Lowcountry Juicy Lucy

Creamy pimiento cheese, pickled okra, and (wait for it) homemade bacon jam—Lowcountry's greatest bounties plus Minneapolis's famous cheese-stuffed wonder makes for one mindblowing burger. Don't fret if you have leftover bacon jam, it makes for an excellent cheese board component or slathered on a warm biscuit. 

Lowcountry Juicy Lucy
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton
Active Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
4 serves



  • 8 thick-cut bacon slices (about 12 oz.), chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 1 onion)

  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) bourbon

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1/2 cup prepared pimiento cheese

  • 22 ounces 90/10 ground beef sirloin

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 French bread buns, toasted

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 8 pickled okra pods, halved lengthwise


  1. Prepare the bacon jam: Place bacon in a medium saucepan over medium. Cook, stirring often, until crispy, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Leave ¼ cup of the drippings in pan; reserve remaining drippings for another use.

  2. Add onion and garlic to drippings in pan. Cook, stirring often, until transluscent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, bourbon, and vinegar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. Add cooked bacon. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, until thickened (being careful not to let jam stick or burn on bottom), about 1 hour. Stir in salt and cayenne. Set aside.

  3. Prepare the burgers: Divide pimiento cheese into 4 (2 tablespoons each) mounds on a plate lined with parchment paper. Lightly press to form ½-inch thick disks. Freeze 1 hour or until solid.

  4. Form sirloin into 8 (½-inch-thick) patties. Place 4 of the patties on a work surface. Top each with a pimiento cheese disk, then top with remaining patties; seal edges. Sprinkle patties with salt and pepper.

  5. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Place burgers on oiled grates. Grill, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  6. Spoon 2 tablespoons bacon jam on each bun top, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise on bun bottoms. Place burger patties on bottom buns; top with okra and bun tops. Serve immediately.

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