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July 2, 2014

Jazz up a juicy Lucy for your holiday cookout

July Fourth is a wonderfully over-the-top holiday. Which is why it would be a shame to offer up just basic grilled burgers at your cookout.

To create a burger equal to the holiday, we started with a burger already pushing the envelope — the juicy Lucy burger! These not-so-ordinary cheeseburgers tuck the cheese into the inside of the burger. That’s a fine start for our recipe, but not quite over-the-top enough.

So we mixed a few other toppings into the meat itself — chopped jalapenos and minced garlic along with our slab of Jack cheese. That’s when our patties hit the flames.

When the burgers are nearly done, we add corn kernels and another slab of cheese to the tops, then pop them onto toasted onion buns. Don’t forget hot pepper relish and capicola (or other salami) to finally have a burger with enough flavor to earn its place at the July Fourth table.

JAZZY LUCY JACK BURGERS

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

11/2 pounds ground chuck

2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno pepper slices

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 8 slices

1/2 cup corn kernels

4 toasted onion buns

4 slices capicola (or other salami)

Hot pepper relish

Heat a grill to medium-high.

In a medium bowl, gently mix the beef with the jalapenos, garlic, salt and black pepper. Avoid overworking the beef. Divide the mixture into quarters, then form each into a thick patty.

Carefully slice each patty in half horizontally, separating the halves. Top the bottom halves with a slice of cheese, then replace the top half of the patty, pinching the meat together around the outside to form a single patty again. Be sure the cheese is entirely enclosed inside the patty.

Using a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs, oil the grill grates. Grill the patties for 5 to 7 minutes per side.

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