Juicy Lucy Burgers

What is a Juicy Lucy? Basically it is an inside out cheeseburger, where the cheese is stuffed between the meat patties, that oozes cheesy goodness when you bite into it. We have seen it featured several times on different food network shows, and wanted to give it a try. We actually came across a place near us with a Juicy Lucy on the menu, but they turned out to be dry, flavourless disappointments and we realized if we wanted a good juicy lucy burger, we should just make them ourselves.

INGREDIENTS
– 1 part lean ground beef
– 1 part ground veal
– 1 part ground sirloin
– 2 eggs*
– 1/4 cup breadcrumbs*
– salt and pepper
– jalapeños
– cheddar cheese
– Bacon
*You may need to adjust these for smaller or bigger batches this is good for about 4-5lbs of meat.

DIRECTIONS
1. Spread bacon out on parchment lined baking sheet and season if you like, I used some applewood seasoning. 2. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until cooked but not crispy.
3. Cut cheese into thin pieces and finely dice the jalapeño then set aside. 4. Mix the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper together until evenly mixed.
5. To assemble, I took the outer ring of a 4″ spring form pan in order to get even sized burgers but eyeballing it works too. Make a layer of meat for the bottom then place a layer of cheese and sprinkle with the jalapeños. Be sure to leave room around the edge to create a good seal. 6. Make another layer of the meat and place it on top of the filling. Pick up the burger and pinch the outside making sure it is tightly sealed. 7. Place the precooked bacon on the top and bottom of the burger and pat the bacon lightly to make it stick. I cooked the burgers on a George Forman Grill for about 4 minutes but they could also be put on the bbq.
**The cheese can get really hot, so just be careful when biting into the burger!


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