juicy burger

Juicy Lucy burger

  • makes 4
  • Easy

The juicy Lucy was invented in Minneapolis when a chef decided to put the cheese inside, rather than on top of, a burger patty. You can use fancy cheese if you like but a true juicy Lucy uses classic burger cheese slices.



  • beef mince 500g
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • garlic salt 1/2 tsp
  • cheese slices 4
  • oil for frying
  • little gem lettuce 1, shredded
  • large tomato 1, sliced to serve
  • burger buns 4, toasted
  • red onion 1 small, sliced
  • sliced gherkin to serve


  • Step 1

    Put the mince in a bowl and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, the mustard, garlic salt and a good grind of pepper. Mix well with clean hands then divide into 4 balls.

  • Step 2

    Take each ball, divide in two, then shape into thin patties. The easiest way to do this is to put the balls between clingfilm and use a pan to press into a flat patty. Make them bigger than your bun as they will shrink when you cook them.

  • Step 3

    Cut a cheese slice into 4, then stack them in the middle of a patty. Put the other patty on top then pat down and pinch the edges so the cheese is completely enclosed. Repeat with the other burgers.

  • Step 4

    Heat a large, non-stick frying pan. Oil and season the burgers then add to the pan and fry for 4 minutes each side.

  • Step 5

    Put some lettuce and tomato on the base of each bun. Sit the burgers on top, then add onion and gherkins to finish.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 612
  • Fat 32.3g
  • Saturates 12.7g
  • Carbs 41.7g
  • Sugars 3.8g
  • Fibre 2.5g
  • Protein 37.4g
  • Salt 2.53g