Grilled meats are a favorite for my family, which is not surprising considering I’m the only woman in the house. It isn't that I don’t enjoy grilling or eating grilled foods, it’s about the need for meat. Do you know what it is like to be surrounded by carnivorous “meat and potato” men? My father is the worst kind of male carnivore, one who detests chicken! As a chicken fanatic, I consider it meat even though formally it’s poultry. One night while living with us, Dad abruptly blurted out, “Chicken for dinner, I’m sick of damn chicken. I want beef, a steak!” Hubby was taken aback, I simply continued with dinner, shaking my head... that’s my dad! At least, hubby and my sons are not beef only carnivores like dear old dad. Recalling the not so long ago story, we both laugh and wish he was able eat a Jucy Lucy burger with us this Father's Day.
To honor my carnivores on Father’s Day, I decided grilled Bacon Stuffed Jucy Lucy Burgers for #SundaySupper would be perfect. A happy Father’s Day around the family table!
Bacon Stuffed Jucy Lucy Burger
1 1/4 poundsGround beef
4 slicesAmerican cheese (Kraft Singles)
4 - 6 slicesMaple Smoked Bacon
McCormick Mesquite Grill Seasoning
1 - 3 Tbsp.Olive Oil
1Sweet Vidalia Onion
8 ozs.Fresh Mushrooms
Cook the bacon crispy. Allow to drain on paper towels and cool while preparing the hamburgers for assembly.
Jucy Lucy Burger Assembly - Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a ball. Working with one ball at a time divide in half and flatten them into a circle. Fold a slice of cheese in half twice, making a small square. Place in middle of the burger patty. Cover the cheese with bacon crumbles and place the other patty on top. Pinch the edges together, making sure to seal them. Repeat until all 4 burgers are ready. Season the tops with grill seasoning or salt and pepper.
Grilling - Pre-heat the grill to a medium high heat (about 400). Grill the burgers over indirect heat, turning only once during cooking. Remove to a plate, cover with foil, and allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Assemble burgers and serve with you favorite toppings.
Jucy Lucy Hamburger Toppings - Slice mushrooms and onion and place in bowl. Drizzle with Olive Oil, toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and grill seasoning. Add to a grill box or cast iron pan for grilling or saute after burgers are grilled and resting.
Grilled Jucy Lucy Burger Notes
The Jucy Lucy burger originated in Minnesota. The history is similar to that of the Philly Cheese Steak where two restaurateurs claim to be the originator.
Using processed cheese slices produce the most gooey, delicious cheese effect
My first attempt resulted in leaky cheese so be mindful when you seal the burgers.
It is typical for a bulge to be present after sealing the burger patties.
Be careful upon first biting, the cheese might be hot and definitely messy
The Jucy Lucy is a versatile burger so use your foodie imagination.
Our favorite Jucy Lucy to date is served on a bed of lettuce and topped with fresh cilantro and more bacon. Hubby concurred.
My Indirect Heat Method - Place burgers in the center, turning off the center burner or cook on a raised grill rack. Keep the grill lid closed. This allows burgers to cook evenly and slower, and I found a necessity when grilling a Jucy Lucy.
Happy Father’s Day!!
Are you hungry? ♥
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