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Minnesota is known as the legendary birthplace of the Jucy Lucy. As the name suggests, the Jucy Lucy is an incredibly juicy cheeseburger except unlike most cheeseburgers, the slice of cheese doesn't melt over the patty but instead, inside of it. The creative Midwest concoction was created by the 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.
These two bars have been the birthplace of the wild invention that is the Jucy Lucy and while both locations claim to be the inventor, no one really knows who was the first to stuff cheese inside of the meat patty. Despite the mystery surrounding the origin, the Jucy Lucy has since been incorporated as a menu item in a huge number of establishments across the Twin Cities.
In order to create the Jucy Lucy, a burger is assembled by carefully sealing a chunk of cheese right in the middle of two beef patties. Then as the two patties are sealed together it slowly becomes a singular patty with a cheesy heart in the middle.
The creation was a stroke of genius and allows for a perfectly melted cheesy center and has the end goal of not only perfectly gooey cheese but also a wonderfully tender patty that stays juicy from all the cheese. The texture of this type of burger is more similar to a normal burger as there is no layer of cheese between the bun and the beef patty which gives a very similar mouthfeel to the bite as if it were a normal hamburger.
The toppings on a Jucy Lucy vary from establishment but in most places, the condiments are similar to what you might image to be put on a burger anywhere else. Carmelized onions and pickels are popular choices.
As one of the original inventors of the Jucy Lucy, 5-8 Club is one of the best places to find one of these delicious burgers. They have been open for almost a century now and have been going strong from the Prohibition times all the way up until current day.
You can find 5-8 Club at 5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417
The other contender for the title of inventor of the Jucy Lucy, Matt's Bar, has quite a small but flavor packed menu with the Jucy Lucy at the highlight of the choices available. Although the burgers here might be smaller than other bars or restaurants, they more than make up for it with the intense flavor.
You can find Matt's Bar at 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Peppers and Fries
Peppers and Fries is a hugely popular spot with the locals with many classic burger options and a lot of spicy flavors. This restaurant can be found in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis and boasts very traditional American flavors.
You can find Peppers and Fries at 3900 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Casper & Runyon's Nook
Casper & Runyon's or the Nook as it is more commonly called offers a delightful Jucy Lucy called the Juicy Nookie. The Juicy Nookie is a generously sized burger stuffed with a ruch cheesy center and many different flavor combinations to choose from.
You can find Casper & Runyon's Nook at 492 Hamline Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Groveland Tap is a very versatile choice and is commonly visited by various groups including everyone from families to college students. The burger that is sought after here is called the Cajun Lucy which is stuffed with pepper jack cheese melted with jalepenos that are wrapped up in a loving beef batty.
You can find Groveland Tap at 1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105