Juicy Lucy Burgers

by KetoFocus.com

A twist on the classic cheeseburger

Juicy Lucy Burgers are a delicious weeknight meal that you can make in under 30 minutes. These burgers are filled with melted cheese, topped with your favorite condiments, and held together with toasted hamburger buns. This juicy burger recipe will be loved your whole family!

If you love making an awesome burger, don’t forget to pair it with homemade french fries and hamburger buns for the ultimate burger night.

A close look inside a cheese stuffed burger with lettuce, tomato and bacon.

If this is your first time making a juicy lucy burger, you’re in for a treat! Regular burgers just can’t compare to biting into a burger stuffed with gooey cheese and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and another cheese slice. You can make them in a skillet on the stove, a flat-top grill, or even a cast iron skillet. Any way you choose to cook them, you’ll never make a better burger.

How to make juicy lucy burgers

The steps to make a juicy lucy burger are super simple.

  1. Prepare the cheese and divide each slice of cheddar or American cheese into four squares.
  2. Make the burger mixture. Combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Combine, but do not over-mix. Divide the mixture into fourths and those fourths into halves to make 8 hamburger patties.
  3. Stuffed burgers. Using a small spoon, make a small depression in the center of the patty and add the cheese. Top with the other half of the beef patty and seal the sides with your fingers and form one large patty.
  4. Cook or grill the stuffed burgers until a crust forms and then flip them.
  5. While your burgers are cooking, toast the buns and prepare your toppings.
  6. Serve on a bun or bunless with desired sauce and toppings.

A juicy lucy burger filled with melted cheddar cheese that is oozing out of the burger.

What is a Juicy Lucy?

A Juicy Lucy burger is not your typical cheeseburger. It’s a stuffed burger that originated in Minnesota where a slice of cheese is inside two thin burger patties. The cheese stuffed burger is cooked developing serious char; however, the burger stays moist and juicy thanks to the molten cheese inside.

Here are all the ingredients you will need for the juiciest cheeseburger:

  • Ground beef – Seasoned ground beef makes the best burgers!
  • Cheese – Melty cheese is best for stuffing burgers. Typically American cheese is used, but sharp cheddar is also delicious!
  • Kosher salt – A little salt enhances the flavors in this dish.
  • Black pepper – Use freshly cracked black pepper if possible.
  • Garlic powder & onion powder – Add a little extra flavor to these hamburgers.
  • Avocado oil or olive oil – Use a little oil to get the burgers golden brown.
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Juicy Lucy Burger Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese or American cheese
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil

Burger Fixings, Optional Ingredients

Juicy Lucy Burgers Directions

  • Juicy Lucy Burgers
  • A stuffed cheeseburger filled with melted cheese on a plate with lettuce, tomato and a bun.

    The secret to the best juicy lucy

    These tips and tricks will help you make the best cheese-filled burger!

    • Use a good quality ground chuck with a higher percentage of fat. The best ratio is 80/20 to ensure it’s a juicy hamburger!
    • The meat should be cold before seasoning and stuffing. It will be easier to shape and will ensure that the fat doesn’t start to melt while the patties are formed.
    • Don’t overmix the ground beef or the burgers may turn out dry. Gently use your fingers to shape the patties.
    • Cooking with medium-high heat helps give these amazing burgers a nice crust.
    • Cook on a flat-top griddle if possible. This way, if the cheese leaks out of the burger, it won’t fall through the grill grates.
    • Grate the cheese or cut into smaller pieces before folding it into the middle of the burger to make it nice and gooey.
    • Toast the burger buns by brushing them with olive oil and putting them directly on the heating surface until they’re golden brown.
    A hand holding a half a burger with melted cheese stuffed inside the patty.

    Stuffed cheeseburger

    This cheeseburger recipe is a beef patty stuffed with molten cheese that takes dinner to another level.

    You can use different cheeses depending on what you like best.

    • It’s recommended that you use cheese that has a low melting point. This ensures that the cheese oozes out even if the patty only takes a couple of minutes to cook.
    • Some great options are a slice of American cheese, pepper jack cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, swiss, provolone, feta, Monterey jack, or blue cheese.

    What to put on a juicy lucy

    You can use all your favorite toppings like you would with a regular cheeseburger.

    Some of the best ones are:

    Also, don’t forget the hamburger buns!

    Juicy Lucy Burgers: FAQS

    Where can you order a Juicy Lucy burger?

    Since the Juicy Lucy burger originated over in the Midwest, you can find them easily in Minneapolis at the 5-8 club. Goldbelly is another place that will ship Juicy Lucy burgers to your door.

    What temperature should burgers be cooked to?

    Most people order medium cooked hamburgers, which is when the internal temperature is between 140 - 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Where did the juicy lucy burger come from?

    These cheese stuffed burgers were created in south Minneapolis bars called Matt's Bar and 5-8 Club in the 1950s. Both places claim they were the first to invent them, but either way, we're grateful!

    Can I bake juicy lucy burgers?

    Yes, you can bake the beef patties. To do this, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and place the patties on an aluminum-foil-covered baking sheet. Cook the burgers for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through until the desired doneness.

    Can I make these burgers ahead of time?

    You can definitely make these delicious burgers ahead of time. Form the hamburger patties and store them in the fridge in an airtight container until you're ready to cook them.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Juicy Lucy Burgers

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 509
    Fat 43.5g
    Protein 26.3g
    Total Carbs 2.3g
    Net Carbs 2.1g

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