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Juicy Lucy

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JUICY LUCY! A delicious hamburger stuffed with molten, bubbly, waterfalling cheese, all piled on a buttery toasted bun with all the fixings. The BEST.

This recipe is sponsored by ALDI

Summer isn’t summer without a good burger.

Er, scratch that. Summer isn’t summer without a good Juicy Lucy.

What Is a Juicy Lucy?

A Juicy Lucy is a delicious hamburger stuffed with molten, bubbly, waterfalling cheese. That’s it. A burger stuffed with cheese.

If you are Minnesotan born and raised, you FOR SURE have eaten enough Juicy Lucys to have an opinion on all fronts: what kind of cheese should be used, should they be grilled or pan fried, and which dive bar does it best.

I am, conveniently, from Minnesota! And I have opinions:

  • What kind of cheese? Straight up American. YOU NEED A SMOOTH MELT. Yes, you can use sliced cheddar or pepperjack in a pinch (or throw some jalapeños in with your American for a hybrid). A lot of people also like to use blue cheese, which makes it a Blucy. But the essence of a Juicy Lucy, in my opinion, is a creamy, smooth-melt, almost-liquid-like center of cheese. This isn’t the time for Mozzarella cheese pulls, okay?
  • Grilled or pan fried? We do both in our house. Just depends on the day.
  • Which dive bar does it best? I vote for The Nook. It’s in our little neighborhood corner of St. Paul and the dingy ambiance is everything a good dive bar should be. Plus, bowling alley in the basement. Seriously.

Juicy Lucy Ingredients

Beef, spices, American cheese. And some good brioche buns.

ALDI ingredients for Juicy Lucy.

But, Like, How Do You Stuff It with Cheese?

It’s zero percent hard.

Make one smallerish patty, and one largerish patty.

Put the little hunks of cheese on the largerish one.

Adding cheese to two burger patties.

Put the smallerish one on top, and pinch up the edges.

Burger patties with cheese before grilling.


What Do You Put On a Juicy Lucy Though?

Whatever the heck you want.

I prefer a simple Juicy Lucy:

  • bun
  • Juicy Lucy (the beef and melty cheese part)
  • pickled jalapeño
  • sometimes tomato
  • always ketchup
  • maybe mayo
  • and often ranch because, yes, I really am that Minnesotan.
Juicy Lucy cut in half.

Finally. ALDI is our partner for this post, and here’s why I love that:

  • ALDI sells some really delicious and quality ingredients that cost less dollars. For example, ORGANIC GRASS FED GROUND BEEF that does not cost your entire paycheck AND earned the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. Thank you, ALDI, for doing it right.
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Happy summer BBQ-ing!

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Juicy Lucy style burger on a plate.

Juicy Lucy

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x


JUICY LUCY! A delicious hamburger stuffed with molten, bubbly, waterfalling cheese, all piled on a buttery toasted bun with all the fixings. The BEST.



Juicy Lucy Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (I used Simply Natural Organic Grass fed Ground Beef from ALDI)
  • 2 tablespoons burger seasoning (I used Stonemill Gourmet Burger Seasoning from ALDI)
  • 612 slices American cheese (I used Happy Farms Deluxe American Cheese Slices from ALDI)

Juicy Lucy Extras:

  • 6 brioche buns (I used Specially Selected Brioche Buns from ALDI)
  • Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles 
  • Sauces: Ketchup, mustard, mayo 

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  1. Mix the spices into the ground beef (I just mix by hand). Divide the beef into 6 even sections.
  2. Form each section into two thin patties (a smaller top patty, and a larger bottom patty). Place 1-2 folded pieces of cheese on the bottom patty, and place the smaller top patty over it, pinching up the edges to seal.
  3. Grill or pan fry for about 5 minutes, or until cooked to your desired doneness and cheese is melted. We usually sacrifice one Juicy Lucy and cut into it to test the doneness of both the beef and cheese.
  4. Let the Juicy Lucys rest for a minute or two. This is essential, otherwise the cheese will be so hot that it will literally come exploding out all over the place. I’m very serious.
  5. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings! 


