Why put the cheese on top of the burger when half of it just melts off? Instead, form the burger around the cheese so you can char the meat and safeguard the more delicate flavors. Use any mixture of hard or semihard cheeses--Emmentaler and Gouda or Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano also pair well.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005

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Recipe Summary

total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler.

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  • Combine Cheddar and Gruyere in a small bowl.

  • Gently mix beef, Worcestershire, paprika and pepper in a large bowl, preferably with your hands, without overworking. Shape into 8 thin, 4-inch-wide patties. Mound 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each of 4 patties, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cover each with one of the remaining patties. Crimp and seal the edges closed.

  • To grill: Lightly oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the stuffed patties over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. (Be sure not to press the burgers as they cook or they'll split open and the cheese will ooze out.) To broil: Cover a broiler pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Broil the stuffed patties in the upper third of the oven, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. In either case, let the burgers stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips

To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

264 calories; protein 26.3g 53% DV; carbohydrates 1.3g; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 0.4g; fat 16.1g 25% DV; saturated fat 7.3g 36% DV; cholesterol 88.7mg 30% DV; vitamin a iu 459.9IU 9% DV; vitamin c 0.7mg 1% DV; folate 7.8mcg 2% DV; calcium 139.1mg 14% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 25.9mg 9% DV; potassium 405.4mg 11% DV; sodium 211mg 8% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (21)

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
Have been doing this for years. Anything you ever thought of putting on a burger I put inside. Olives pickles tomatoes cheeses jalapenos BBQ sauce etc. Parties I make assorted and call them surprise burgers. Can't beat it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2012
Had this for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
It was great! My kids loved it too. Anonymous SC Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These burgers were so tasty and juicy!! I used half mozarella half smoked guyere cheese for the inside though. I think the smoked guyere added a kick of flavor and the mozarella added texture. I slapped those babies on the George Forman grill for about 2 mins...yum =-) Valoria Philadelphia PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I used this recipe but substituted the beef with turkey. I also used Mexican mix shredded cheese and crisp crumbled bacon. My family raved!!!! Alison Malvern PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was terrifically good! I added 1/4 t. salt to the mix because no salt made me nervous. Worcestershire and paprika... who knew? Anyway this is going to be the standard grilled hamburger for get-togethers from now on. Thank you! Anonymous Alamo CA Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is a great concept and you can modify it only slightly to make GREAT party meatballs: Mix up the "meatball" meat using these seasonings perhaps upping either the smokiness or adding fresh herbs and "wrap" the meat around boconcini (smaller buffalo mozzarella "balls") or other cheese. Bake in a casserole dish with some sauce noting that you'll need less time to cook the meatballs through because of the cheese in the middle. What a delightful surprise when your guests cut them open and find that gooey goodness inside! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
its so very yummy!!!!!! its easy to prepare!! marish gil Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
As any true Minneapolis citizen knows this is called a Juicy Lucies. You can put whatever cheese you want in them and top them with all sorts of wonderful things. I love the other reader's comments about using ground turkey and am totally going to try it! Let your creative juices flow with the Juicy Lucies. The options are endless! mncook Minneapolis MN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This recipe is very good but we used lean ground turkey instead of the beef. Mrs.Bartolomeo Indianola IO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I really liked this idea! It made them so moist. We grilled mushrooms & onions and put on top. I did add some salt as I salt EVERYTHING. Deborah Franklin PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made these before I ever saw this recipe and they are delicious. I even suggest adding thawed out shredded spinach to the cheese mixture. Or add fresh spinach on top with a tomato. Angela Hibbing MN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is very good but i stepped it up a notch i sauted mushrooms and some veggies and my family liked it very much. i also used seasonings that we like keep up the good taste. Jerrie greer Decatur IL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I loved these. I would have never thought of adding paprika to a hamburger recipe. I will add salt next time though...it really needs it. Laura San Antonio TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These were delicious! My family raved about them. I used shredded Mexican cheese instead of Gruyere (it was what I had) and they were quite yummy. Keep it coming. Lucretia Pensacola FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this the other night and it just tasted okay. It needs more flavor. MO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was good although I overcooked the burgers a little bit. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These were very good. I definately recommend using a hamburger press to make sure they are all the same size. the meat gets a little hard to work with in such small amounts as well...thin patties. But they tasted good. Anonymous Westland MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The idea is sound but the flavor was just so/so. I am normally make hamburgers using the recipe from America's test kitchen. That meat mixture with the cheese inside would be amazing. Will try that next time. But I did receive raves from my son who couldn't believe I managed to put the cheese in the middle! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these burgers last night they were great i changed it up just a little by using montery jack cheese and cooked applewood bacon in the centers scrumdumdillyalicious!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wonderful! I used a smoked gouda/cheddar combo and smoked paprika (what I had) and it was sooo delicious! Next time will try with the bacon someone recommended. Also love the idea of making these as meatballs for a party - Genius!:) Keep 'em coming EW! Read More