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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 burger
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Editor's Note:

Please note changes in ingredient amounts if using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

618 calories; protein 39.6g; carbohydrates 27g; fat 38.1g; cholesterol 133.9mg; sodium 957.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2018
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 the center of the Juicy Lucy. WOW. I also plan on trying this with some of Chef john's Bacon Jam as a topping. Just can't go wrong with bacon and onions. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2019
My patties would not stay together once I bit into it. Read More
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2018
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 the center of the Juicy Lucy. WOW. I also plan on trying this with some of Chef john's Bacon Jam as a topping. Just can't go wrong with bacon and onions. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2018
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" together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2018
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2019
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 the cheese before sealing. Heaven! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2018
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2018
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2018
So good the whole family loved this one No more dry burgers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2019
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 crowd. By the way I like to change it up with other things stuffed in here and there what ever you like or have a taste for and it's always awesome Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2019
This is amazing! As good as at least one of alleged original juicy lucy creator but without the drive and wait for a table. Based on other reviews I used 80% fresh ground beef and Montreal steak seasoning in lieu of individual spices and a slice of American cheese folded in quarters. Due to sweltering heat I popped Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2019
My patties would not stay together once I bit into it. Read More
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