Smoked burgers are a summertime staple. And though it might be first instinct to just fire up the BBQ for your burgers, we’re encouraging you to give Smoked burgers a try. This recipe gives your burgers that delicious wood-fired flavor that you didn’t know you needed!
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How to make Smoked Burgers
Below is everything you’ll need to know to make perfect Smoked Hamburgers on your pellet grill, offset, or charcoal smoker. Our favourite thing is that making smoked burgers is just as easy as making them on the BBQ but soooo much tastier.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Finished Temperature: 145ºF
- Wood Flavor: Competition Blend
- Servings: 4 people
- Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
- Commercial grade tinfoil
- Temperature probe
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 batch of Not Just Pork Rub
- In a bowl, mix together the ground beef and the egg. Divide into 4 portions and shape each into a patty. Season each patty with the rub seasoning.
- Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
- Place the burgers directly on the grill and smoke for 45 minutes at 225ºF.
- Once your burgers reach an internal temperature of 140ºF, add cheese or anything else you’d like to melt onto your burgers.
- At the internal temperature of 145ºF, your burgers are done. Pull them off the smoker and serve with a cold beer!
BBQ Hero Tip: We love a crispy bun for our burger! So we throw cut and buttered buns on the grill for a couple minutes at the end of the smoke to get the perfectly toasted burger bun.
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Start the smoker
The first and foremost part is to heat up your smoker once it is fired up add-in the pellets, pellets are made from organic material like wood chips or bark so using these pellets is absolutely fine, now its time to set the temperature to 180 degrees F make sure that it is stable there.
2) Mix and form patties
Take a bowl and put the ground beef in it along with eggs mix them well until they are well combined once it is done divide them into 4 equal portions and make burger patties out of them, as the patties are formed its time to season them with some salt, pepper and rub seasoning these things will be going to add flavor to these burger patties. make sure to season each patty well for the perfect taste.
BBQ Hero tips: Dont add salt to the beef until the patties are formed the reason is it will make the beef springy beacuse the salt will disolve all the muscle protiens in the beef.
3) Grill and smoke
Once the patties are ready to be cooked it’s time to put these patties on the grill and smoke them for at least 30 mins or more until they are cooked well from inside.
BBQ Hero Tip: Use an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, to check if the beef is cooked well from inside make sure its internal temperature reaches 160 Degrees F.
Cook the patties until you achieve the desired doneness. Do not over-cook the patties as will not be as juicy as they should be and will make your burgers dry.
4) Increase the temperature
It’s time you increase the temperature to 400 degrees F. By increasing the heat the burgers will be cooked well from inside and outside. make sure you check the internal temperature it should be around 145 degrees F.Note if It has reached a certain temperature if you are looking for a juicy burger. at this heat, the fat of the beef melts and gets into the patties and makes them flavourful and juicy.
5) Add Toppings
Now that your patties are ready it is now time we add some toppings over them to make it more exciting. Place the buns upside down and apply some sauce on it can be any sauce of your choice, now add the beef patty to it, take a slice of cheese and place it on top of the patty. Take a pan and put some onions in it and sear them for a while, add these caramelized onions, and put pickles on them. add some sauce over the top again and then add the other slice of bun. in just a matter of a few minutes you can prepare this amazingly delicious burger.
BBQ Hero Tips: Do not manhandle the meat or in simple words do not futz with the meat, this will make the meat denser and tighter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you smoke burgers from frozen?
You bet! In fact, it’s dead simple to cook burgers from frozen and they’re delicious every time. Just get your grill up to 225°F, throw your frozen patties on the smoker and give them about an hour to cook. Once they reach an internal temp of about 165°F, they’re done!
Can you cook burgers in a smoker?
Absolutely! And contrary to popular belief, it’s not any more work than cooking your burgers on a traditional BBQ grill. Plus, we’re pretty confident that you’ll feel like the king or queen of the BBQ when you dish out a plate of delicious smoked burgers.
How long does it take to cook hamburgers?
As with most recipes, time to cook isn’t as reflective of a dish being ready as internal temperature is. That being said, at our recommended smoke temperatures of 180ºF and 400ºF, your smoked burgers should be ready in about 45 minutes.
Do you flip burgers when smoking?
As long as you are smoking your burgers directly on the grill, there’s no need to flip! How convenient is that? No more guessing on when to flip the burgers.
How long does it take to smoke burgers at 225?
If you’re going to smoke your hamburgers at the same consistent temperate of 225°F for the entire cook, it takes about 1 hour to take a quarter-pound hamburger and cook it to about rare or medium-rare. Also, we highly recommend searing your burger to keep it all together and give it a nice crunch.
Are smoked burgers good?
Absolutely! Smoked burgers are so good that if you compare them to the hamburgers you cook on a traditional gas BBQ, you’ll probably throw out your BBQ. Smoked burgers have so much flavor (even from frozen burgers), it’s an easy win for the entire family.