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Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burgers | Smoked Juicy Lucy

Try my Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burgers tonight. These are packed full of colby jack cheese and then topped with cheddar, all grilled on the Traeger for that delicious wood-fired flavor that you just cannot get on a gas or charcoal grill.

Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burgers

If you are still not decided on what you’re having for dinner tonight, I have just the thing.

Have you ever heard of the Juicy Lucy?

It is a stuffed burger with flavorful seasoned meat and oozing with cheese, this recipe will please the whole family. Easy and flexible, you really can make this one you own.

If you ever make it out to Minnesota, or maybe you’re from there, you have probably heard of the Juicy Lucy. This is where it was originated although where is truly up for debate.

What we do know is that it was first made on Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis. Which bar is the tricky part! Either way, people make their way out to enjoy these fabulous unique burgers all year long.

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Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burger

How do I stuff burgers?

If you don’t have a handy burger press, you can still make a fabulous Juicy Lucy. Here are some tips for doing it by hand!

  • Thaw hamburger to fridge temperature. This helps the hamburger to be more pliable.
  • Choose your cheese wisely, I used colby jack. You want something that melts nicely!
  • Make two hamburger patties. The bottom one needs to be a little bigger than the top.
  • Place cheese on one side of the patty, then top with another (slightly smaller) patty.
  • Gently squeeze sides of patties together to prevent the cheese from oozing out.

While this isn’t a hard method, if you want to make things a little easier and make them look a little more uniform in size, then I would try this handy tool that Cuisinart makes.

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Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burger

What toppings go well on a Juicy Lucy?

  • bleu cheese
  • bacon
  • onions, raw or sauteed
  • jalapenos
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • tomato, basil, mozzarella

Try our Smoked Brat Burger too!

Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burger

What side dishes go well with burgers?

When we are grilling for dinner there are usually many opinions for sides. My favorite for stuffed burgers?

My Panko Onion Rings because what goes better with a burger than onion rings?

Not an onion ring fan? Then my Loaded Oven Potatoes are for you. These are full of bacon, cheese and spices, and they are easy to make while grilling the burgers and are a family favorite.

If you are more of a classic side fan and you have a Blackstone, try our Blackstone Frozen French Fries! If you have an air fryer, our Air Fryer Fries are excellent and homemade.

Another thing I really love is my Dilly Tuna Pasta Salad, and is always a favorite when I bring that salad to a potluck. Even the kids like this tuna. 🙂

Need vegetables with this? Try my Traeger Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus.

 If you are like me and love bacon on or in your burger, then try my Traeger Bacon. It is delicious and so flavorful, you may need to make extra for your breakfast tomorrow. It also is perfect with my Chorizo Breakfast Tacos.

Yield: 6 burgers

Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burgers

Traeger Grilled Stuffed Burger

Cheesy stuffed burgers are grilled over wood and topped with more cheese and grilled onions.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Grill Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 pounds 85/15 lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 6 slices colby jack cheese
  • Johnny's or Lawyr's seasoning salt


  1. Preheat your grill to 375.
  2. Gently mix together the ground beef, salt, and onion & garlic powder. Form into 12 patties.
  3. Place some the shredded cheese on top of the burger patty. Cover with another patty and seal the edges.
  4. Season the outside of the burger with seasoning salt.
  5. Place on the grill grate, and grill for 7-8 minutes, and then flip the burger and grill an additional 5 minutes before placing the cheese on.
  6. Finish the burgers with the grill lid shut to melt the cheese. Remove from the grill and let sit for 10 minutes so you don't get burned by the molten lava that is the cheese in the middle.
  7. Serve with fixings and a toasted bun if you love me!

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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