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28 August 2019

This Juicy Lucy recipe is the ultimate cheeseburger, with gooey-melty cheese stuffed inside the burger. It’s a classic recipe, invented in Minnesota. Here is how to make it your way!

We’re making Juicy Lucy burgers today, my friends. It’s time to heat up those grills and gather up your favorite cheese. Every now and then you just want a cheeseburger, and if you’re going to have a cheeseburger, you might as well have one of the best ones around! Right?

I say YES. Have you ever had a Juicy Lucy? If not, you’re in for a wonderful surprise!

What is a Juicy Lucy?

A Juicy Lucy, aka Jucy Lucy, is a cheeseburger where the cheese is stuffed on the inside of the meat. It’s a simple recipe, invented in Minnesota, where two different local bars claim ownership, though you’ll find different versions all over town. The popularity has spread a bit beyond Minnesota, but you’ll definitely find them more regionally.

You make a Juicy Lucy by sealing cheese around a couple of ground beef patties. As you cook the burgers, the cheese gets wonderfully melty and gooey inside, making it quite the ‘juicy” experience. American cheese is traditional, though you can use whatever cheese you’d like.

As for toppings, typical burger condiments are traditional, such as ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, though again, you’re free to use whatever toppings you’d like.

A Juicy Lucy Cheese Stufffed Burger ready to serve

Mike’s Juicy Lucy

If you’re a spicy food lover, you’ll love my version, which takes a slightly spicy spin on the traditional Juicy Lucy. We’re incorporating Cajun seasonings to up the overall zest factor, habanero cheese along with a good helping of grill-roasted jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers. I’m also finishing it off with my spicy Ranchero Sauce Recipe, though you can use your favorite hot sauce instead.

Let’s talk about how we make the burgers, shall we?

How to Make a Juicy Lucy – Recipe Steps

First, mix a couple of tablespoons of your favorite Cajun seasoning blend into 2 pounds of ground beef. Hand mix to incorporate, but do not overmix.

Form 12 thin patties with the seasoned ground beef. 6 of them should be slightly larger, to form the base. I like to use a burger press for this process.

Indenting the ground beef for stuffing

Top each of the larger patties with a slice each of American and habanero (or pepperjack) cheese.

Stuffing the burgers with layers of cheese

This is super extra cheesy. Just the way I like it!

Next, top each of the stuffed burgers with the smaller patties and hand form the meat around the cheese. You should still have 6 burger-shaped patties.

Topping the stuffed burgers with extra ground beef to enclose the cheese

Grill or pan sear the burgers in a bit of olive oil at medium high heat a few minutes per side, until the cheese is melted and the burgers are cooked through to your preference. A cast iron pan is good for this, too.

Grilling up the burgers

Remove from heat and let the burgers rest a couple minutes to let the cheeses relax.

While the burgers are cooking, grill or pan sear the jalapeno and serrano peppers about 10 minutes, rolling a bit to get each side of the skins, until the skins char up and blacken. Learn more about How to Roast Peppers.

Roasting peppers to top our Juicy Lucy burgers

Slice the peppers into rings and discard the stems.

Serve the burgers onto buns topped with sliced peppers, ranchero sauce or hot sauce, and your favorite toppings.

Juicy Lucy Burgers oozing melty cheese

BOOM! DONE! That’s it, my friends. Easy, right? And spicy! And nice and gooey and cheesy! So many superlatives with this recipe. I can’t get enough of them.

Recipe  Tips

  • Get a Burger Press. This is the Burger Press that I use, my friends. It’s an affiliate link from Amazon. I HIGHLY recommend it. It works so GREAT for this!
  • Cajun Seasonings. I use my own homemade Cajun Seasoning Blend for this, but you can use whatever seasonings you like, even if it is just salt and black pepper. Good options include Creole seasoning or blackening seasoning. See the recipe notes for more options.
  • Cheese Options. As mentioned, American cheese is more traditional in Minnesota, but even there restaurants and pubs vary it up. I’m using spicy habanero cheese, but use whatever you’d like, as long as it is a melty cheese. Use a combo of your favorites like I did. Try these with goat cheese! Yes!

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Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Juicy Lucy: The Gooey Stuffed Cheeseburger
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
This Juicy Lucy recipe is the ultimate cheeseburger, with gooey-melty cheese stuffed inside the burger. It’s a classic recipe, invented in Minnesota. Here is how to make it your way!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burgers, grilling, recipe, spicy
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 575 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning Blend * SEE NOTES
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 6 slices habanero cheese or use pepperjack cheese
  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 serrano peppers
FOR SERVING: 6 brioche buns (or buns of choice), ranchero sauce or your favorite hot sauce, other burger toppings to your preference
Instructions
  1. Mix your Cajun seasonings into the ground beef. Hand mix to incorporate, but do not overmix.
  2. Form 12 thin patties with the seasoned ground beef. 6 of them should be slightly larger, to form the base. I like to use a burger press for this process.
  3. Top each of the larger patties with a slice each of American and habanero (or pepperjack) cheese.
  4. Next, top each of the stuffed burgers with the smaller patties and hand form the meat around the cheese. You should still have burger-shaped patties.
  5. Grill or pan sear the burgers in a bit of olive oil a few minutes per side, until the cheese is melted and the burgers are cooked through to your preference. Remove from heat and let the burgers rest a couple minutes to let the cheeses relax.
  6. When the burgers are coooking, grill or pan sear the jalapeno and serrano peppers about 10 minutes, rolling a bit to get each side of the skins, until the skins char up and blacken. Slice them into rings and discard the stems.
  7. Serve the burgers onto buns topped with sliced peppers, ranchero sauce or hot sauce, and your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

* Cajun Seasonings. I use my own Cajun seasoning blend, but feel free to use your own favorite burger seasoning, or try a good blackening seasoning. If you're unable to find one, use the following: 2   teaspoon  teaspoon  teaspoon  teaspoon  teaspoon  teaspoon 

Nutrition Facts
Juicy Lucy: The Gooey Stuffed Cheeseburger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 575 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 604mg25%
Potassium 538mg15%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1665IU33%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 461mg46%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 comments

  1. Chris Woolever

    I’ve made juicy lucy burgers with habenaro ghost pepper jack cheese. Something about using habenaro cheese on a burger is outstanding. If people like heat. Go for it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Yes! I love a spicy hot cheese on my burger! Nice choice.

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