Juicy Lucy Recipe

Recipe- The Juicy Lucy

My husband and I grew up in different areas of the country. Getting to know one another as newlyweds, you learn more about each other, specifically, things that are NOT common knowledge to the other. Last week I told my husband that I would make him a “Juicy Lucy” for lunch and he looked at me with wild befuddlement.

Realizing that not everyone grew up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I thought I’d share a Minnesota Summer Favorite!

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The essence of the Juicy Lucy… It is basically an inside out cheeseburger… the good stuff is in the middle. you know when you build a burger and everything slides out of place and onto your plate (or hand or lap if you’re like me!)?  Well, by putting most of the ingredients on the inside, you avoid those summertime wardrobe disasters in a very delicious way!

So here it goes… the “Juicy Lucy”.

Ingredient List:


  • 1lb of lean ground beef (thawed)
  • Green onions (or dried onions…no need to be fancy)
  • Cheese (your choice.. I like cheddar or pepper jack)


  • Splash of Soy Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Mesquite Spices
  • Dollop of Horseradish

Feeling Fancy? 

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion


  1. Fire up the grill, or if it’s winter (as it is 9months out of the year in MN) put the oven on broil with the broiler pan in the oven.
  2. Mix spices and soy sauce in a bowl. Then mix ground beef until spices are thoroughly blended into the meat.
  3. Separate meat in half. With the first half, instead of patties, form shallow “bowls” to fill with ingredients.
  4. Fill the 4 “meat bowls” with cheese, onions, and if you choose, your “fancy” toppings… though I still prefer mine with lettuce on the outside!
  5. Cover the filled bowls with remaining beef and roll into baseball sized spheres, making sure on the inside ingredients are cover.
  6. Place on grill or broiler and slightly press down with spatula to form patties. Cook for 5-7 mins until brown.
  7. Build your burger how you like and enjoy!!!

Many Blessings and Enjoy!


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