Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Juicy Lucy Burger

The grill is officially out of hibernation. I know the weather is supposed to turn colder again next week. I don't care.  Spring is trying to push its way in and I'm going to help give it a gentle shove. There is a restaurant in Chicago, called Hackney's, that make these little gems. They call it the Inside Out Burger.  I still scratch my head over that name though.  I mean, we are technically putting the toppings (that normally go outside the burger) on the inside. So shouldn't it be called the Outside In burger?? I'll let smarter folks argue that one. It's also referred to as "The Juicy Lucy". I figure as long as you call it good, it doesn't really matter what it's called. Anyhow, I decided to make my own version at home and I gotta tell ya, it's hard to go back to just a regular ole burger now...
Ingredients:
1 pound of ground beef (80/20 works good)
1 ½ teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
2 tablespoons water (or beef broth)
A few dashes of hot sauce
½ block of cheddar cheese, shredded (or your favorite cheese)
½ pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled


Directions:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Once grill is heated, make sure the grates have been scraped clean.  I usually use a wad of aluminum foil to wipe the heated grate surfaces.   Clean grates will ensure less sticking as you cook the burgers.

Combine ground beef, seasoning, water and hot sauce together in a medium bowl.   What does the added water do?  Well, believe it or not, it will actually make your burger more juicy! 

Form bottom half of patty (using about 1/3 cup of meat). Add a pinch of shredded cheese onto bottom half of patty. Next add a pinch of crumbled bacon. Form top half of patty (using about another 1/3 cup of meat).  Press the two patties together and seal around the edges to ensure the patty is completely sealed.  Continue this until you have made all the burgers.  This recipe should make about 3-4 burgers (depending on how large you want your burger).

Place on heated grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side for medium-well doneness.
Serve on toasted buns with some Virginia Baked Beans and you got a meal!
Cook’s Note:  Shredding your cheese will ensure better melting. Also, you can really go crazy with the fillings on these burgers: sauteed onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, different types of cheese– the combinations are endless.  This would be a great burger to surprise your guests with. Wait until they see that cheese oozing out from the middle!

42 comments:

Candace said...

I have got to make these....with your beans. They look delicious! I have never heard of adding water to the meat; but, it's genius. I will be doing that on my next burgers. Thanks, Brandie!

Sandra said...

That is so juicy and yummy! I could go for one right now, and it's almost 9 pm LOL!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

These burgers look so juicy and yummy!

Kimberly said...

Looks seriously amazing! I've done this before, and they were a huge hit! Congrats on becoming a featured publisher my friend! So excited for you!!

Lori Lynn said...

The name of your post got me here, but I am delighted to see where your inspiration came from, our family ate at Hackney's regularly, and that was in the late 1960's. We loved the onion string loaf and burger on pumpernickel.
LL

Monet said...

I think I saw that episode of triple D...how fun! These burgers look so delicious. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I'm so ready for the weekend!

Kate said...

Reminds me of one of my favorites from kidhood - Mom made what she called skinny burgers with onion and cheese inside. What a treat! I'm going to have to remember to try them.

Lizzy said...

Brandie, our grill is finally devoid of snow! I think we need to put hamburgers on our menu soon...that photo with the cheese oozing out is making my mouth water...YUM!

Becky said...

These burgers look good, who new inside out? I have been to Hackney's, but it has been many years, since I have been there. They are also known for their onion ring loaf, which has the onion rings compacted into a loaf. It looks just like a loaf of bread, but certainly doesn't taste like I'll have to try the burgers with ground
turkey!

Annie said...

Oooh, I saw that episode and thought it was such a good idea! Yours look AMAZING!

Katrina said...

It's been a long time since I've had these but you are making me want them again! Maybe I'll try my hand at it this summer? :) Great post!

Pretend Chef said...

I think pepperjack cheese would be outstanding for these burgers. I love the concept of the burger. My mouth is watering just thinking about grilling season being upon us. This looks so delicious. Yummy!

Siggy Spice said...

I have been jonsin' for a good burger! We sold our grill when we moved since we didn't want the mess of moving it...BOO! Time to get a new one!!!

Rhondi said...

Looks like you're enjoying this warm weather also. These burgers look so good and cheesy. I love a good burger at home!

Sally Darling said...

Oh my Stars, I want to sink my teeth into that RIGHT NOW! Inside or Outside, it's the juciest lookin burger in town! Can't wait to pull the grill out too, snow snow go away!

shannon i olson said...

looks really good! Wish it was warm enough to bar b q here!!

Holly said...

You've done it again girl! Makin me want lunch before I've even had breakfast! But I think Id have this for breakfast!!! Looks awesome!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Small world! I remember watching that very same episode a couple years back. Dusty was so inspired by this burger that he made it for us and I remember going into a food coma! No joke! I was so full and happy that I had to go take a nap.
Congrats on being a featured publisher on Food Buzz!

Ang said...

Alright, I don't really eat beef, but this definitely looks good. Maybe I could do ground Turkey??? I love the little surprise in the middle. Yum! Have a great day Brandie.

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!!
And Ang - of course you could! I suppose this is really more of a concept than a recipe anyway. :)

Mary said...

Inside out, or outside in this looks wonderful and sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

scratch-made wife said...

Mmmmmm, yeah, so I just ate lunch and you're making me hungry all over again. Who wouldn't want to find a little melty cheese and bacony goodness inside a burger? I think the husband and I could really enjoy these!

Libby@CookingWithLibby said...

Love it! This would be great to make at our next bbq ;)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Your outside in burgers sounds wonderful. I can't wait for spring and warm weather (although we cook out year round!)

Mateja ^_^ said...

Loaded, juicy, yummelicious!!!! Looks great, thank you for sharing! Wishing you a pleasant weekend :)

Jill Colonna said...

Keep pushing for that Spring! Love how you turn the burger around - lots of fun!

Treat and Trick said...

Juicy and yummy! I'm so hungry looking at your yummy photo..

Janis said...

Ya made me drool with that picture of that burger! I want one right now and it is 10:00 in the morning.

Tracey M. said...

Brandie-
I am trying to catch up on blog visitors and your site blew me away! I just LIKED you on FB. I can't wait until I can spend some more browsing time there. It looks so great my mouth is watering! The burger with fixins inside sounds good for a start.

New Jersey Nick said...

As a burger aficionado, I declare this burger awesome! Some one needs to serve this in a restaurant.

nancycreative said...

That burger looks so good--I will have to try that out!

Carolyn said...

Okay, I am jealous, as our grill is still buried under several feet of snow. What a delicious looking burger!

Elisabeth said...

This is what I call an amazing burger. Love the inside and the outside...LOL

Kirby said...

Ohh this looks so good!

Tiffanee said...

YUM!! I want one of these right now! Loving your blog. Now following and can't wait to look more. Have a great week!!

Jennifer said...

My husband is in charge of grilling at our house. He's made burgers like this before and they are SO good! I've never heard of adding water though. I'm going to be sure to try that next time. Great tip!
Jenn

Theresa said...

O wow! Drooling here! Looks delish!

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

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suzie q. said...

YUM! I will definitely be trying this one!

Maybe a little Blue cheese in there?

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My Kitchen Apron said...

We made these last night and they were delicious! I just know that the addition of water was what made them extra juicy. YUM!

Christina said...

I made these a while back and couldnt remember if I left a comment or not...But yeah..they were good! Thank you. It kept the burgers moist. I use 90/10 beef so it can be a bit dry if I dont watch it. Thank you!!

The Country Cook said...

That is so awesome to hear Christina. Glad you like these burgers! You are so sweet to leave a comment & let me know. Thank you!