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Juicy Lucy Stuffed Cheeseburgers

Once you try a Juicy Lucy burger, stuffed with oozing melted cheese,  you will never want a cheeseburger any other way. Ready in less than 30 minutes, these are quick, easy and absolutely delicious.

This recipe first appeared on Savory Experiments where I am a contributor.

Cheeseburger cut in half with cheese oozing out and a side of fries.
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If you’ve never had a juicy lucy burger, you don’t know what you’re missing.   

What is a Juicy Lucy Burger?

The Juicy Lucy burger is a stuffed cheeseburger where the cheese is melted into the center of the burger patty instead of sitting on top of it.  This creates an extra juicy meat patty as it absorbs some of the cheese as it cooks.   

Then when you bite into the burger the cheese oozes out, perfectly melted.  By placing the cheese in the middle of the meat it stays soft and gooey instead of hardening on the outside of the burger.

If you’ve ever had a cheeseburger where the cheese has dried out on the corners you know exactly what I mean.  

Who created the First Juicy Lucy Burger?

The juicy lucy burger was born in a bar in Minneapolis in the 1950’s.  There is an ongoing debate on exactly which bar started the trend of melting the cheese inside the patty.  Some will tell you it’s a place called Matt’s Bar, and others will dispute that it was created at 5-8 Club. 

Both bars continue to serve the burger with some minor differences in preparation.  In addition, Matt’s bar spells it Jucy Lucy, while 5-8 spells it Juicy Lucy and they both argue that it’s their spelling of the burger that makes theirs the original. 

While we may never know who created the first cheese stuffed burger, we do know it is delicious. 

Why this recipe works

This is an easy recipe that uses simple and economical ingredients.

You don’t need any fancy gadgets to make these burgers and because you cook them on the stove, you don’t need to worry about firing up the grill and waiting for it to heat up.

The burgers have lots of flavour without requiring any fancy toppings and you can pair them with a simple side for a quick and easy meal any night of the week.

Burger stuffed with cheese cut in half on a plate.

Ingredients

There are only three things that are a must in order to make these stuffed cheeseburgers.

  • Ground Beef – I prefer 80-85% lean ground beef as it has good flavour and doesn’t dry out when cooked.
  • Cheese – American cheese provides the best, melting experience, but you can use anything you like.
  • Hamburger buns

If you would rather use a different cheese then cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, or Provolone are great choices.

Instructions

One – Form the beef into 8 equal size balls

Two – Press each meatball flat, to about 1/4 of an inch thick

Process making meatballs and flattening into patties.

Three – Fold each cheese slice into fourths and place in the centre of 4 patties.

Four – Place the remaining patties on top of the patties with the cheese. Gently press the edges with your fingers and shape into rounds with your hands.

Process showing how to stuff the patties with cheese.

Five – Place the patties into a hot skillet. Season with salt and pepper

Six – Cook for about 6 minutes, then carefully flip, season with salt and pepper and cook an additional 6 minutes.

Process showing cooking four burger patties in a large skillet.

Expert Tip : In order to get the best crust on the patties, make sure your pan is nice and hot before dropping them into it and do not try to move them until you are ready to flip.

Remove from the pan and serve on toasted buns with topping of your choice.

Cheese burger on a plate with lettuce and tomato with a side of fries.

How to Serve Stuffed Cheeseburgers

I like to keep things really simple with these burgers. As far as toppings I like to use some burger sauce, lettuce and a slice of tomato.

But there is nothing wrong with adding some sautéed mushrooms or onions, maybe some pickles, relish or a bit of mustard.

For sides we generally toss some fries in the air fryer in order to keep things simple and quick. But if you want something healthier then we sometimes like to serve these air fried asparagus spears.

I’ve even served them with something as easy as tortilla chips and black bean salsa!

Stuffed cheese burger cut in half with a wooden skewer holding it together.

Expert tip: Be sure to let these burgers rest for 5 minutes before cutting or biting into them.  It will allow the juices to settle back into the meat and it will also allow the cheese to cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself on molten cheese. 

FAQS

What type of cheese is best for stuffed cheeseburgers?

I recommend American cheese. This cheese is going to give you the best melty, oozy center.  However, if you are opposed to American cheese other choices that melt well would be Monterey Jack, Gouda, cheddar, Swiss or Provolone. 

What is the best way to cook burgers? 

I have come to love cooking my burgers on a heavy skillet on the stove.  It produces a nice crust, it is easy, and you don’t have to wait for a grill to heat.  But if you prefer, you can cook these burgers on an outdoor grill.  

Do I need to add anything to hold hamburger patties together?

You do not need to add any binders to the beef.  Burger patties will hold together perfectly fine without adding anything to them. The patties will also have a better texture when you don’t add a bunch of extra ingredients.  

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Recipe

Stuffed cheese burger cut in half with a wooden skewer holding it together.

Juicy Lucy Stuffed Cheeseburgers

Ground beef patties, stuffed with cheese and ready in 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds lean ground beef 80-85% lean
  • 4 Slices American cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions

  • Form the ground beef into 8 equal sized balls.
  • Press each ball flat, to about ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Fold each slice of cheese into fourths, you will end up with a little square.
  • Place the squares of folded cheese onto 4 of the patties, then cover with the remaining 4 patties.  Gently press the edges of the burger to seal the top and bottom layer, then gently form into rounds with your hands.
  • Place a heavy non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add the burger patties and season the top generously with salt and pepper. Leave to cook for about 6 mintues and then flip.
  • After you flip your patties, season again with salt and pepper.  Cook for another 6 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a plate. Allow the burgers to rest for 5 mintues before serving.
  • If you want your buns toasted you can brush with butter and place them facedown on skillet, heating just until edges are brown.

Notes

Cooking for 6 minutes per side should leave you with patties that are just barely pink in the centre.  If you want your burgers well done you can leave them an extra minute or two per side, or cover them for the last 2 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 6mg
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