I find it very difficult if not impossible to go for a medium-done Juicy Lucy because if you limit the cook time on the burger, it’s hard to get the cheese hot enough to melt. Plus you don’t want to be sticking a meat thermometer into these because you’ll lose your delicious melty cheese. We usually just go for a more well-done burger (the patties on either side are thin so this happens relatively quickly) since we are chasing that delicious melty cheese center. 

Definitely recommend toasting the buns! Just spread them with a little butter and either pop in the oven for a few minutes at 350, or place on the upper rack of a grill while the burgers finish.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: juicy lucy, burger stuffed with cheese, minnesota juicy lucy

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love the new Instacart feature! So cool! Is it wrong to want a Juicy Lucy for breakfast?Because it’s 7:30 in the morning and now I do!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Another vote for the Nook!! My standard order is Juicy Nookie with fried onions and special sauce on the side. The best. I’ve had homemade lucys and had a particularly bad one when I was pregnant (patties way too thick, didn’t get done at all so was less than rare in the middle…. BAD) so I stick to the restaurants now 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing! My son would like it exactly as you have it in the pic. Would you mind telling me the layers? Is that shredded lettuce on the bottom with mayo?

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    YESSS!!! I love the Nook, closely followed by Blue Door Pub’s Blucy and tots. I attempted to make Juicy Lucy burgers a few weeks back and my hubs didn’t realize they were filled and *gasp* PRESSED ON THE PATTIES. It was a cheese explosion on the grill. So sad. I very nearly cried.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Aaahhh, the Jucy Lucy dive bar debate! I live right by the Nook so always vote for them out of ‘hood loyalty…but it’s a close race! Thanks for the easy recipe–I should try to make my own.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    How convenient that I didn’t have a meal plan made for this week.
    This is absolutely happening SOON.
    Love this twist on a good old cheeseburger 😀
    I will have to remember to stop for a Juicy Lucy next time I cross over to Minnesota.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    YASSS GUURRRL. As a fellow Minnesotan, I too have a love for a Juicy Lucy (and ranch). I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    I second others who say that the Nook is on my list to try!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    1. Love The Nook recommendation.
    2. This looks delish and I’m making it this weekend.
    3. I’ve recently started shopping at Aldi, because budget, and this helps with meal plan inspiration.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve only eaten them at Matt’s… 😉

    Thank you for this! I have tried to make them at home and struggle with getting them cooked properly. I’ve had better luck picking up pre-made patties from a local shop. I will try it again this way – I’m feeling good about it!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I. Love. This Post! I’m not from MN, my body unfortunately isn’t thrilled if I eat much beef, but your down to earth enthusiasm, great sense of humor, and gorgeous pics kept me reading and smiling! You guys really deserve the success your blog has. Keep it all up!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    We had this exact burger for dinner tonight, only we used Aldi smoked gouda, BEFORE I saw your post! My husband thought the taste was amazing, and we are Iowans so we know our beef! No instacart for me though – I like going thru the aisles and checking out new their new products!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    What is the fat content (percent) of the ground beef you use? Not the nutritioinal info, but the percent on the package. I don’t have an ALDI market so I can’t check it out myself. Thanks.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Central New Yorker here who has never even heard of a juicy Lucy! I made your recipe tonight and wow it was SO delicious! Will make them again!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I was exploring my Instagram feed and I saw your amazing food Image. So, now I am here reading your mindblowing recipes. You make so delicious food. Will try your recipes when I’ll get time on this Sunday.


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    Karen Carman

    Would these freeze well? I only need three but thought about making extra to pull out for another night.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I used to live around the corner from Matt’s Bar and it was a constant tempatation to go there for a Jucy Lucy at every meal. Now that I don’t live in Minneapolis any more I haven’t had a Jucy Lucy in ages. I can’t wait to try this recipe!