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Jucy Lucy

Jucy Lucy
A Jucy Lucy from Matt's Bar in Minneapolis
Alternative names Juicy Lucy
Course Entree
Place of origin United States
Region or state Minneapolis, Minnesota
Creator Multiple claims
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Hamburger, cheese
Variations Multiple
Food energy
(per serving)
600 kcal (2512 kJ)
Cookbook:Jucy Lucy 
Juicy Lucy preparation

A Jucy Lucy [sic] or Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty in addition to on top. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. This scalding hot cheese tends to gush out at the first bite, so servers frequently warn patrons to let the burger cool for a few minutes before consumption to avoid injury.

Two bars on the same street in South Minneapolis both claim to have invented the sandwich: Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club.[1] They differ in how they spell it; the former omits the letter "i" in "Juicy", while the latter uses the standard spelling. Shirts worn by staff at the 5-8 Club have the motto "if it's spelled right, it's done right" while advertising for Matt's Bar says "Remember, if it is spelled correctly, you are eating a shameless rip-off!"[2]

Reinterpretations of the Lucy at other area restaurants are encouraged, rather than quashed. For example, the Groveland Tap in neighboring St. Paul serves a "Cajun Lucy" featuring jalapeño peppers floating in pepper jack cheese. St. Paul has the The Nook, which serves a "Juicy Nookie", and The Blue Door Pub, which has the Juicy Blucy, which consists of bleu cheese and finely chopped garlic. Another variation has fried bacon as well as cheese in the middle, referred to as a "Mary Shelley" (Author of Frankenstein) when the bacon is visibly poking out from the sides of the burger. Grumpy's in Minneapolis also serves a Jucy Lucy that they serve with tater tots. At Doug's Downtown Grill in Garden Grove, CA, you can get the West Coast rendition. In Lebanon, Roadster diner has also attempted its very own cheese-stuffed patty in which they call the "Cheese-At-Heart". Unlike the traditional Lucy, the patty is stuffed with Swiss cheese and topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and potato chips.[3]

In 2010, Whitmans in New York City opened, billing itself as the "Home of The Juicy Lucy" although it was not conceived by the owners.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Jay Boller & Justin Flower, Burger Battle Minnesota Daily, March 2008.
  2. ^ Matt's Bar
  3. ^ Roadster Diner | Rd Cheese-At-Heart | 15 750
  4. ^ Whitmans
  5. ^ Kraft | Whitmans

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