Juicy Lucy Burger

Ultimate Juicy Lucy Burger
  • Prep Time

    20 mins

  • Cook Time

    20 mins

  • Serves


  • Difficulty


This Minnesota-born burger – featuring hot, melted cheese in the middle of the patty – is surprisingly easy to make at home! This version is slightly different from the original.

To make a juicy burger on the grill, start by selecting the right meat, ideally beef with a high fat content. Divide the meat into portions and shape them into patties, making a small dimple in the center of each patty to allow for even cooking.

Preheat your grill to high heat, grill the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side, let them rest for a few minutes, and serve them hot.

TIP: Use beef with a high fat content, preferably 80/20 (80% meat, 20% fat) is best for making juicy burgers. You can grind your own meat or use pre-packaged ground hamburger meat.


  • 2 pounds Ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 false Pack of American cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Pickle relish (dill or sweet)
  • 1 pinch Hot sauce
  • 1 pinch Onion powder
  • 1 pinch Smoked paprika


  • 1

    Combine the ground beef, garlic powder, butter, salt, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce in a large mixing bowl.

    If grinding your own meat, click here for How To Instructions.

  • 2

    Divide the ground beef into 16 meatballs, which will form one small patty each. From each meatball, flatten each meatball to form 8 patties, making an indentation in the middle to place the cheese. Continue with the next 8 meatballs to make a flat patty, which will go on top of the first 8 patties.

  • 3

    Take each slice of American cheese and fold it in half two times, creating a stack of small cheese squares. Place this stacked piece of cheese in the middle of the burger—this is the bite of cheese that goes in the middle. Repeat for all 8 burgers with a piece of cheese.

  • 4

    Take the remaining 8 patties and place them on top of the patties with cheese and seal them around the edges, combining the two patties on the outside to make one burger.

  • 5

    For the Secret Sauce: Combine mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, hot sauce, onion powder and smoked paprika. Place in the refrigerator until ready to put on the burgers.

  • 6

    Prepare a grill for medium direct heat, about 350 degrees. If using a griddle or a cast iron skillet, place the skillet on the grill.

  • 7

    Place the patties on the skillet or grill and let them cook until they have started to brown on one side (on the cast iron they will form a crust). Flip the patties over and then add another slice of cheese.

  • 8

    Remove from heat and tent under foil to stay warm. Serve on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles and LOTS of secret sauce.

  • 9

    Serve immediately to experience the beauty of the melting cheese inside the patty, making for an epic cheesy bite with cheese literally oozing out of your burger.