The Best Smoked Burger Recipe

These tasty smoked burgers will quickly become a dinner time staple.  They are absolutely delicious, flavourful and perfectly cooked on the grill, making this the best smoked burger recipe you’ll ever have!

The Best Smoked Burger Recipe

Smoking is one of our favorite ways to cook, especially during the warmer months! These smoked burgers are a summer time must make.

We have been making all kinds of delicious grilled recipes this summer. Don’t miss out on these smoked baby back ribs, bbq chicken drumsticks or grilled salmon too!

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I have to say that these smoked burgers are by far one of our favorite recipes. The combination of smoke flavor and the way that these are cooked is seriously to die for. 

These burgers are so delicious that the entire family keeps asking for more. And the teenagers keep bringing their friends over for burger nights, it’s not hard to figure out why!

Smoked Burger Recipe Process

How long should burgers be smoked?

We like to smoke our burgers at 165 degrees fahrenheit for two hours or at 225 degrees for an hour if we are in a hurry. If you don’t have extra time they can be smoked at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time.

Do you flip burgers when smoking?

We do not flip the burgers while smoking them because our smoker does a great job of circulating the indirect heat and smoke.

Can you smoke hamburger meat?

Yes! And it makes the most delicious burger. Let us show you how…

The Best Smoked Burger Recipe

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If you think that these burgers looks amazing then you should check out our Beer Can Chicken Recipe as well! It’s our favorite way to cook chicken on the Traeger. So moist and delicious!

Smoked Burgers Ingredients

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Ingredients

Here are a few of the basic grocery store staples that you will need to get started with this easy recipe.

We often double and triple this recipe to make as many burgers as we need. They can easily be frozen to use later.

Smoked burger process

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat. Mix well.

Smoked Burger Meat Mixture

2. Add the bbq sauce, egg and spices.

smoked burger mixture mixed

3. Combine until everything is mixed thoroughly.

raw burger patties

4. Form the mixture into burger patties that are about 5oz each.

Tip: make the patties about 5″ in diameter and 1″ thick, they will shrink in size when cooked.

5. Layer the round patties between sheets of parchment paper on a sheet pan for easy handling.

Smoked Burger Recipe Process

6. Place burgers on the Traeger smoker at 165 degrees F and allow them to smoke for two hours.

Tip: after the two hour mark and the burgers have been smoked, you can place them in the freezer for later use.

Smoked Burger Recipe Process

7. When ready to serve turn the Traeger up to 425 degrees and cook the beef patties for 5 more minutes on each side. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

Flip each burger half way through grilling to help cook the pattie thoroughly. This easy recipe makes 12 juicy burgers, perfect for serving on large burger buns.

Smoked Burger Recipe Process

We have this Traeger Pro 780 Pellet Grill wood pellet smoker- it has been a game changer for all of our grilling. Every single thing we make turns out perfectly delicious!

Any smoker can be used for this hamburger recipe though, we’ve made these burgers in our vertical smoker too. It uses wood chips rather than wood pellets and is much larger than the Traeger. You can see our vertical smoker in use in this Smoked Salmon Recipe post.

Smoked hamburger recipe alternatives?

Try adding to the ground beef mixture:

  • Your favorite condiments like mustard or ketchup.
  • Onion powder or garlic salt would be good alternatives.
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce works well!
  • Worcestershire sauce is often added in the place of BBQ sauce.
  • Try a hamburger dry rub instead of steak spice.
Smoked Burger Recipe Process

The trick to making the perfect smoked burgers is cooking them at a lower temperature for longer. These do not need high heat, low and slow helps to lock in the smoky flavor taking these to the next level.

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Be sure to check out these 20+ Must Try Hamburger Recipes too!

Smoked Burger Recipe

We recently hosted a back yard bar-be-cue for friends and family and made a huge double batch of these burgers. They were a hit with everyone and quickly became a new favorite.

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Kitchen Essentials for Grilling

The Best Smoked Burger Recipe

You can also cook these burgers in the oven or stovetop once they have been smoked! They are just as delicious as smoking locks in that amazing flavor.

Be sure to check out these 20+ Best Smoker Recipes on a Pellet Grill too!

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Recipe

The Best Smoked Burger Recipe

Smoked Burgers Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes

These tasty smoked burgers will quickly become a dinner time staple.  They are absolutely delicious, flavourful and perfectly cooked on the grill every time.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup white onion, finely diced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp steak spice
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat. Mix well.

2. Add the bbq sauce, egg and spices.

3. Combine until everything is mixed thoroughly.

4. Form the mixture into burger patties that are about 5oz each.

5. Layer the round patties between sheets of parchment paper on a sheet pan for easy handling.

6. Place burgers on the Traeger smoker at 165 degrees F and allow them to smoke for two hours.

7. When ready to serve turn the Traeger up to 425 degrees and cook the beef patties for 5 more minutes on each side.

Notes

Make the patties about 5" in diameter and 1" thick, they will shrink in size when cooked.

Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

After the two hour mark and the burgers have been smoked, you can place them in the freezer for later use.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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This recipe will NOT result in 12 portions/servings as stated in the recipe…the math does now equate to that number based on the volume of the ingredients. Per portion size of 5oz each, the results will be barely 8 total portions. Maybe someone needs to go back to school and get some remedial math.

I tried your recipe a couple weeks ago and everyone loved them! I’m just learning how to use my smoker so this was a great first and easy recipe to do! Thanks for sharing.