Juicy Lucy

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jul. 18, 2023
Friends in Minnesota introduced me to the Juicy Lucy burger, a local favorite. Instead of putting the cheese on top, it gets stuffed inside, keeping the meat around the cheese nice and juicy. We love the meltiness of American cheese, but it works with any cheese you'd like. —Brigette Kutschma, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 tablespoons shredded American or cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Optional: Tomato slices, onion slices, lettuce


  1. Shape beef into 8 thin patties. Divide cheese among 4 patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear, 6-8 minutes on each side. Serve on buns with toppings of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

1 burger: 376 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 756mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.