick) and because it just tastes good that way. You could easily do them on the grill outside as well.
And voila!!! Best burgers. Ever. You don’t need Matt’s Bar or 5-8 club, just some home cooking
- 6 slices American cheese
- 2 pounds ground beef****
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil for pan if cooking indoors
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil****
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- ½ Tablespoon salt
- 6 soft white hamburger buns, toasted
- ****As you are cooking, if it burns add a touch more
- ****I used lean beef and there was plenty of flavor with the spices, more fat will make for a more juicy burger but this is up to your preference.
- In a large bowl, add ground beef, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and lightly beaten egg. Mix until combined but do not overmix as meat can become tough.
- Divide meat into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a circle, about 4 inches in diameter. Cut or fold cheese into four equal pieces and stack on bottom part of patty, cover with top and seal edges, forming into a rounded disc shape.
- If you are using grill go ahead and cook them on your grill. If you are using stovetop, heat cast iron skillet over medium high heat and add ½ tablespoon olive oil. Heat oil to shimmering and add burgers. Don’t overcrowd the pan and cook in batches if doing this method. Be sure to let burgers cook well and have some char before flipping so the middle is cooked as well. When both sides are cooked, remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes before eating.
- Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add 1 T oil. When shimmering add onions and salt, cook for 5-7 minutes until they have some color and are tender. Remove from heat.
- Toast buns in oven or in clean, dried cast iron skillet over low medium heat for a couple minutes.
- Top burgers with onions and serve! Enjoy!!!!