Jucy Lucy Burgers

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Jucy Lucy Burgers are popular burgers that are a twist on the classic American cheeseburger.

jucy lucy burger with grilled onions piled high

About the Jucy Lucy Burger:

Two bars in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club) claim to be the originators of the Jucy Lucy. It’s characterized as a burger that has the cheese cooked inside the burgers instead of on top. The cheese cooked inside the burgers results in a “juicier” burger. One story about how the burger got its name is that a customer in 1954 remarked “Oooh, that’s one juicy lucy!” after biting into it.

Hero Dinners cookbook cover

Hero Dinners:

This copycat recipe for Jucy Lucy Burgers comes from a new cookbook by Marge Perry and David Bonom: Hero Dinners- Complete One Pan Meals That Save the Day. This is a handy cookbook to have around for easy dinners- especially as all the kids are headed back to school, and this time of year starts to get so busy.  It’s nice to have some new ideas for dinner- all made in either a skillet on the stove or a sheet pan in the oven. Every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain- and usually both.

Here are a few recipes that have caught my eye from the book– ones that I have bookmarked to make on my busy weeknights!  My list here is rather short, but everything in the book seriously looks good.

  • Lemon Chicken with Artichokes
  • Dijon-Roasted Chicken and Apples
  • Drumsticks Osso Buco
  • Weeknight Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Classic All-American Meatloaf
  • Rib Eye Steaks with Thyme-Shallot Butter
  • Shaved Vegetable and Prosciutto Pizza
  • Pork Chops with Italian Salsa Verde
  • Apricot-Honey Spare Ribs
  • Sweet Chili-Glazed Salmon
  • Greek Shrimp with Feta
  • Ooey Gooey Mac and Cheese
  • Skillet Lasagna with Caramelized Onions and Spinach
  • Skillet Cinnamon Buns

jucy lucy burger with lettuce and tomato and grilled onions piled high

These Jucy Lucy Burgers are adorned with sauteed sweet onions, a lettuce leaf and a slice of beefsteak tomato.

jucy lucy burger cut in half to see the cheese and tomato on the inside

When you bite into a Jucy Lucy, you get to experience that core of cheese melted within.  The cheese melts when the burger is cooking, so it helps keep the center of the burger nice and juicy! You don’t really need any condiments on this burger because there are so many great flavors going on, but you can certainly add ketchup or mustard if you’d like.

bowl of greens served alongside burgers

Because the cookbook is focused on sharing complete meals, the recipe in the book for Jucy Lucys includes a side dish of Garlicky Swiss Chard. It’s completely optional, but I’ve included it on the recipe below because it’s a delicious veggie to serve with these burgers!

Here are a few more burger recipes you might enjoy:

jucy lucy burger piled high with grilled onions
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Jucy Lucy Burgers

An American favorite!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 782kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword jucy lucys



  • pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices (3-ounces) deli-style extra sharp cheddar cheese


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • pounds Swiss chard (trimmed & center rib removed), torn into bite-sized pieces (about 12 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 4 potato sandwich rolls
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 beefsteak tomato slices



  • In a medium bowl, gently mix the beef salt and pepper. Form the mixture into 8 thin patties 3½ to 4-inches wide. Stack the cheese and cut into a total of 16 equal-size pieces. Place 4 of the patties on your work surface and top each with 4 pieces of the Cheddar, making sure you leave a border clear of cheese all the way around. Top with the remaining patties and firmly pinch the edges together to seal in the cheese.


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.


  • Reduce heat on the skillet to medium and add the oil. Stir in the garlic and cook until it just begins to brown around the edges, about 45 seconds. Add the Swiss chard, salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the chard is wilted and tender, 4 to 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl.


  • Wipe the skillet with a paper towel to remove any moisture, return it to medium heat and add the patties. Cook, turning once, until they are browned and cooked through, 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Place the bottom half of each roll on a serving plate. Top each with a lettuce leaf, tomato slice, pattie, and some of the onion; close the sandwiches. Let the burgers cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving as the cheese will be very hot.
  • Meanwhile, heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Return the chard to the pan and cook to heat through, about 1 minute. Serve the greens with the burgers.


  • If making this recipe as EGG FREE, use buns that have no egg in the ingredients.  If making this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, use gluten free buns.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 782kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1513mg | Potassium: 1447mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 12618IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 9mg
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  • Ryan wrote:

    That is a burger we will have to try before the summer season is over! Thank you. This looks SO GOOD!