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Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeño Stuffed Juicy Lucy


Raspberry-Rhubarb compote
2 ½ Cups Water
1 ½ C. sliced Rhubarb
12 oz. whole Raspberries
2 ½ C Sugar

3 lbs Fresh Ground Chuck
12 oz Cream Cheese
6 Tbsp. Minced Jalapeño
1 1/2 Tbsp. Sea Salt

6Tbsp Butter
6 Fresh White Buns


Fire up Grill on Medium

First we need to get the compote going. Combine water, rhubarb, raspberries and sugar into a well seasoned cast iron pan. Stir gently and move to the grill. This is going to make your mouth water as soon as you get it in the pan, it’s gorgeous! All the red and green against the black pan, it reminds me of camping. Stir every 10 minutes as the sugar melts, once dark colored foam forms on top about 2/3 of the way through your cooking time watch more closely, every few minutes as the fruit is going to simmer down quickly from here. Simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes-let rest 15 minutes before serving.

To make the fresh ground chuck I use the fine grinder attachment on my kitchen aid. I cut up about a 4lb chuck roast, taking out the really hard solid fat pieces and just leaving the nice marbled meat. Meat should be cubed into 1 inch sections or so and run through on speed 4.

To assemble patties get make an assembly line with ground chuck, cream cheese, jalapeño’s and salt. Gently make 6 even balls of chuck. Separate one ball into two and press into very flat and thin rounds. The meat will be less than ¼ inch thick. Lightly press cream cheese onto one patty to about ¼ inch on all sides and cover with 1 Tbsp. minced Jalepenos. Cover with second patty and pinch all edges very well, then pick up burger and smooth edges. Sprinkle salt liberally on both sides. Cook on Medium, for 8-10 minutes each side.

Once burgers and sauce are done, cover to let them rest for 10-15 minutes. Butter and toast tops and bottoms of buns for 2-3 minutes. To assemble, place burger on top of bottom half of bun, spoon compote onto top of burger and leave the top of bun tipped to the side to show off all the ingredients.


One of the greatest burgers in the twin cities is the much sought after Juicy Lucy, there are several ways to make them and even spell them depending on who’s cooking them. The basics remain that the cheese is inside the burger creating a hot gooey Juicy Lucy center. Everyone has their take on them but I took some of the best ingredients that I cook with each summer here in Minnesota and created the ultimate Juicy Lucy. Growing up Raspberries and Rhubarb grow abundantly in Northern Minnesota, right off the North Shore. As I moved south to the Twin Cities I got introduced to my favorite new foods-Juicy Lucys and Jalapeño Poppers…here is my version of the two. These burgers at a half pound each with a spicy, cheesy filling and a sweet compote on top will make you too into a Juicy Lucy fan!