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American Lava Burger Surprises – Our twist on the Jucy Lucy

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American lava burger surprises are part pork, part burger and stuffed with American cheese for an out of this world burger experience. It is our fun twist on the Jucy Lucy burger that is famous in the Minneapolis area.

Hand holding juicy burger with melted cheese coming out of the middle.

I wanted to make something fun for our family 4th of July celebration.  As I was brainstorming, I was listening to the TV.  Food Network was on, of course.  Guy’s Grocery Games was on but I was too busy searching around Pinterest for ideas to really pay attention.

I perked up with I heard the contestant describe his offering to the judges.  A hamburger that was a beef patty on one side and a pork patty on the other.  

He put cheese in the middle.  A new version of our favorite hamburger surprises.

Stuffed burgers that are beef on one side and pork on the other on the grill cooking.

That’s it.  I heard Guy call it a Juicy Lucy so I searched and found that Juicy Lucies (or is it Juicy Luci?) are a pub favorite in a variety of locales.

Nobody makes it with pork and beef as far as I could tell.  So, I made up this version.

I’m so glad that I was able to come up with something fun to make for our celebration and also try a new version of hamburger surprises.  I’ve already brainstormed an idea for our next version of hamburger surprises.  I can’t wait to try it and share it with you.


Two beef patties topped with cheese next two four more patties that have pork patties pressed on top for half beef half pork stuffed hamburgers.

Hey guys, Carlee here.  I just wanted to chime in a bit on this post too.  

These burgers were really flavorful and really giant!  Make sure you are plenty hungry before you tackle one.  

The mix of pork and beef makes it that much more interesting.  I didn’t see anything quite like it when I was poking around.

MiMi gave it the lava burger name because the cheese can erupt out.  I read one post about the traditional all beef Juicy Lucy and the pub’s tag line about it was “fear the cheese.”  

You really should be careful.  Straight off the grill, that molted goodness can be dangerously hot.

Dinner plate with stuffed lava burger, fresh fruit and a green salad.

A few of us learned our lessons the hard way, with hot cheese running down our hands.  None of us put them down, but you could tell when somebody got to the cheese!  😉  

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Ok, now back to MiMi’s recipe.  She was nice enough to give you guys a few tips too!

Yield: 4 Large Burgers

American Lava Burger Surprises

Hand holding cheese stuffed pork and beef burger.

American lava burger surprises are part pork, part burger and stuffed with American cheese for an out of this world burger experience.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • 2 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Gently mix the Lawry’s into the ground beef and pat into a rectangle on waxed paper.  Divide evenly into 4 flat patties that are slightly larger than your hamburger buns.  
  2. Follow step 1 with the ground pork and Cavender’s
  3. Fold each cheese square into fourths and set on the beef patties.
  4. Place the pork patty over the been patty and gently pinch the edges together.
  5. Grill as you would a thick hamburger.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 838Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 223mgSodium: 2195mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 68g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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American lava burger surprises are part pork, part burger and stuffed with American cheese for an out of this world burger experience.

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 29th of May 2017

Thanks for linking up your lava burger recipe on the National Hamburger Day Blog Party! I love the seasonings you use in the burger and Juicy Lucys are such an iconic food. You'll have to have one if you ever go to Minneapolis :)


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

I definitely do need to put that on my bucket list! Thanks, Val!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 29th of May 2017

Definitely to put these on the husbands list for grilling!


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

They are a must make! Thanks!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Yum! I always love different meat combos for burgers because I think it does make them much more flavorful and interesting. This looks great!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Thank you! I love the contrast in flavor and texture too!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

This looks delicious! I don't eat pork but my hubby will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

You could certainly use all beef too, but the two meat patty is a lot of fun!

Maggie Unzueta

Monday 30th of May 2016

Pinned for later. Looks delicious!


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

Thank you!

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