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Juicy Lucy Burger

It may be an American trait to try and improve an established classic. Burgers these days are topped with all manner of ingredients, including eggs, avocado, even French fries. With a Juicy Lucy, the extra goodness is inside; a traditional hamburger is stuffed with American cheese. Cheeses like pepper jack and mild cheddar also melt well. Two Minneapolis bars, the 5-8 Club and Matt’s, claim to have created the stuffed burger in the 1950s. Home cooks should use a high-quality chuck with 15 to 20 percent fat content—fat equals flavor and moisture. Be sure to let the burgers rest a few minutes after cooking as the cheese filling can be extremely hot.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
10 minutes
+ 5 minutes resting
Cook Time
7 minutes
Total Time
22 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free


  • 4 slices American cheese (about 3 oz)
  • 1½ lbs ground chuck (15–20 percent fat content), chilled
  • 1¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill (or use grill pan)
  • 4 (4-inch) hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Sliced pickles, for serving


  1. Cut each cheese slice in half and then in half again to form 4 squares. Place pieces on top of each other to form cheese stack. Set aside.
  2. Place meat, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and pepper in large bowl. Mix with clean hands until just combined.
  3. Divide meat into 8 equal portions and place on work surface.
  4. Using fingertips, press 2 portions of the meat into two ¼-inch patties. Should be about 1 inch wider in diameter than hamburger buns.
  5. Place one stack of cheese in center of one patty and then top with second patty.
  6. Pinch edges of patties together to form tight seal.
  7. Cup patty with hands to round out edges and press top gently to slightly flatten out patty.
  8. Transfer to plate and make remaining cheese-filled burger patties, totaling 4. Refrigerate until grill or grill pan is heated.
  9. If grilling, heat grill to medium high (375°F–425°F) and then rub grate well with paper towels dipped in vegetable oil.
  10. Place patties on grill (or grill pan). If grilling, close lid and cook undisturbed until grill marks appear, about 3–4 minutes.
  11. Flip patties with spatula, close grill again and cook until grill marks appear, another 3-4 minutes.
  12.  Remove to clean plate and let rest in warm place 5 minutes. Cheese filling can be dangerously hot, so don’t skip this step.
  13. Place patties on toasted hamburger bun bottoms, top with pickles and cover with bun top.
  14. Serve immediately.

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