The Jucy Lucy named one of TIME Magazine's 17 most influential burgers

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The influential Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar
Yesterday, TIME Magazine put out a list of what it considers to be the top 17 most influential burgers of all time and the Jucy Lucy, a Minneapolis-perfected phenomenon, comes in at number 10. The people at TIME interviewed "burger historians and experts" to compose the list of the burgers they believe have had the biggest impact on "the burger industry."

As for the Jucy Lucy, the article states, "it gained national attention in 2008, thanks to a feud between two Minneapolis bars that both claim to have 'invented' it. Since then, there have been numerous imitators, proving that a little innovation and a dash of hype is all it takes to reinvigorate enthusiasm for a classic." 

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The influential Juicy Lucy from the 5/8 Club
Of course, the two restaurants that the TIME Magazine article refers to are Matt's Bar and the 5/8 Club, both located on Cedar Ave in South Minneapolis. The feud is something of local legend, but the listing refers to a 2008 article in the Minnesota Daily that brought the dueling restaurants into the national spotlight. The burger battle took to the national arena again on an episode of Travel Channel's Food Wars.

According to TIME Magazine, the origins of the Jucy Lucy can be traced back to the 1920's, but it notes that the burger landed on the menu at Matt's Bar in 1954. According to the 5/8 Club's website, the influential sandwich was born in the 1950's.

Other notable burgers on the list include the infamous "Lab" burger, the trendy ramen burger, and at the number one spot: the White Castle slider.


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64 comments
Roland Klee
Roland Klee

Sorry, can't respect any list of influential burgers that doesn't mention the very first burger which was invented at Louie's Lunch in New Haven, still in existence over a 100 years later.

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

I always love when I'm influenced by a burger...

Lisa Palmisano
Lisa Palmisano

"As for the Jucy Lucy, the article states, "it gained national attention in 2008, thanks to a feud between two Minneapolis bars that both claim to have 'invented' it." Pat's and Gino's did that first with cheesesteaks.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Who can't cook a hamburger?  Then put cheese in the middle?

This is just complete bullshit!

Rob Santha
Rob Santha

Whether it's Matt's or 5-8 Club - the Jucy Lucy is all Minneapolis!

Carol Hedberg
Carol Hedberg

I was at Matt's just a few weeks ago after a 20+ year hiatus. Still great!

John Stratton
John Stratton

The Jucy Lucy could not compete with Simpson's when I was young. The very best!

Rob Levine
Rob Levine

Matt's is a real dump, and their Juicy Lucy is small and overpriced. They prolly haven't put a dime into the place in 30 years; I hear the 5-8 Club is much better

April Streich
April Streich

Jucy Lucys are delicious, but rarely worth the long, uncomfortable wait in the tiny area by the door for a table.

Joe Winterer
Joe Winterer

Influential how? Through causing heart disease?

Sharon L Keefe Borseth
Sharon L Keefe Borseth

Back in the 60's * Bonnies Tap* 42nd East Lake St. Was making Juicy Lucy's. They were wonderful. Little piece of history.

Jesse Jamison
Jesse Jamison

My thoughts exactly. Lately City Pages have been using cell phone pics and Google map images. Maybe they're trying to cut costs by not hiring real photographers?

Brett Kosmider
Brett Kosmider

What a crap photo. Who took this, the author? If readership is down its because people are drawn into stories by great images, and this is not a great image.

Steve Gansen
Steve Gansen

Thanks, Time magazine. Our neighborhood burger joint just got even more crowded. Darn!

Adam Slushoos
Adam Slushoos

Durk Gescheidle no one here likes you or your salad shooter so stop trolling on a thread you loser, juicy lucy for ever!

Brandy Buss
Brandy Buss

It is the yummiest burger ever!!!!!!

Durk Gescheidle
Durk Gescheidle

Eric, you don't have a fucking clue, I don't have any bags on my bike and if I did they would be synthetic. Go choke on a hot dog.

David Koski
David Koski

Adrians Bar And Grill may not have invented the JL, but they make a better one than the two local rivals 5-8 and Matt's. It is the quality of the hamburger. They were invited to be on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show, but opted out due to internal matters of more importance at the time.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Durk, what do you think your little Harley bags are made of? Yep you guessed it retard, leather. Uninformed hypocrite.

Maize Diffley
Maize Diffley

How do you know there was animal cruelty in your burger? There are other ways animals die. . . Road kill?

Durk Gescheidle
Durk Gescheidle

Hell, yes. But there's nothing funny about animal cruelty. Get a clue.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Sounds absolutely divine! Need some cheese and other condiments also though... :)

Eric Hills
Eric Hills

@Durk...I bet you're fun at parties.

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