Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers (Jucy Lucy Burgers)

“Jucy Lucy” burgers with a hot cheese and bacon filling in the center.

American cheese singles were a part of my life long before I had a choice in the matter.  My mother raised me on them. We even had a special container designated solely for holding both white and yellow American cheese singles inside. It was then as it is now our go-to cheese for making the best grilled cheese and cheeseburgers.

It’s no secret I come from a family of burger lovers. We love trying out new burger recipes together, some fancy and some not so but the “Jucy Lucy” is one we will always come back to.

For making “Jucy Lucy” burgers American cheese works best for achieving the molten middles. No other cheese can melt into a liquid puddle the way American cheese does.

Crispy pieces of bacon add another layer of flavor and make this a new favorite way to eat bacon cheeseburgers.

The burgers come with a warning! The cheese gets so hot that it can cause burns. Restrain the urge to bite into them immediately and let them rest a few minutes before serving (especially to children).

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers (Jucy Lucy Burgers)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers (Jucy Lucy Burgers)

“Jucy Lucy” burgers with a hot cheese and bacon filling in the center.


1 1/4 pounds ground beef
4 slices American cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
4 buns
Your favorite condiments and toppings


  1. Divide beef into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a tightly packed ball. Working with one ball at a time divide into 2 equal portions. Flatten them into a circle on a cutting board. Fold a slice of cheese in half twice so you have 4 squares of cheese and place in middle of burger. Cover the cheese with bacon crumbles and place the other patty on top so. Crimp the edges together to seal them, the cheese will make a bump on top. Repeat until all 4 burgers are ready. Season the tops with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat (alternately you can grill them) and cook burgers over heat 5 minutes on first side (the cheese bump should facing up). Flip the burgers and poke the tops of the burgers with a toothpick to let steam escape. Cook 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let burgers rest a few minutes (especially when serving to children) as cheese is molten hot and can cause burns. Serve on buns with the condiments of your choice.


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  1. Claudia says

    Jucy Lucy was apparently invented here in the Twin Cities. I make a point to make them every summer – and loving your bacon. Usually I won’t touch American cheese – but you are correct – they are perfect for these burgers. You did every burger-loving person proud with this!

  2. BeadedTail says

    Perfect for the holiday weekend! I grew up on those cheese slices too but they were never in anything that look as good as that!

    Moon, hope you have a relaxing holiday weekend with lots of sunpuddles!

  3. Nichol says

    YUM! I always use cheddar cheese when I make my stuffed jalepeno burgers but think I may need to use Kraft singles next time!!

  4. Kim says

    You are so right! There is nothing like American cheese on a grilled cheese or burger. This is a perfect post for Memorial Day weekend.

  5. Rita says

    I remember buying those cheese slices all the time when my boys were growing up. This is one good looking burger!

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