Not your average cheeseburger, this burger is stuffed with caramelized onions and plenty of buttery sharp cheddar cheese! This cheese stuffed burger is commonly called a Juicy Lucy, and my version also has crispy bacon and smoky barbecue sauce!
Juicy Lucy Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe
Here in the Midwest, we love our cookout season, and I promise if you make this ultimate juicy Lucy stuffed burger, you’ll be the absolute star of the cookout!!
- Course: Main, Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Servings: 4 burgers
- Author: Amanda of thechunkychef.com
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR CHEESE STUFFED BURGER
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1 medium sweet yellow onion
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (75 or 80% lean)
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- A drizzle of olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp butter
- All-natural barbecue sauce
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted
To a large skillet, add bacon strips and heat over med-low heat. Cook until bacon is cooked to your desired crispness, then transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool. Drain all but about a tablespoon of the bacon grease, reserving that last Tbsp in the pan.
Increase heat under the same skillet to MED heat. Add sliced onion and cook 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove onions to a plate, and turn off the heat.
Divide the beef into 8 equal portions and shape into balls. On a flat surface, lay down a sheet of wax paper and top with a ball of ground beef. Top with another sheet of wax paper and use a flat bottomed pan to press the meat into 1/4-1/2 inch patties. Repeat with remaining patties.
To one of the thin patties, top with 1/8 cup cheddar cheese, a tablespoon or two of the onions, and another 1/8 cup cheese. Leave a border around the patty. Top with another thin patty, pressing the edges of the top and bottom patty together to seal well. Shape into a thick burger patty.
Double-check burger to make sure there are no holes, then season well with salt and pepper. In the same skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and the butter and heat over MED heat.
Add burgers to pan (I like to cook 2 burgers at a time to make sure I have room to flip them carefully), and cook approximately 8 minutes, until burgers are brown up the sides.
Use a wide spatula and carefully flip burger to the other side and cook another 5 minutes or so, until golden brown.