The Best Pellet Grill Burger

The best pellet grill burgers you’ll ever eat!

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These pellet grill burgers are kissed with a bit of smoke, and are oh so good. The hot smoking process brings out the natural beefy goodness of these burger that will keep you returning for more. When I first tried this method, I was amazed at how tender and flavorful the burgers were. Not only were they delicious, but the cooking process was so easy.

Smoked Burgers on a pellet grill
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Are smoked burgers good?

Yes! The smoking method is a fantastic way to prepare hamburgers. The low and slow cooking process will yield a juicy beef burger with a nice red-brown crust.

How long do you smoke burgers?

This method typically takes around 60-75 minutes at 225 degrees F for the burgers to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

When smoking burgers, do you flip them?

Yes, they should be flipped halfway through the cooking process. However, some backyard enthusiasts will leave them as is. It’s a matter of personal choice. I’ve done them both ways and noticed that flipping helps with even cooking.

Pellet grill burger ingredients

What you’ll need:

  • Ground chuck (3 pounds worth)
  • Sliced cheese (blue cheese, pepper jack, American, or cheddar)
  • Large onion (I recommend red onions, either smoked or raw)
  • Hamburger buns (regular, sesame seed, or brioche)
  • Barbecue sauce (bottled or homemade)
  • Salt and pepper (or a BBQ Rub)
  • Sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and bacon
  • A reliable instant read thermometer

Optional step: Smoke the onions too. This add a nice flavor boost for these pellet grill burgers. Slice the red onions thin and toss them with salt, pepper (or BBQ rub) and oil. Place them into a disposable aluminum pan and cook them in your grill for 45 minutes to 1 hour until they are tender and caramelized.

Recommended wood pellets:

  • Hickory
  • Apple

How to make Pellet Grill Burgers

  • Prepare your grill to 225 degrees F. 
  • Form the ground beef into 4 equal-sized hamburger patties. Make a small well in the center of each patty.
  • Season your patties with salt and pepper or BBQ rub right before placing them in the pellet grill.
  • Close the lid and let the burgers cook for 30 minutes, flip them, and let them continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
  • After this time, check the internal temperature of the smoked burger patties. Aim for 155 degrees F before topping with cheese. If you’d like to sear the burgers I recommend removing them at 140-145 degrees, and increasing the heat to your unit to as high as it will go. Once heated, place the burgers back on the grill and sear for 2 minutes per side. Top with cheese afterward. Keep in mind that searing is not required for this recipe.

Finishing Touches

  • Once the hamburgers are near done, top each with a slice of cheese. I recommend using sliced blue cheese, pepper jack, American, or cheddar for these smoked burgers. Let them cook for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted and burgers reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • It’s time to assemble your pellet grill burgers. Add the sliced tomatoes, lettuce, raw or smoked onions, burger sauce, and bacon. Enjoy!

Recipe Suggestions

  • Burger sauce: You can use barbecue sauce as a topping. Or mix 1 cup bottled or homemade barbecue sauce with 1/3 cup of mayonnaise for a creamier hamburger topping.
  • Cheese can make all the difference between a “meh” burger to a phenomenal burger. If you like blue cheese and you can get your hands on some blue cheese slices, give that a go. Otherwise, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, pepper jack, feta cheese, or Smoked Cream Cheese will work well on these pellet burgers. If you’re looking for something calmer, use swiss or provolone.
  • Make it a meat lover’s dream by adding some black pepper bacon or pulled pork.
  • Leftovers: Store these leftover pellet grill burgers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 325 degrees F, or in a skillet or your microwave.
The Best Pellet Grill Burgers

The Best Pellet Grill Burger

Nothing is better than a burger that has been hit with a little smoke and then seared right before coming off the grill. The smoke kicks up the natural beef flavor of the patties and works really well with a flavorful cheese (blue is my favorite), grilled onions, and a dash or two of your favorite barbecue sauce. This is the best pellet grill burger.  After biting into this, you are guaranteed to do a happy dance!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, American BBQ
Keyword: burger recipes, pellet grill recipes, smoked hamburgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Burgers
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Derrick Riches

Equipment

  • Pellet Grill

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 11/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 red onion raw or smoked (see instructions)
  • 6 slices Blue cheese or Pepper Jack (or cheese of choice)
  • 1 cup Barbecue sauce (see notes)
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced
  • 12 slices cooked bacon

Instructions

  • Prepare your pellet grill for 225 degrees F.
  • Form ground beef into 6 equal-sized patties, about 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Make a small indentation in the center of each parry. Season with salt, pepper, or BBQ rub.
  • Place burgers into the pre-heated pellet grill. Close lid and cook patties for 30 minutes, flip the burgers, and cook for 30 minutes more.
  • Optional step: Smoking the onions. Slice them thin and toss them with seasonings and oil. Place them into a disposable aluminum pan and cook for 45 minutes to an hour or until they are tender and caramelized.
  • Once the hamburger patties are near done (internal temperature of 155 degrees F), top each with a slice of cheese. I recommend sliced blue cheese, pepper jack, American, or cheddar for these smoked burgers.
    Cook for an 3-4 minutes until cheese has melted.
    Burgers are done once they reach between 160-165 degrees F.
  • Remove from grill and assemble your burgers wit sliced tomatoes, lettuce, raw or smoked onions, burger sauce (see below), and bacon. 
  • Note: You can use barbecue sauce as a topping. Or mix 1 cup barbecue sauce with 1/3 of cup of mayonnaise for a creamy burger sauce.
  • Store leftover smoked burger patties in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 325 degree oven, microwave, or in a skillet on your stovetop.

Notes

  • Cheese can make the difference between a “meh” burger and a phenomenal burger. If you like blue cheese and you can get your hands on some blue cheese slices, give that a go. Otherwise, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, pepper jack, feta cheese, or Smoked Cream Cheese will work well on these pellet burgers. If you’re looking for something calmer, use swiss or provolone.
  • Make it a meat lover’s dream by adding some black pepper bacon or pulled pork.

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg

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