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BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

January 8 2014

Hearty Minnesota - Juicy Lucy Burgers

    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    4 slices American cheese
    4 hamburger buns, split

Combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Form 8, thin patties from the beef. Each patty should be slightly larger than a slice of cheese.
    
Cut each slice of American cheese into 4 equal pieces; stack the pieces. Sandwich one stack of cheese between 2 ground beef patties. Tightly pinch edges together tightly seal the cheese within the meat. Repeat with the remaining cheese and patties.
    
Preheat a cast-iron or other heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers until well browned, about 4 minutes. It is common for burgers to puff up due to steam from the melting cheese. Turn burgers and prick the top of each to allow steam to escape; cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside; about 4 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.