Who makes the best Juicy Lucy in Minnesota? Crooked Pint Ale House!

Casper's and Runyon's Nook comes in second place

To trace the origins of the Jucy Lucy (or Juicy Lucy as it's spelled at some places), head to Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis where two bars – Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club – claim to have invented this indulgent Minnesota comfort food.

  • 5-8 Club
    Minneapolis

    The 5-8 Club in Minneapolis is one of the institutions that made the Juicy Lucy famous. The half-pound Juicy patties here are stuffed with cheese and grilled on a flat top, then served on a fresh-baked bun with some pickles for zing.
    Photo courtesy of Kim / Flickr

  • B-52 Burgers and Brew
    Inver Grove Heights

    The Juicy from B-52 Burgers and Brews in Inver Grove Heights uses a four cheese blend to create the burger's signature molten center. 
    Photo courtesy of B-52 Burgers and Brew

  • Uncle Franky's
    Minneapolis

    Famous for its hot dogs, Uncle Franky's also serves a crave-worthy version of the Juicy Lucy, made with a half-pound of beef and pepper jack cheese – perfect with a side of house-cut fries.
    Photo courtesy of edkohler / Flickr

  • Blue Door Pub
    St. Paul

    The flagship burger at the Blue Door Pub in St. Paul is the Blucy, two Angus beef patties surrounding a core of bleu cheese and garlic. Besides this classic, the Blucy menu features nine other stuffing options, so there's something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of Blue Door Pub

  • The Breeze Inn
    Duluth

    One of the most popular Lucys on the menu at The Breeze Inn is the Roasted Pepper Juicy Lucy, made with a half pound of ground beef wrapped around a pepper jack center, grilled and topped with green chilies, jalapeños, grilled onions, bell peppers and a house-made seasoned sour cream.
    Photo courtesy of The Breeze Inn

  • Jerseys Bar and Grill
    Inver Grove Heights

    Jerseys Bar and Grill in Inver Grove Heights has a whole menu of Jersey Juicys, including a rotating Juicy of the Month. In addition to the classic Juicy, diners can order a Cowboy Juicy stuffed with cheddar jack and applewood bacon and topped with bacon, onion rings and BBQ sauce, or the Hell Raiser Juicy, stuffed with jalapeños and pepper jack and topped with ghost pepper cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Jerseys Bar and Grill / Facebook

  • Peppers and Fries
    Minneapolis

    Diners at Peppers and Fries in Minneapolis can choose between two Juicy options. The more traditional Pepper's Juicy features a 1/3-pound beef patty stuffed with American cheese, grilled to medium and served with more American cheese on a buttered bun. The Mac Attack takes the Pepper's Juicy and smothers it in house-made mac and cheese and pico de gallo.
    Photo courtesy of Peppers and Fries

  • Matt's Bar
    Minneapolis

    Matt's Bar in Minneapolis was the originator of the Jucy Lucy (spelled without the "i"), and this original remains one of the best in the state. Each Lucy uses high-quality ground beef hand-formed around the signature cheesy center.
    Photo courtesy of Thirteen Of Clubs / Flickr

  • Casper's and Runyon's Nook
    St. Paul

    Each burger from The Nook in St. Paul is made from butcher-cut ground black angus chuck, including the five Juicy Lucy options. The heartiest option, Guy's Big Bite, is a pepper jack-stuffed Lucy topped with cheddar, bacon and roast beef on a fresh bakery bun.
    Photo courtesy of Becca Dilley

  • Crooked Pint Ale House
    Multiple Locations

    The Crooked Pint Ale House knows that a craft beer pairs perfectly with a Juicy Lucy, and that's why there are over half a dozen options on their burger menu. Aside from The Classic, which comes stuffed and topped with American cheese, the pub also serves a Beer Cheese Lucy stuffed with house-made beer cheese sauce and served on a pretzel bun with bacon, bistro sauce, habanero jack and haystack onions.
    Photo courtesy of Crooked Pint Ale House

According to Matt's Bar, a customer in 1954 requested two burger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle. Upon biting into it, he declared, "That's one juicy Lucy," and a legend was born. The 5-8 Club, a speakeasy in the 1920s, doesn't offer a clear origin story, other than that the burger was first created in the club kitchen in the 1950s.

No matter where you get this burger, it often comes with a warning – don't bite into it right away, lest you scorch your taste buds with the molten hot cheese that oozes from its beefy core. Matt's version features American cheese, while burger joints elsewhere in the state have started stuffing their Juicy Lucys with all kinds of ingredients.

10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best Juicy Lucy in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Juicy Lucy in Minnesota are as follows:

  1. Crooked Pint Ale House - Multiple Locations
  2. Casper's and Runyon's Nook - St. Paul
  3. Matt's Bar - Minneapolis
  4. Peppers and Fries - Minneapolis
  5. Jerseys Bar and Grill - Inver Grove Heights
  6. The Breeze Inn - Duluth
  7. Blue Door Pub - St. Paul
  8. Uncle Franky's - Minneapolis
  9. B-52 Burgers and Brew - Inver Grove Heights
  10. 5-8 Club - Minneapolis

Congratulations to all our Juicy Lucy winners!

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