Juicy Lucy Burgers

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Cooking Mama 16

"A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!"


25 m servings 593 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 593 kcal
  • 30%
  • Fat:
  • 37.5 g
  • 58%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.4g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 38.1 g
  • 76%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 131 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 1143 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Form 8, thin patties from the beef. Each patty should be slightly larger than a slice of cheese.
  2. Cut each slice of American cheese into 4 equal pieces; stack the pieces. Sandwich one stack of cheese between 2 ground beef patties. Tightly pinch edges together tightly seal the cheese within the meat. Repeat with the remaining cheese and patties.
  3. Preheat a cast-iron or other heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers until well browned, about 4 minutes. It is common for burgers to puff up due to steam from the melting cheese. Turn burgers and prick the top of each to allow steam to escape; cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside; about 4 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For the juiciest burgers, be sure your ground beef is at least 20% fat.
  • Did you make a tight seal? I hope so, because it needs to be TIGHT to avoid a cheesy eruption as the cheese melts, creates steam, and tries to find its way out.
  • You can also fire up a medium-hot bed of coals and cook these on your backyard grill.
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  1. 144 Ratings


Minnesota's contribution to the culinary world! Don't forget to let this gem sit for a few minutes before taking your first bite, or you will have molten lava dribbling down your chin.

Just about the best burger ever. Saw the recipe on a food showdown recently. Introduced it to my husband today for lunch and he was impressed. Fresh ground beef is a must. We like 2 pieces o...

I have made these before. They are good with Blue Cheese. Try making with your favorite cheese and you will like it.

The recipe is very good as it is, but fantastic if you double the wochestershire sauce and I like to use 2 tsp of montreal steak seasoning in place of the garlic salt and pepper. Two very import...

I liked the idea of putting the cheese inside the burgers; makes them neater! Instead of the garlic salt and black pepper, I used Montreal Steak Seasoning. We both liked these and would make t...

Somehow, my initial review was deleted. I basically said what another person said, i.e., "heart attack on a bun," although I wouldn't make quite so drastic an evaluation. However, due to its h...

If it is anything like Matt's Famous Juicy Lucy - they will be fabulous! The recipe sounds just like it.

Great way to do burgers. I do similiar with Meat Loaf; half ground beef mixture (I also add a little squirt of Mustard and BBQ Sauce) on bottom of loaf pan, then lots of layers of Cheese, then ...

Needed a new burger idea, so I turned to "the buzz" for a fast recommendation and this was the only one that was suggested- ( NOT a recipe that would have caught my eye). I followed the recipe a...