How to Make a Jucy Lucy Cheeseburger

by Caroline Stegner ; Updated August 31, 2017

The Jucy Lucy burger — a patty cooked with cheese in the middle — originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a staple in the state. But we may never know the true home of the decadent concoction, since Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club both claim to be the originator. Either way, who really created the meal doesn't matter: the gooey, cheesy interior of the burger makes for a melt-in-your mouth experience. Top the patty with some fresh pickle slices and a generous squeeze of ketchup for the perfect bite, and you'll be glad to have a Midwestern favorite right in your own home.

Form the Patties

Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Divide the meat into equal portions and place it on a cutting board or cookie sheet. Using your fingertips, press the meat into two thin patties. The patties should be about 1/4-inch thick.

Add the Cheese

Stack the sliced cheddar cheese cubes in the center of one of the patties, making sure to leave room along the outside.

Seal the Patties

Cover the cheese-topped patty with the second patty, and then pinch the edges of the meat to form a tight seal. Round out the edges of the patties with your hands and slightly flatten the top. Ensuring that the sides are sealed will prevent the cheese from seeping out. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

Cook the Burger

Heat an indoor grill pan, skillet or grill to medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the burger patty. Cover the patty with a lid and cook undisturbed for approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Do not press down on the patty while cooking — you do not want the cheese to escape!

Then, flip the burger with a spatula. Cover the patty again with the lid and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until cooked through. Remove the patty from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes.

Serve the Jucy Lucy

Place the warm patty on a bun (toasted, if desired) and top with pickles, ketchup and the top bun. Serve immediately.

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Caroline Stegner is the creator, editor and photographer of Sweet Caroline’s Cooking. She is a self-taught cook and baker who expands her culinary knowledge and experience via trial and error. Aside from cooking, Stegner enjoys tap dancing and anything and everything music-related.