You’ve got to try this Traeger smoked burgers recipe with an amazing dry rub. No need for sauce to give these hamburgers tons of flavor! Try them on your Green Mountain, electric smoker or Traeger loaded up this week!
If you’re looking for a way to really amp your hamburger, this smoked burgers recipe is a great one for dinner tonight. We have created a lot of easy smoker recipes on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 10/18, affiliate links present)
Burgers are great for so many occasions. Why? Because they’re cheap, easy to prepare and you can load them up with toppings. Having a bunch of people over for the Super Bowl or a birthday party, these will surely be a hit.
We started this journey creating a lot of recipes on our pellet grill or electric style smoker. Those will work too if you’re looking for more ideas.
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To get your meats absolutely perfect we have this printable meat smoking chart to refer to so each and every time it will be fork tender.
- Recently we upgraded to this Traeger pellet smoker and grill and love it.
- We started with an electric smoker that was a Charbroil which worked well to start with.
- These are the pellets we always have on hand and use for almost everything.
- This smoker cookbook has some more great ideas if you want to cook outside more regularly.
Traeger Smoked Burgers
This one is mainly compliments of The Typical Dad really. 😉 If your smoker is not electric it really doesn’t make that much of a difference, but that is the version we have right now. Wrap your beef patties with bacon for added yum!!
- We have this electric smoker and just purchased a pellet smoker similar to this one recently.
Then you’ll want to pick up some ground beef and make patties. Ours came already formed and were angus burgers. It is really up to you what type of meat you want to use.
Smoking Burgers at 250
Smoking Hamburgers on Traeger
You can throw them in as is but adding a dry rub to this smoked burgers recipe really adds a lot of flavor to anything you smoke we feel, like the one we used in our how to smoke salmon post. It’s super popular and I think the rub is the key to it’s popularity.
I like mine on the quite done side of things so the timing for a well done burger is in the recipe card. Decrease if you want it more pink inside. Even my husband who prefers his hamburgers to be on the rare side thought they were great this way.
Typically you want them to reach 160 internal temperature. I would start at 20 minutes on each side then flip and test to see if you want them more well done.
Smoked Burgers Pellet Grill
Best Ever Smoked Burgers
You can adjust how well done they get depending on whether they’re an inch thick or more. Thicker burgers will be less done in the center.
- If you’re like my husband and like them on the rarer side stick to 15 minutes per side and test.
- A higher fat content will make a difference too. Ours were very lean.
Topped with tomatoes we got out of our garden, some barbecue sauce and red onions and this smoked burgers recipe made for a pretty amazing dinner for the 5 of us.
Load it up like Culver’s Butterburger and BAM, the perfect dinner.
How to Make Smoked Burgers
You could make a double batch of this dry rub for hamburgers if you want a thick coat or have more than 4-6 patties. I’d start with what we have here. Coat them and see if you need more first.
- Really, add any and all seasonings you love. The more flavor the better as far as we are concerned.
How to Smoke Burgers on a Pellet Grill
We have even more easy smoker recipe ideas on our site so please enjoy them as well. If you are using ready made patties you wouldn’t need everything below. Just the pack and your favorite condiments when done. Here’s what you need for this smoked hamburger recipe.
- Wood chips or smoker pellets
- 1-2 lbs. ground chuck to make burger patties
- Ours were already formed from ButcherBox
- If making your own patties a dash of Worcestershire sauce adds lots of flavor
- Can use our quick meatloaf recipe and make into patties too
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Dehydrated onion, minced
You don’t really need a meat thermometer for these. I mean if the outsides are dripping with clear juices, puffed up and browned then the inside pinkness is really up to you. Everyone has their own preference as far as that goes. When you flip burgers when smoking you can kinda’ see how pink they still are. Then use our Smoked bacon recipe if you want that on top.
And if you’re looking to cook a few things for people to choose from throw in some smoked pork steaks as well. That and this smoked pork recipe tastes fabulous and have a dry rub recipe for those too.
Smoked meatloaf stuffed with bacon and cheese would be seriously yummy too right??
- A great new way to cook ground beef for sure. Smoked meat is our favorite really. If you have a gas grill of course you can make hamburgers that way but I highly recommend trying these first.
If you’re having a barbecue and serving these, take a peek at our top 10 barbecue hacks post that will make your event a bit easier.
1. Make sure the smoker is preheated to the desired temperature before adding the hamburgers.
2. Do not overcrowd the grate.
3. Check the hamburger patties frequently for doneness.
4. Do not overcook them, as they will become dry and tough
Yes you can put frozen hamburger patties on a smoker and get them done just as well. Use the same 225 temperature recommended below. Cook time will likely be the same for bulk thinner patties vs. homemade thicker ground beef pieces.
How long does it take to smoke burgers at 225?
- Let them smoke at 225°F for about 60-90 minutes.
- It may take a little longer if they are extra thick.
- Place the burgers directly on the grate.
Can you cook burgers on a pellet grill?
YES, or an electric smoker will work too. We love mesquite or apple smoker pellets. We usually will pick up a variety pack so you we try different types of smoke flavor for juicy burgers, chicken or pork.
Which pellet grill is the best?
- Camp Chef SmokePro PG24 Deluxe Pellet Grill
- Traeger Pro 780
- Z GRILLS ZPG-7002E Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker is on the more inexpensive side
- Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett WIFI Grill is what we have
Once you start you’re never going to stop!! Try our smoked beer can chicken on your next round with smoked corn on the cob too. If you’re up for another unique ground beef method, try Instant Pot hamburgers too.
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Smoked Burgers Recipe
- 1 smoker
- Mix all your spices in a bowl well.
- Lay your hamburgers out and softly rub a bit of your hamburger rub on the top and the bottom of each burger. If you choose to wrap bacon around them make sure ends are on bottom so they are tucked under tightly
- Put wood chips or pellets in your smoker and allow it to preheat to 275 degrees.
- Smoke on top rack (if you have one) and/or directly on the grate at 275 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on how well done you want them, 45 min. was med/well, 60 min was well done for us. ** Timing will depend on thickness, thin patties won't take as long.
- Flip halfway through the cook time for optimal results.