Juicy Lucy

This classic Juicy Lucy recipe is a mouth-watering burger that is stuffed with cheese perfect for any day of the week!

Summertime is all about being outside, enjoying the warm weather and of course, grilling! If you’re wanting more delicious recipes you can cook on the grill, then you have to check out my Chicken Kabobs, Grilled Mahi Mahi, or even my Mexican Corn on the Cobb!

Juicy Lucy burger cut in half to see the cheese seeping out in the middle.

Grilling burgers is what summertime is all about, and this recipe is a fun one to make with the family, because there’s a cheesy surprise on the inside! What sets this Juicy Lucy apart from a regular burger is that the cheese is stuffed inside the patty rather than placed on top. When the patty is cooked, the cheese melts, creating a delicious, ooey-gooey center. The name “Juicy Lucy” is a play on the phrase “juicy loosey” due to the cheese filling.

Recipe Ingredients and tips

The cheese is the most important ingredient in this recipe so here are some tips to ensure you are successful creating your Juicy Lucy.

When selecting the cheese make sure to pick a nicely sliced cheese. I tested this recipe with the more melty American cheese and had issues with it leaking out the side.

On that same token, be sure to use a slice and do not use a block of cheese. I tested this as well and it was so thick that it was not able to get melty enough while grilling.

Ingredients for Juicy Lucy burger patties.

FAQs

What kind of toppings should I use on my Juicy Lucy?

For this cheeseburger you can really make it your own! However a couple things I would recommend would be some hamburger buns, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and even some bacon if you’d like! Then for condiments I HIGHLY recommend my Burger Sauce but you can also use ketchup, mayo, mustard, or any other condiment you prefer.

Do I have to use cheddar cheese in the middle?

As you read above in my tips be sure to pick a nicely sliced cheese. But it doesn’t have to be cheddar, you can use pepper jack, provolone, or even blue cheese! Whatever flavor you prefer for your burger!

Where did the Juicy Lucy originate?

This is still a question to this day! There are 2 bars located only a few miles from each other in Minneapolis, Minnesota that both claim they were the ones who invented it. They are Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club. The rivalry is still talked about today and we may never know where it truly came from.

How to make a Juicy Lucy

Step 1: Preheat your grill to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Combine the ground beef and all the burger spices and Worcestershire sauce together.

Ground beef and spices in a glass bowl together.

Step 3: Next using a food scale or eyeballing it, separate the ground beef into 3 even chunks, making each ⅓ lb. burgers or roughly 5.3 oz.

Ground beef for burger patties.

Note: To form the patties you are going to make you can use a burger press, wax paper and a rolling pin or even your hands if you’re feeling bold. However, to make it easy on you I recommend you grab this Cuisinart burger press.

Step 4: Next, take a slice of cheese and fold it into four and stack all four pieces on top of each other.

Step 5: Then, divide one of the ground beef balls into two as evenly as you can and flatten each half using a burger press, rolling pin or even your hands to make two thin burger patties. Then wrap one of the thin patties around the bottom and sides of the cheese you’ve folded. Next, do the same with the other thin patty and then pinch any seams together to secure the cheese inside of the burger patty to ensure that no cheese leaks out.

Cheese being added into the middle of a Juicy Lucy burger patty.

Step 6: Once everything has been sealed, use the burger press again to form a nice burger patty for grilling. Repeat these steps for each burger.

Juicy Lucy burger patties.

Step 7: Then, grill for about 7 minutes on each side or until the burger is cooked to your liking.

Finally, assemble your burger with all of your favorite toppings and condiments, serve and enjoy!

Juicy Lucy on a plate with French fries.

Storage and Reheating

You can store these Juicy Lucy burger patties in an airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days. If you want to freeze them you can do so in an airtight container in your freezer for up to 1 month.

To reheat these patties you can do so in a skillet with a little bit of oil over medium heat until everything has warmed through. To ensure a more even reheating use a lid for your skillet to allow the heat to circulate in the pan.

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This Juicy Lucy recipe is a mouth-watering burger that is stuffed with cheese perfect for any day of the week!

Juicy Lucy Recipe

This Juicy Lucy recipe is a mouth-watering burger that is stuffed with cheese and perfect for any day of the week!
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Course: Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 burger patties
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 slices of cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce together.
  • Next using a food scale or eyeballing it, separate the ground beef into 3 even chunks, making each ⅓ lb. burgers or roughly 5.3 oz.
  • Next, take a slice of cheese and fold it into four and stack all four pieces on top of each other.
  • Then, divide one of the ground beef balls into two as evenly as you can and flatten each half using a burger press, rolling pin or even your hands to make two thin burger patties. Then wrap one of the thin patties around the bottom and sides of the cheese you've folded. Next, do the same with the other thin patty and then pinch any seams together to secure the cheese inside of the burger patty to ensure that no cheese leaks out.
  • Once everything has been sealed use the burger press again to form a nice burger patty for grilling. Repeat these steps for each burger.
  • Next, grill for about 7 minutes on each side or until the burger is cooked to your liking.
  • Finally, assemble your burger with all of your favorite toppings and condiments, serve and enjoy!

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NOTES

Note: To form the patties you are going to make you can use a burger press, wax paper and a rolling pin or even your hands if you’re feeling bold. However, to make it easy on you I recommend a burger press.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 957mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg

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