Smoked Beer Can Burgers

Smoked Beer Can Burgers

You may have tried many burgers in your life, but this beer can burger is one of a kind, in itself. If you are a die-hard burger fan and can’t resist having one, then this masterpiece is surely made for you. What could be better than having a burger filled with cheese, bacon, and whatnot with amazing and delicious toppings? If you call this recipe a perfect burger recipe, that won’t be wrong. These smoked beer can burgers are so full of flavor that they make your taste buds crave more.

How to make smoked beer can burgers

Making these super delicious and mouthwatering burgers is a cinch. There is no rocket science to it, but you will have to follow every step mentioned in this recipe to get the perfect burgers. What you are about to learn is the greatest American burger of all time. So gear up and let’s just dive into the recipe to see what the hype is all about.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total cooking time: 55 minutes
  • Wood: Oak or hickory wood
  • Serving: 4

Tools required

  • Smoker
  • Wood chips (Oak or hickory)

Recipe Ingredients

Burger Ingredients

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 beer can
  • salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 pieces lettuce

Burger Toppings

  • cheese slice
  • 1 onion (Sliced)
  • 1 bell pepper (sliced)
  • hash
  • canned chili

Making Smoked Beer Can Burgers

  1. Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F, add coals to the smoker, and prepare it for indirect heating.
  2. Take a pan and place it over low flame. Add mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers to it. Saute them.
  3. Now take the beef hash, bacon, canned chili, and chopped tomatoes in a pan and heat them up.
  4. In ground beef add salt and pepper according to your taste and make balls out of the ground beef.
  5. Take a beer can and press it in the center of the balls. This will create a pocket around the can. Once done take two strips of bacon and wrap them around the meatball.
  6. Repeat this process for all the meatballs.
  7. It is now time to place your stuffing in the middle of the meatball cavity and top it with some sliced cheese.
  8. Now place these stuffed meatball pockets on the grill opposite direct heat.
  9. Close the lid of the smoker and cook the burgers for about 45 mins. Flip the side after 20 mins and check the doneness of the burger.
  10. Once done remove from the smoker and place the burgers on the bun and add your favorite condiments to it.
  11. Serve it with fries and enjoy.

BBQ Hero Tips: Always remember whenever you are working on this recipe the ground beef you use should be cold when you are about to make the meatballs and prepare them for stuffing. Keep the ground meat in the fridge for about an hour before using it.

How to make smoked beer can burgers

1) Prepare the smoker

Getting the smoker is the essential part as this is the one thing that will give you a cooked and flavored burger. So for that, it is really important to set that upright. In this recipe, we will be using the indirect heat method to cook these super delicious smoked beer can burgers.

Set the temperature to 300 degrees F. Now that the smoker box is all good to go, it is now time for the smoke flavor, and for that, you will be needing wood chips of oak or hickory. As we are dealing here with beef, hickory and oak are the perfect smoke flavor options.

Before adding these wood chunks to the smoker, soak them in water or beer for about 30 mins, then drain them and use them.

2) Stuffing and topping

To prepare the stuffing, take an iron cast skillet place it on a medium to low flame, and add some oil to it. Add onions and bell pepper to it, and saute them until they are tender. Now get the bacon and hash ready. In the skillet heat up the beef hash, bacon, tomatoes, and canned chili.

3) Prepare the meatballs

To prepare the meatballs for burgers it is important that the ground beef is cold. Place it in the fridge for about an hour before using it. Use a large bowl, add ground beef to it, and then put in some Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Also, add salt and pepper according to your taste. Mix them well until everything is combined. Now place it in the fridge.

Once the meat is cold enough to use, take it out of the fridge and make meatballs make sure they weigh around 8 to 12 ounces each. As the meatballs are prepared it is time to make them a burger bowl in which all the stuffing will go. For that, take a beer can, and place it in the center of the meatballs. Press the beer can down so it will form a cavity in the meatballs where you can put the stuffing.

Now take the bacon strips and wrap them around the burger bowls and stuff them with the stuffing that you prepared.

4) Cook the smoked burgers

Place the burgers on the preheated grill grate. Grill temperature is set to 300 degrees F for indirect heat. Once the burgers are in the smoker, close the lid of the smoker and let them cook for about 45 mins. Keep a close watch on the burgers, flip them after 20 mins, and check if they are done.

While the burgers are getting smoked you can toast the buns in an iron skillet or you can use the grill. Take the buns and cut them in half. Place two pieces of the bun on the grill or skillet, wait for a few mins, and remove them from the skillet or grill.

Place the toasted buns in a tray and now take out the hot burgers from the smoker and place them on the bun, add your choice of condiments over it. Place some swiss cheese slices over the top.

5) Serve & Enjoy your smoked beer can burgers

Your smoked beer can burgers are all set to be eaten. You can enjoy these tasty burgers with some coleslaw or fries and chilled soda.

Smoked Beer Can Burgers
Smoked Beer Can Burgers

Frequently asked questions

Do you flip burgers when smoking?

Yes, you can flip the burgers when smoking, but it is not necessary. You can flip the burgers if you want both sides to sear. If you want to add cheese to the burger patty place the slice when you have flipped it.

Why are smoked burgers pink?

That is because there’s a lot of chemical reactions going on there when you smoke the beef. The NO2 reacts with hydrogen and forms a nitric oxide which then binds itself to myoglobin, which is a major meat protein. This causes the meat to get pink.

At what temperature does meat stop absorbing smoke?

There is no set temperature at which the meat stops absorbing the smoke. It is just the myoglobin that loses its oxygen, and that is what causes the smoke ring to stop growing.

Is smoked meat healthy?

Smoked meat is healthier than grilled meat. Researchers have found that meat grilled at high temperatures causes so many risk factors when the animal fat interacts with the heat. Whereas when smoked on low heat these risks are eliminated.

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