Is there much better than Cheese Stuffed Burgers? This Juicy Lucy Burger will be the best thing you put on the grill this summer! One bite of this juicy cheeseburger and you will be wondering why you ever put the cheese on top.
I have partnered with the Wisconsin Beef Council for the next few months to talk about important nutrition information and share some delicious recipes. All opinions expressed are my own.
I live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin where there are a lot of farms – somewhere around 69,754 to be exact.
With the rise of interest in the farm to fork movement, more people are interested in learning where the food they eat comes from. I am proud to say I have family and friends who are farmers – they are some of the hardest working people I know.
These are the people raising our food supply, helping nourish our families, and working around the clock to do so. If you’d like to learn more about a farm that happens to be in my area, check out this article and meet a farm family who may be raising the beef your family eats.
Keep reading to learn how to make a homemade burger easily.
From tailgating at Packer games (Go Pack!), to parties and BBQ’s, all you have to do is walk out the door in the summer months and you’ll smell burgers in the air!
Does this mean we ditch the vegetarian meals at my house? No way. My goal is to provide my family with with a variety of protein sources – because they all provide a different nutrient profile. I am working to teach my kids how to enjoy a well balanced and varied diet. Some days are harder than others, but that is a topic for another day! 🙂
As a dietitian, I’m all about nutrition facts. I have some facts about beef you might be surprised to learn.
Did you know lean cuts of beef actually provide significantly fewer calories and more nutrition than many plant based proteins? Crazy isn’t it?! Check out this chart from Facts About Beef:
A cooked 3 oz. lean beef patty contains around 154 calories and 25 grams of protein – nearly half the recommended daily value. Protein helps with satiety and a burger will fill you up more than some of these other options, helping prevent overdoing it on all the high calorie side dishes that might be tempting you.
Keep in mind that all cuts of beef are not the same. The new Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans choose lean proteins. These days there are 38 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean. We are using that lean beef today in this burger recipe.
Those of you living in the Midwest, especially those from Minnesota, will be familiar with this cheese stuffed burger: The Juicy Lucy.
My husband is a Golden Gopher – a graduate of the University of Minnesota. While that was years ago, along with his diploma, he brought back his love of the Juicy Lucy. Read the history of this cheese filled burger here if you’d like the background story.
Having graduated from Wisconsin schools, I was happy to put a Wisconsin spin on this delicious burger – making it a Cheese Curd Juicy Lucy!
Watch to see just how simple this Cheese Stuffed Burger is to make:
Cheese curds are about as Wisconsin as it gets.
If you’ve never had to opportunity to bite into a fresh curd and hear the satisfying “squeak” of the cheese, I’m so sorry. You sure are missing out. Check out exactly what a cheese curd is —>
Scray’s Cheese Co. is a local cheese factory
Scray’s Cheese Co. has it’s own drive thru window people.
Yes, you can pick up a coffee and a bag of cheese curds. Welcome to Wisconsin!
Don’t have cheese curds in your area? No worries – you can use your favorite cheese instead.
How do you make homemade burgers? Here’s a step by step guide to building this cheese stuffed burger made with 100% beef:
Oh, and if your wondering how many calories are in this Juicy Lucy Burger Patty? Only 175. Can’t beat that!
Look in your pantry for lids from jars the size you’d like your burgers to be.
The goal is just a tad speck larger than the bun. I found small lids for the kids burgers and a larger lid for the adult sized burger.
And isn’t this plate just the cutest? I won it at the school auction when my daughter was in kindergarten 🙂
To make a juicy homemade burger, fat is needed to some extent.
I like to blend 90% lean beef with 80% lean beef. If you want a lower fat burger, use just 90% lean, but take care to not overcook and dry it out.
Disregard the nutrition info on these packages. The facts are based on 4 oz portions, which we are not making. We are going for 10 burgers at around 2.5 oz. portions, reducing the calories and fat.
There are just 22 calories in a moderate sized curd.
Just 1 cheese curd is needed. You can cut a mozzarella cheese stick into 5 pieces and use that too, or your favorite cheese. The smaller amount of cheese helps cut fat and calories from a typical cheeseburger.
In order to not get “domed” burgers, push down the middle as much as you can without revealing the cheese when forming the burger patty.
Season burgers with salt & pepper.
Grill 4 min. each side, flipping only once.
And don’t squeeze down on the burgers with the spatula while cooking! This squeezes the juice right out of the burger.
I like to toss the buns on the grill a couple minutes before the burgers are done to get them nice and toasted.
No butter is necessary for toasting!
Top with tomato, lettuce, or your favorite condiments, but try to get those veggies in there!
One bite and you’ll never make another kind of burger! 🙂
Cheese Stuffed Burgers: The Juicy Lucy
A cheese stuffed Juicy Lucy homemade burger will be the best thing you put on the grill this summer! One bite of this juicy cheeseburger and you will wonder why you ever put the cheese on top.
- 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
- 1 lb. 80 or 85% lean ground beef
- 10 pieces cheese, such as cheese curds, or cut up mozzarella sticks
Preheat grill to high heat.
With clean hands, mix beef together.
Line a lid the size of desired burgers with plastic wrap.
Place beef onto plastic wrap and make a small hole for cheese.
Place cheese into beef, cover with more meat.
Flip lid onto serving tray, pushing down to tightly form burger, remove any meat on the sides.
Remove lid and plastic wrap. Repeat for all burgers.
Grill burgers 4 minutes each side, flipping only one time. Do not push down on burgers while cooking!
Serve immediately on your favorite roll with desired condiments.
Compliment the burgers with some delicious side dishes –> get some ideas here.
So, I’d love to know, have you heard of a Juicy Lucy before?! Have you tried one yet? Share below!
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