It all started a couple weeks ago at Kohls. I had some Kohls cash to spend and was browsing the kitchen aisle when I came across this:
A burger-stuffing press? How cool! A couple years ago, Patrick & I went to Minnesota for a wedding. While we were there, we had the opportunity to eat at The Nook which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives. The Nook is famous for a cheese-stuffed burger they call the Jucy Lucy. I knew I just had to purchase this press for Patrick.
The press is super easy to use. The instructions are on the back:
I'm sure everyone has their own special burger recipe. Patrick mixed 1 pound of hamburger with 1 egg, some breadcrumbs, worcestershire sauce, minced onion, some other spices...for an exact recipe you can check out this burger from allrecipes.com. We used slices of Velveeta cheese inside the burger but you can be creative with your stuffings.
The key to the Jucy Lucy is to make sure that all the sides are firmly closed. You can make this burger without the press, you just need to be careful to thoroughly seal all edges of the burger. If you don't have all the seams closed, there could be a cheese explosion on the grill!
Also - these burgers are HUGE! The press makes a 3/4 lb burger. This is one stuffed burger next to a normal 1/4 pound burger. When grilling the burgers, there is one important step. After the burgers are flipped, you will want to pierce the top of each burger. This allows steam from the melting cheese to escape the burger. This will also help minimize any chances of a cheese explosion.
There you have it: a yummy cheese-stuffed burger!
Patrick thought the burger was delicious and, like the name implies, it was super juicy.