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If you are looking for a delicious burger that is full of melted cheese, make Juicy Lucy Burger. It is made with simple ingredients and all your favorite toppings.

Juicy Lucy Burger cut in half on a plate with french fries
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This Juicy Lucy Burger is the ultimate burger to make at your next cookout. Being a mom of 8, we grill burgers out a lot because of how easy they are to make and they are perfect for my large family.

If you kids love cheese on their burger, try this Juicy Lucy Burger for a delicious twist on a classic burger. The cook perfect next to Grilled Hot Dogs and Grilled Brats Recipe.

What is Juicy Lucy Burger?

The Juicy Lucy Burger originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota in Matt’s Bar. It has been told that this delicious burger was created by accident and it is now a highly requested menu item.

It is a simply a burger that has cooked with slice cheese in the middle. The cheese gets melty and so every bite is filled with burger and cheese. We love to cook the burger on the grill but it can even be made in a cast-iron skillet.

Ingredients

Hamburger buns on a plate, with uncooked ground beef in a bowl with a plate of cheese slices and small bowls of seasoning and oil
  • Ground Beef – Traditionally made with beef, I recommend using an 80/20 blend of beef. But can be made with ground turkey or a mixture of both.
  • Garlic Powder – If you are out, check out The Best Garlic Powder Substitute
  • Onion Powder – Feel free to check out the Best Onion Powder Substitutes if you are out.
  • American Cheese – Use cheese of your choice, cut into quarters

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How to Make Juicy Lucy Burger

  • Step 1 –Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
Ground beef in a bowl topped with seasoning

Step 2 – In a bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly without overworking the meat.

Ground beef balls on a cutting board with a plate of slice cheese on the side

Step 3 – Divide the seasoned ground beef into 8 equal portions and flatten each portion into thin patties.

Ground beef patties on a cutting board topped with slice cheese

Step 4 – Take 4 of the patties and place 2 quarters of cheese in the center of each patty.

Large ground beef balls on a cutting board

Step 5 – Place the remaining 4 patties on top of the cheese-topped patties, and pinch the edges together to seal, ensuring the cheese is completely enclosed within the meat. Gently shape the patties into burgers, ensuring the cheese is securely sealed inside.

Ground beef balls on the grill

Step 6 – Brush the grill grates with avocado oil to prevent sticking, then place the burgers on the grill.

Cooked ground beef patties on a baking sheet with a side of hamburger buns

Step 7 – Grill the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness and the cheese is melted inside. Toast buns then assemble burgers and enjoy.

Expert Tips

  • Seal Patties – Make sure you seal those patties tight around the edges. It’s all about keeping that cheese locked in and contained as it melts.
  • Prepare Grill – For best results prepare the grill by preheating and oiling the grill grates. This helps to prevent the burgers from sticking.
Juicy Lucy Burger cut in half being held up close with a plate of french fries and pickle spear in the background

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Jucy Lucy with your favorite side dishes. Some of our favorites are Easy Homemade French Fries, Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe and Traditional Potato Salad Recipe.

Make sure to add your favorite toppings such as shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle slices, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise for even more flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Cheese to Use?

We think American Cheese is the best option to make this cheddar cheese burger. It always melts perfect and gives the cheeseburger the classic cheese flavor.

What Temperature Do you Cook Burger on the Grill?

To make sure the burger gets done and the cheese melts, we like to cook on medium heat to medium high heat. Cooking time will vary but we always have good results with this temperature.

How is the Best Cooking Method?

Our favorite method is cooking on the grill because of the delicious smoky flavor. But you can also cook on the griddle or in a large pan on the stovetop.

How to Store Leftover Burgers

Store leftover burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These burgers will last about 3-4 days.

Juicy Lucy Burger cut in half on a plate with french fries

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Juicy Lucy Burger

5 from 1 vote
If you are looking for a delicious burger that is full of melted cheese, make Juicy Lucy Burger. It is made with simple ingredients and all your favorite toppings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 857

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly without overworking the meat.
  • Divide the seasoned ground beef into 8 equal portions and flatten each portion into thin patties.
  • Take 4 of the patties and place 2 quarters of cheese in the center of each patty.
  • Place the remaining 4 patties on top of the cheese-topped patties, and pinch the edges together to
  • seal, ensuring the cheese is completely enclosed within the meat.
  • Gently shape the patties into burgers, ensuring the cheese is securely sealed inside.
  • Brush the grill grates with avocado oil to prevent sticking, then place the burgers on the grill.
  • Grill the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired level of
  • doneness and the cheese is melted inside.
  • Toast the hamburger buns on the grill for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Assemble the burgers on the buns, adding your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

– Make sure you seal those patties tight around the edges. It’s all about keeping that cheese locked in and contained as it melts.
– I recommend using an 80/20 blend of beef.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 857kcal, Carbohydrates 19g, Protein 49g, Fat 64g, Saturated Fat 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 26g, Trans Fat 3g, Cholesterol 203mg, Sodium 1436mg, Potassium 697mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 645IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 509mg, Iron 6mg

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  1. Casey says:

    5 stars
    I love this burger because every bite was filled with melted cheese!