BBQ Gouda Juicy Lucy

with cheesy center and macaroni salad

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat

A note about serious food allergies

"Juicy Lucy is my delight," the Grateful Dead once sang. (Or not; you'll have to Google to know for sure.) This Juicy Lucy is our delight, a take on the classic Minnesota burger preparation. Smoky, delicate Gouda is stuffed into a burger, which is joined by BBQ sauce and crispy fried onions. Macaroni salad served on the side, like a classic picnic, a day on a Minnesotan lake, or a parking lot before the Dead show. (Kids, ask your parents or grandparents.)

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    3 oz. Elbow Macaroni
  • Info
    2 oz. Smoked Gouda Slices
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
  • Info
    1½ oz. Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Grainy Mustard
  • Info
    2 Brioche Bun
  • 1½ oz. BBQ Sauce
  • 8 Dill Pickle Slices
  • Info
    1 oz. Crispy Fried Onions
  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Small Pot
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan

Before You Cook

  • Step 1 - Cook Pasta and Prepare Ingredients

    Cook Pasta and Prepare Ingredients

    Once water is boiling, add macaroni and cook until al dente, 7-9 minutes. Drain macaroni in a colander, shaking off excess water. Rinse pot with cold water to cool. While macaroni cooks, quarter cheese slices. Trim ends off celery and cut into ¼" dice.

  • Step 2 - Form the Burgers

    Form the Burgers

    Place ground beef in a mixing bowl with a pinch of pepper. Mix well and form into four equal-sized patties (about ⅓" thick and 4" in diameter). Divide cheese between two patties. Place remaining patties on cheese-topped patties and seal edges by pinching lightly. A tight seal helps cheese stay in burger while cooking.

  • Step 3 - Make the Macaroni Salad

    Make the Macaroni Salad

    Return macaroni to pot along with celery, mayonnaise, Dijon, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until coated and set aside.

  • Step 4 - Toast the Buns

    Toast the Buns

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle buns with 1 tsp. olive oil and place in hot pan, cut side down. Toast until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.

  • Step 5 - Cook the Burgers

    Cook the Burgers

    Return pan used to toast buns to medium-high heat. Place patties in hot pan. Cook until browned, 2-3 minutes. Flip patties and cover. Cook until burger reaches a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 3-4 minutes. Cheese may leak from burgers. Don't worry, they're still delicious! Plate dish as pictured on front of card, smearing bottom bun with BBQ sauce and topping with patties, pickles, and crispy onions. Bon appétit!