Cedar Planked Burger (5 Simple Steps to an EPIC Burger)

Want to try out cedar plank burgers?

No worries!

They’re quick and easy to make and the plank gives a delicious smoky flavor to it

No need to fire up the smoker, these are quick and simple!

cedar plank burger

Have a look at our guide below to whip up your next batch of cedar plank burgers. 

If love trying different burger recipes, you’ll love my beer can burgers as well my smoked burger recipes. Life is too short to be eating the same burgers day in, day out!

What Is Plank Grilling?

Plank grilling is a method where food is placed on a wooden board over a grill. 

The wood doesn’t catch on fire, because it is soaked beforehand in water. 

That being said, you need to keep an eye on your wood in case there are any flare-ups. 

Wood Plank Flavors

There are several different types of wood plank flavors. 

Along with cedar, you can get; cherry, hickory, alder, maple, and many others. 

Cedar is the most popular choice of the wood plank. 

How to Soak Your Plank Before Smoking

Soaking planks is one of the most important steps for cedar plank burgers. It helps slow down the burning of the plank. 

You can also soak the planks in other liquids like wine, beer, or juice if you want more flavor. 

How to Toast Your Plank Before Smoking

Toasting the planks makes sure the planks are ready for grilling. 

Be sure to toast the planks on both sides. 

When you hear popping and see smoking, your planks are ready for the burgers.  

Grilling With Planks

What sort of grill should you use?

We recommend using a gas grill for cooking cedar plank burgers. 

They’re easy to use, can maintain a consistent temperature, and are perfect for intensifying flavors. 

How to Smoke Your Burger Without a Plank

You can also smoke your burgers. Check out my delcious recipe for smoking your burgers here.

How To Make Cedar Plank Burgers

There are plenty of great recipes out there for grilling food on a cedar plank.

Today, we’re going to be looking at cedar plank burgers. 

How Long to Soak Your Cedar Plank

Step 1: Get a bowl of water or other liquid such as beer, wine, or whiskey. Soak your cedar grilling planks for at least 2 hours.

Step 2: Place the planks on medium heat and toast for 2-3 minutes. 

Step 3: Divide your mince into equal portions and form a 3/4 inch- thick burger. If your using frozen patties, see how to stop burgers from shrinking here.
Using your thumb, make an impression in the center of each burger. Brush each burger with oil and seasonings.

Step 4: Place the burgers (one per cedar plank) and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the burgers until they are cooked on both sides.During the last minute add your buns to the grill to toast.

Step 5 (optional): Melt slices of cheese onto each burger. 

Step 6: Remove the burgers from the grill. Add buns, toppings, sauce, and serve!

My Favorite Burger Toppings

There are plenty of toppings that you can have with your burgers. 

Here are some ideas:

  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Grilled onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Rashers of bacon
  • Lettuce
  • Shallots
  • Green onions

EPIC Burgers Sauces 

Feel free to experiment with different types of sauces to get the right flavors. 

Here are some of our favorite sauces to use:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Garlic Aoli
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce 


Again, this is based on personal preference and how you like your burgers. 

We’ve listed some optional seasonings for you to get the most out of your food. 

  • Kosher salt
  • Ancho chili pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh dill
  • Lemon wedges
  • Lemon zest

Have You Tried Salmon on The Plank?

If you’ve used cedar planks before it’s probably been with salmon fillets

Salmon is delicious on cedar planks and the most common use for them. 

If you’re new to cedar plank cooking salmon is a great place to start. 

What Else Can I Cook With Cedar?

There are plenty of other foods that work with cedar. 

We recommend giving white fish, pork, or chicken a go. 

Brie cheese is also amazing when it’s done cedar plank!

Recipe Ideas

Looking for a different kind of cedar plank burger?

No problem. 

This is one of my favorite burger recipes ever!

Can I Reuse The Plank After Grilling?

Maybe, it depends on the condition of the plank. 

If the plank is thoroughly charred you will need a fresh one. 

But, if it’s still in good condition, wash the plank and use it again next time!

Cedar plank burgers are a fantastic addition to any family meal. 

They are also quick, simple, and fun to cook!

Next time you’re making burgers, give them a go with some cedar planks. 


Cedar Plank Burgers

Using a cedar plan is a easy to add a delcious smoky flavor to your burgers Plus they are also quick, simple, and fun to cook!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 356 kcal


  • 1 cedar plank
  • 1 Grill


  • 4 whole burger patties
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oill
  • 4 whole burger buns
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt or seasoning of choice (ancho chili pepper, lemon zest, fresh basil etc)
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise or sauce of choice (red wine vinegar, bbq sauce, tartar sauce etc)
  • 1 cup mushroom or toppings of choice (tomatoes, shallots, onions etc),


  • Get a bowl of water or other liquid. Soak your cedar grilling planks for at least 2 hours. 
  • Place the planks on medium heat and toast for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Using your thumb, make an impression in the center of each burger. 
  • Place the burgers (two per cedar plank) and cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Flip the burgers until they are cooked on both sides. 
  • Melt slices of cheese onto each burger. Add bun to the grill to toast
  • Remove the burgers from the grill. Add buns, toppings, sauce, and serve!
Keyword Beef Burger, cedar plank burger, Smoked Burger

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You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

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