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These cheese stuffed burgers are known as a Juicy Lucy! Cheddar cheese is sandwiched between two meat patties and grilled to perfection!

close up of a burger stuffed with cheese

RECIPE FEATURES

  • Minimal Ingredients: The burger itself only has 4-ingredients!
  • Quick and Easy: Start to finish you are looking at roughly 20 minutes.
  • Perfect Weeknight Dinner
  • We make these all of the time. It is a summer staple.

CHEESE stuffed cheeseburgers. Really, they are as good as they sound. Let’s break this down. You take two perfect hamburger patties and sandwich cheese in between. Pinch the edges, you don’t want any of that gooey cheese gold to get out, and grill to perfection!

When you bite into this burger it is an explosion of flavor. SO. DANG. GOOD. Voted one of our all-time favorites and a summer staple.

stuffed burger ingredients

WHAT’S IN A JUICY LUCY BURGER?

I briefly mentioned above, but the ingredient list for this tasty meal is SHORT. You only need 4 things for the burger itself. Since they are minimal, I suggest reaching for premium beef like ground chuck or ground sirloin.

  • Ground Beef: The best ground beef for stuffed hamburgers is 80/20 ground chuck. This ratio gives you an incredibly flavorful and juicy burger every single time.
  • Seasonings– I really like the Traeger Beef Rub, but you can’t go wrong with plain ol’ salt and pepper.
  • Worcestershire: My secret ingredient. It adds a depth of flavor that takes this from good to great.
  • Cheese: Pick your favorite cheese or check out the notes below for some of our favorites.
  • Buns + Toppings

STUFFED BURGER IDEAS

You can stick with the cheese, OR you can get really creative and mix up a few variations. My favorite? Jalapeno Popper Burgers! Here are a few ideas to help get you started, but don’t limit yourself. Use any of your favorite flavor combinations.

  • Jalapeno Popper Burger: Cream cheese + diced jalapenos
  • Bacon Burger: Chop 1 or 2 slices of bacon + cheddar cheese.
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Yes, take full scoops of mac and cheese and stuff it right in the center!
  • Grilled Onions and Mushrooms.
ground beef patty with cheese on top

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK A STUFFED BURGER/JUICY LUCY

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. 
  2. Combine the beef, burger seasoning, and Worcestershire in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands until combined. 
  3. Divide into six equal pieces.
  4. Use your hand to form a thin and large round patty. You want them to be larger than you think but not thin enough that they break open. They will shrink and thicken while cooking. 
  5. Fold and break your cheese slices into quarters. Pace in the center of three patties.
  6. Take the remaining three patties and place directly on top of the cheese. Pinch the edges to close tightly.  
  7. Grill burger patties covered for 3-5 min each side on the grill. Flip burgers when juices are accumulating on top of burger and you have a good sear. Always be sure to cook until internal temperature of beef reaches 160˚F. 
burger sliced in half with cheee stuffing

Stuffed Burgers Tips and FAQs

  • Toast your hamburger buns with a tiny bit of butter. This gives you an incredibly delicious restaurant flavor and helps keep the toppings from soaking into the bun. 
  • Use 80/20 ground chuck for the best flavor. 
  • If you’re up for a little extra something… I like to mix equal parts Kraft Mayo with ketchup to form a yummy spread. Place it on the top bun to kick things up a notch!
What cheese is best for burgers?

According to Food & Wine, the top three cheese for burgers are: American, brie, and cheddar.
All three have been used in our cheddar stuffed burgers and we love them! However, cheddar and pepper jack reign supreme in our home.

What do you put inside a stuffed burger?

When you bite into the burger you’re met with ooey gooey melted cheese. Lots of it. The best part about this recipe is how creative you can get. If you want to add chopped bacon into the center… Go for it! Or how about a cream cheese jalapeno mixture? Maybe just a different cheese like provolone or pepper jack? The possibilities are endless!

How do you keep stuffed burgers from falling apart?

Here is the secret to keeping your patties together, or at least what we have found works for us. Mix as little as possible to avoid overworking the meat. If it seems a little warm from handling, refrigerate for 20 minutes before cooking. Easy peasy.

close up of a burger with sliced tomatoes

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Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These cheese stuffed burgers are known as a Juicy Lucy! Cheddar cheese is sandwiched between two meat patties and grilled to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon beef seasoning- I really like the Traeger Beef Rub
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 3 slices cheese
  • 3 buns
  • toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. 
  2. Combine the beef, burger seasoning, and Worcestershire in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands until combined. 
  3. Divide into six equal pieces.
  4. Use your hand to form a thin and large round patty. You want them to be larger than you think but not thin enough that they break open. They will shrink and thicken while cooking. 
  5. Fold and break your cheese slices into quarters. Pace in the center of three patties.
  6. Take the remaining three patties and place directly on top of the cheese. Pinch the edges to close tightly.  
  7. Grill burger patties covered for 3-5 min each side on the grill. Flip burgers when juices are accumulating on top of burger and you have a good sear.
  8. Medium burgers will reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Notes

  • Toast your hamburger buns with a tiny bit of butter. This gives you an incredibly delicious restaurant flavor and helps keep the toppings from soaking into the bun. 
  • Use 80/20 ground chuck for the best flavor. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396
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Sara @ Mom Endeavors

Friday 2nd of May 2014

Yum! I have no idea why I've never done this before! Delish!

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty

Thursday 1st of May 2014

Ooey gooey melted goodness inside of a burger? YES PLEASE!!!!!!!! This looks divine and as always, I love your gorgeous photos!

Amy Anderson

Thursday 1st of May 2014

This looks SO good - and now I am starving!

Kimber

Thursday 1st of May 2014

I bet my kids would go crazy over this! We will have to try it soon!

Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Yum!!! This cheesaholic thinks this recipe sounds divine!

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