Random Single Gal Recipe: The Juicy Lucca Burger

Really, this burger recipe is my take on the Juicy Lucy which is what a burger stuffed with cheese is commonly called. I’ve added a little heat with the inclusion of jalapenos and cayenne into the meat, opted for an English Muffin instead of the usual bun, and topped it off simply with a slice of ripe tomato. So, now it’s the Juicy Lucca, although she wasn’t allowed to have any because it has onions in it. Obviously, you can adjust this recipe so that it’s for as many people as you want, but in true Random Single Gal Recipe style — and considering it’s Independence Day — the following is if you’re just cooking for one. (Also, as I live in an apartment with no outdoor space, it’s also tailored to a stovetop griddle pan.) Happy 4th of July! THE JUICY LUCCA BURGER
Serves one hungry independent woman


  • Ground sirloin, enough to make a sizable patty
  • 2 small slices of cheddar, American, or jack cheese (whatever your preference)
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, diced
  • 1/3 of a medium jalapeno, diced
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Sandwich-sized English Muffin, toasted
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Mayo, mustard, ketchup, whatever your condiment preferences

To Prepare

  1. Dice the chunk of red onion and the jalapeno. Toss into a bowl with the ground meat. Season the meat with salt and pepper — I eyeball this, uh, just like I eyeball everything, but I guess it’s about a teaspoon of each. Add a couple shakes of cayenne and mix the meat with your hands. Don’t overwork the meat though; just enough to mix in the other ingredients evenly.
  2. Form the meat into two balls and then flatten them each into individual patties. Put the sliced cheese in the middle of one patty and then place the other patty on top of it. Form the two patties into one by pressing the edges together with the cheese hidden in the middle. Use your thumb to make a small indent in the center of meat.
  3. Over a medium-high flame, heat a griddle pan with a little salt sprinkled on it, no oil necessary. Grill the burger for 4-5 minutes on each side. Take off the grill and let rest for a few minutes.
  4. While the burger is resting, toast your English Muffin and slice the tomato. Smear whatever condiments you like on the muffin — I like a mix of mayo, mustard, ketchup — and then put the burger on top. Add tomato and the top of the bun.
  5. Bite into your burger, carefully though, as the melted, cheesy center will be hot. Eat the whole thing, lick your fingers, burp, and applaud your culinary prowess.

Note: You can of course add lettuce and sliced onion or whatever else you like on a burger, but I always find that too many accoutrement end up making a burger too messy.