Molten Cheese Juicy Lucy

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 molten cheese juicy lucies
Two spots in Minneapolis claim to be the birthplace of the cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy. The 5-8 Club says it came up with the idea in the 1950s, while nearby Matt’s Bar & Grill says that in 1954, a customer requested the creation and exclaimed “That’s one juicy Lucy!” after trying it. The rule for eating one is universal: Wait before taking a bite to avoid burning your mouth on molten cheese!



  1. Mix the beef with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form the beef into eight 1/4-inch-thick patties. Fold each cheese slice into quarters and place a folded slice on 4 of the patties. Top each with another patty, then form the meat around the cheese to fully enclose.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. 
  3. Serve the burgers on the buns and top with ketchup, mayonnaise and/or pickles. Let sit a few minutes before eating.