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Chef John's Juicy Lucy

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"This isn't just any old cheeseburger. Depending on whom you talk to, this cheese-stuffed burger is either called a "Juicy Lucy," or a "Jucy Lucy." That's because two restaurants in Minneapolis claim to have invented it, and they spell it differently. Make sure you thoroughly and thoughtfully press the edges of the two patties together to seal in the cheese stuffing, which keeps the meat juicier. Spread your favorite burger sauce over the bun."
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25 m servings 617
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 burger)


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  1. Divide beef into two 3-ounce balls. Lightly moisten fingertips with water and press beef into patties about 1/4-inch thick. Drop Worcestershire sauce over patties; rub in lightly. Sprinkle garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne on top and rub in. Watch Now
  2. Cut a circle of cheese using a pastry cutter or the rim of a glass. Place cheese onto 1 patty; cover with the other patty. Press edges together carefully. Flip and continue pressing until fully sealed. Season both sides with a little salt. Watch Now
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patty for 5 minutes per side for medium doneness. Place patty on one half of a bun. Top with tomato, lettuce, and the other half of the bun. Watch Now


  • Chef's Note:
  • For a medium-rare burger, cook for about 4 minutes per side. There are so many variables such as fat content, meat temperature, pan temperature, cheese choice, and portion size, just to name a few. So, doing some testing before the big burger party is recommended. Best homework, ever! But overall, not much can go wrong.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 617 calories; 38.1 27 39.6 134 958 Full nutrition

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A true juicy Lucy uses American cheese. Just fold into quarters -- no sense fussing with cutting out circles. Make sure edges are sealed. I use a little bit of water on edges to help "glue" toge...

These were amazing from assembly to eating. I’ve made other versions before, but the technique and finished burgers were sooo delicious! Definitely a new favorite at my house!

This is an incredible burger. I did make it medium and added to the flavor and juiciness. Since I am a freak for onions on burgers, I added caramelized vidalia onion along with the cheese to th...

Chef John is absolutely right when he said this is a different experience than a normal cheese burger. This is now my go to for all burger parties.

This is absolutely delicious!!! I made this exactly as the recipe had stated. I will definitely be making this again. This recipe reminded me of the surprise burgers my mom would make.

I have to admit I worked garlic and onion flakes into the meat before forming patties. I used a biscuit cutter to cut the cheese. I also put a spoonful of chopped canned green chiles on top of t...

I made these with USDA Choice Top Sirloin I get a Smart & Final for $3.99 lb. The steaks were a bit chewy grilling on my Traeger and tried cast iron skillet in oven. So I now grind them to make ...

When ever I have the time (having 2 kids) This is the best way to make a burger for friends family and KIDS! They always love it!!! even though sometimes it's a little to much for the young cro...

Lives up to all the reviews I read before making it. I appreciate the cheese being in the middle. Well worth the try if you’re in the mood for hamburgers