Juicy Lucy Burgers


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!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 slices American cheese (such as Kraft®)

  • 4 hamburger buns, split


  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.

    close up view of a Juicy Lucy Burgers with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, served with potato chips

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

593 Calories
38g Fat
23g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 593
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 1143mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 237mg 18%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 503mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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