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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!
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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


  • Pellet Grill


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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