How to make perfect Juicy Lucy Burgers
This Minnesota-born burger – featuring hot, melted cheese in the middle of the patty – is surprisingly easy to make at home!
Preparation time: 45 minutes
2 pounds fresh ground beef (80% or 85% lean)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and pepper
4 ounces cheese per burger (suggestions: Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, American, smoked Swiss, blue cheese)
Buns, sliced and buttered
Vegetable oil (for grilling)
Toppings of your choice, such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomato slices, lettuce, mayonnaise, etc.
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix the seasoning is evenly distributed.
- Divide ground beef into 16 equal pieces. Place between parchment paper or plastic wrap and flatten into patties that are about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut or break cheese into smaller pieces, then add about 4 ounces (1-2 slices) cheese on top of 8 of the burger patties.
- Top each burger with a second patty and pinch edges together to seal completely.
- Rub vegetable oil on grill and heat grill to high.
- Sear burgers over direct heat, 1-2 minutes per side. After flipping burgers, poke a small hole in top of each one to allow steam to escape.
- Continue cooking over indirect heat until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes, to an internal temperature of at least 160 F. Remove from grill and allow burgers to rest for at least 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toast buttered buns on grill.
- Place burgers on toasted buns, add toppings and serve.
Tip: You can also cook the burgers on the stovetop in a pan, ideally a cast iron skillet. Heat the pan to medium high, add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or butter and cook for 6-8 minutes per side.