Make burgers even more tempting by stuffing them with cheese. If you haven't had a Juicy Lucy Burger yet then you NEED to make one soon!
As my sister-in-law, Lucy was staying with us I felt I should make her a meal named after her. Well, someone named it after a Lucy somewhere, surely?
But What is a Juicy Lucy Burger?
A juicy Lucy burger is simple a burger where the cheese is in the centre of the beef patty rather than on top. It's like a a cheeseburger but the cheese is in the middle. So, when you bite into it, you get a gorgeously runny cheesy deliciousness oozing out. Can you imagine that? Don't you just want to run and make them straightaway?
Are Juicy Lucy Burgers a Faff to Make?
I often make burgers and never, ever buy them so I wondered, how hard it could be to just add a delicious hunk of cheese to the centre? It turned out to be almost no more effort than my normal burgers. They may be a little more calorific, but that's certainly no problem as an occasional treat.
The only thing you have to be careful of is to press the sides of the burger patties together really well. They can split easily as they are cooking and If there are any gaps you may loose the cheese! Luckily I used a smoked cheese that did not run out but some cheeses might get lost completely.
It would be a shame but not a total disaster. After all, you can still top the burgers with cheese if that happens!
Can you Adapt these Juicy Lucy Burgers?
These burgers are pretty simple. You could vary them by using different cheeses. If you're a fan of blue cheese then that would be a fabulous twist.
I mixed some chipotle chilli into the beef for my burger patties. You could use something else such as a different chilli or a barbecue sauce. You could add some diced herbs to give them a fresher flavour. Or you could just add a touch of salt and pepper to the beef and leave it at that.
Can you omit the egg?
You don't have to add egg to burgers but the egg in these ones helps the beef to keep its shape and to keep the cheese in! If there was no egg, the cheese would almost certainly leak out.
What to serve these Cheesy Burgers in?
I won't judge you if you buy some bread rolls but if you're feeling like pushing the boat out, why not make your own burger buns as well? These easy white bread maker burger buns are actually really simple to make and have very little hands on time.
Juicy Lucy Burgers Recipe
Juicy Lucy Burger
- 400 g minced steak
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tsp smokey ready-chopped chipotle chilli
- 3 pieces cheese about 1cm thick
- 3 burger buns
- Mix all the burger ingredients well with your hands until well combined.
- Divide into three. Divide each one in half again. Press flat.
- Place a piece of cheese on each half and top with the other burger half. Mould the two halves together around the cheese. Leave to rest for half an hour in the fridge.
- Fry each burger for about 5 minutes on each side.
- Serve with the burger buns, potato wedges and a choice of fillings.
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