You don’t have to be a chef to create delicious meals. In fact, you don’t even need much time or effort. Just follow these easy steps!

Juicy lucy burger with sautéed onions on a white plate with fresh coleslaw.

This cheese-stuffed burger recipe is so simple to make yet tastes amazing. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re having friends over for dinner or just cooking at home with your family.

How to make this tasty recipe

What you”ll need:

  • Ground beef
  • Colby jack cheese
  • Thick cut bacon

See the printable recipe card below for exact measurements.


Divide the burger meat into fourths

Then, cut the cheese into one-inch cubes.

Press one of the cheese squares into the side of the burger and wrap the meat around it and shape it into a patty. Repeat for the rest of the burger patties.

Stuffing raw burger meat with cheese.

Wrap each burger with bacon and place them into the skillet over medium-low heat.

Cheese stuffed burgers wrapped in bacon in a cast iron skillet.

Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side, or until bacon is crispy.

It will be challenging to check the internal temperature since the burgers are stuffed with cheese. So instead, watch the bacon. Once it is crispy on the top and bottom, that’s a tell-tale sign the beef is done.

Bacon wrapped burger with cheese inside on a cast iron skillet.

Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! But be careful; the cheese will be steamy hot.

What to serve with cheese stuffed burgers?

Coleslaw and french fries go great with cheeseburgers, as do these simple roasted parmesan garlic brussel sprouts or zucchini cakes.

Or, if you can’t seem to get enough bacon, try this cheesy bacon squash bake.

Most everyone loves a good burger; however, for those select few individuals who do not, try these simple stovetop brats.

Cooking Tips:

Cook low and slow to ensure the cheese melts and the meat cooks through

Toast the buns. Nobody wants a soggy bun, and toasting only takes a minute.

Leave it alone. Flipping the patty once will result in a juicier and tastier burger.

No need to add seasonings: If you do want to add your own personal touches, I’d recommend leaving out the salt; the bacon will account for plenty of salt.

Watch the temp: All stoves are different. If it looks like the bacon is crisping up before the burger is cooking through, you’ll want to adjust the temperature accordingly.

A juicy lucy burger with onions and coleslaw on a toasted bun.

Can I use any kind of meat?

While a decent lean to fat ratio ground beef is most popular, nearly any ground meat will work great with this recipe. A few of my favorites include ground elk, venison, pork or turkey.

Why you will love this stuffed burger recipe

It’s simple to make and is ready in under 30 minutes.

Suitable for even picky eaters. Kids (and picky adults) will love the burst of melting cheese in every bite.

Only 3 ingredients. Rarely will you find a recipe with this much flavor and so few ingredients.

Bacon wrapped stuffed cheese burgers on a white serving platter.

Why is it called a juicy lucy?

It wasn’t until recently I found out that a cheese-stuffed burger was actually called a juicy lucy. Traditionally it is filled with American cheese and served with a little pink inside.

Rumor has it a customer at a Minnesota bar and grill ordered a double patty with cheese in the middle; upon receiving, he proclaimed, “that’s one juicy lucy.” And the juicy lucy burger was born!

Melted colby jack cheese oozing out of a bacon wrapped burger with a toasted bun.

Frequently asked questions

What is a juicy lucy burger? A juicy lucy burger is a burger that contains cheese inside the patty, rather than on top of it. This makes for an ultra-juicy and delicious burger every time.

What is the best meat for a cheese-stuffed burger? I prefer locally raised ground beef; however, any ground meat, including ground moose, as I’ve done in the past, works great.

Juicy Lucy burgers

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoy this cheese-stuffed burger wrapped with bacon. This is one recipe that MUST be added to your weekly meal rotation.

The dinner table with be silent except for the munching and chomping on juicy lucy burger recipe night.

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Juicy lucy burger with sautéed onions on a white plate with fresh coleslaw.

Cheese Stuffed Burgers (Juicy Lucy Burger)

Laura Ascher
Juicy lucy burgers are always a hit with their hot melted cheese and crispy, savory bacon.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 392 kcal


  • 1 pound of ground beef divided into fourths
  • 1 block of colby jack cheese
  • 4 strips of thick cut bacon


  • Cut the cheese into 1" squares.
  • Press the cheese into each piece of ground beef and shape it into a patty.
  • Wrap each burger with a strip of bacon, then add to a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on both sides or until bacon is crispy.
  • Add it to a toasted bun with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!



Serving: 1ozCalories: 392kcalProtein: 36gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 348mg
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This website provides approximate nutrition information based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands, measuring methods and portion sizes per household. We recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer.

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