How to Make Cheese Stuffed Burgers

You may have seen these before. Stuffed burgers are also known as Juicy Lucy. These stuffed burgers are a wonderful way to enjoy a cheeseburger in a new way.

stuffed burgers with cheddar cheese

What can make a hamburger better? One answer is stuffing it. If you have never had a cheese stuffed burgers, you don’t know what you are missing. Believe it or not, putting cheese and other “toppings” inside the hamburger patty makes a world of difference when it comes to both flavor and texture. The stuffing flavors permeate the beef throughout the cooking process and retain a higher moisture level that allows you to cook the meat fully without having it dry out. The next time you fire up the grill, don’t forget about this recipe.

How to Stuff a Burger

A stuffed burger may seem magical, but making one isn’t as difficult as you think. The secret is that you don’t really “stuff” a single large patty with the filling but rather sandwich the filling between two smaller patties.

To form stuffed hamburgers, first, divide the ground beef in the recipe into eight equal balls. Press your thumbs into the center of one of the balls and press down to form a depression. This is the space where you will place your stuffing, so make sure the walls are high enough to contain your “toppings” while still keeping a thick base. Once you fill the depression with your stuffing, place another flat patty on top. Pinch the meat together with your fingers to combine the two patties.

Stuffed Burger Ideas

Just about anything hot you like to put on top of a burger is fair game to go inside one. Here are a few delicious combinations to help jumpstart your creativity:

  • The Classic. It is hard to go wrong with American cheese, mushrooms, and onions. Cook the mushrooms and onions a little longer than usual to get more of the moisture out before stuffing.
  • Some Like It Hot. This burger version of a jalapeño popper is fantastic. Combine cream cheese, diced jalapeño peppers, and cooked bacon bits.
  • The Greek Isles. Feta cheese may not melt well, but its saltiness and pungent flavor work perfectly in a burger, especially when mixed with chopped black olives and served with tzatziki sauce.

Tips for Making Grilled Stuffed Burgers

  • Don’t forget to season your ground beef. Worcestershire sauce is excellent, but you can also add a pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper, cayenne pepper, dried mustard, garlic powder, or paprika for extra flavor.
  • Go easy on the fillings to keep your stuffed burger from falling apart. Make sure to shred any of the cheese you use extra fine, and cook your burgers at a little lower temperature for a longer time to let the filling gently release any excess moisture.
  • Use a specialty stuffed burger press to make stuffing simple. You can find stuffed hamburger presses in cooking stores or online. There are many great options on Amazon for less than ten bucks!
  • Feel free to switch out the meat your burger meat. This burger stuffing method works equally well with ground turkey or even bison!

Do you still have questions? Watch us make this recipe on YouTube!


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Ground beef chuck
  • Burger seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Hamburger buns

I like to use ground chuck to make these stuffed hamburgers. The amount of fat in ground chuck makes juicy burgers.

What should you use to stuff the burger? I have used Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, or even a simple blue cheese. If you didn’t want to use cheese you could add some grilled vegetables or even some barbeque sauce.

stuffed burgers ingredients

How to Stuff a Burger

You might wonder how to make stuffed burgers, but it isn’t difficult at all.

  1. Combine ground chuck, burger seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
    seasoned ground beef in a bowl
  2. Make 8 patties from the ground beef.
  3. In 4 of the patties make a well in the middle and add in the cheese.
    ground beef patties and shredded cheddar cheese on top of one of them
  4. Take another patty of the ground beef and place it on top.
  5. Seal the two patties together very well. 
  6. Heat up a grill to about 350 degrees.
  7. Cook burgers to your personal level of doneness.
  8. Serve burgers with hamburger buns.
cheese stuffed burger on parchment paper

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stuffed burgers with cheddar cheese

Grilled Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Learn how to make flavorful cheese stuffed burgers.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Stuffed Burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 595kcal


  • pounds ground beef chuck
  • 2 teaspoons burger seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • In a bowl combine ground chuck, burger seasoning, Worcestershire sauce.
  • Make 8 patties from the ground beef.
  • In 4 of the patties, make a well in the middle and add in the cheese.
  • Take another ground beef patty and place it on top. Seal the two patties together very well. 
  • Heat a grill to about 350 degrees.
  • Cook the burgers to your personal level of doneness.
  • Serve burgers with hamburger buns.



Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Barbara Mallory

    5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try a stuffed burger but couldn’t find a recipe I liked.Thanks to you..I”ve gone to heaven

  2. Monica

    We love stuffed burgers! Yours look amazing…ours never turn out that pretty but they sure taste good. I like caramelized onions, mushrooms and swiss; Steve likes bacon – lots of it. That’s probably why ours don’t look like yours…we fill then too full! Great post!!!!

  3. Cristine

    I like burgers with the ingredients inside them – not necessarily stuffed but all mixed together. Right now I’m on a portabella and smoked Gouda kick

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