Smoked Burger On A Traeger in 5 Simple Steps

Looking to create juicy, flavorful smoked burgers at home?

With a Traeger grill, it’s easy! My super simple recipe for smoked burgers will ensure you get juicy and delicious burgers everytime. .

So whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests, or simply want to enjoy a delicious burger at home, give smoking burgers on a Traeger a try.

Why Do I Enjoy Smoking Burgers?

  • Not only do you get the traditional flame-grilled taste in your burger, but the smoking also adds a depth of flavor and undertones from nutty to meaty.
  • The technology of a Traeger grill makes it easier than ever!
  • Help form a flavorsome crust on the edge of the burgers with tender meat on the inside.
  • Never eat dry burgers again with indirect heat from the smoke!

Why You’ll Love This Traeger Smoked Hamburger Recipe

I am yet to hear someone complain about life with the sun on their back and a tasty burger in hand.

You don’t need me to know that delicious burgers are enjoyed all over the world.

But let’s be honest now, the American cheeseburger always takes gold!

The reason you’ll love this burger recipe straight from your Traeger is;

– A flame-grilled taste without the risk of burning!

– Traeger has loads of burger seasonings available for the flavors you want!

– Freedom to switch up the ingredients you want! 

Want cheddar cheese instead of American? Go for it!

Want to use cherry wood instead of hickory pellets? That’s a good idea!

Quick and easy to prepare and even easier to smoke using the Traeger. 

Why Burgers Are Better Made From Scratch

Burgers made from scratch are superior to those made from pre-made patties.

This is because they are fresher, have more flavor, and are nutritional without additives.

We have briefly covered the creativity making your burgers provides.

You can choose the type of ground meat you want, the toppings, and everything in between!

What Temperature Do I Smoke The Traeger Burgers?

Smoke the burgers with indirect heat at 250°F. 

How Long To Smoke The Burger Patties On A Traeger?

At 250°F our beef burger patties will take roughly 30 minutes to smoke on the Traeger.

What Internal Temperature Does The Meat Need To Be?

For medium burgers we want the internal temperature to be 165°F. 

Note: You will need to monitor the internal temp at 145°F to start basting. 

How To Accurately Monitor The Internal Temp Of Your Burgers

Always use a meat thermometer when smoking burgers to monitor the internal temp.

This specialist equipment will come with your Traeger Pellet Grill.

Estimating the cooking time is fine but it’s so easier and safer to rely on a thermometer. 

You may even have a wireless thermometer on your Traeger.

This means you can monitor the internal temp from the app on your phone!

What Wood Chips Do I Use For Smoking Beef Patties?

You don’t need to be confined to particular pellets for light or heavy-flavored smoke.

In this recipe, we are using hickory for a strong smoke flavor.

But like always, discover for yourself and find what goes well and what you like!

What If I don’t Have a Traeger Smoker?

Smoking on a Traeger will be the absolute best way to smoke these burgers.

It has built-in and reliable meat thermometers with total control of the cooking temperature.

The quality-made pellets are fed into the ignition chamber for a fluid cooking process!

A charcoal smoker or gas smoker works fine if you don’t have a Traeger.

Just be careful of uneven cooking temperatures from coals.

We aren’t traditionally cooking the burgers on direct heat in hot spots.

You want the tasty smoke to season and infuse as a part of the hamburger recipe.

The Best Cuts Of Beef For The Mince

Buying pre-brought meat saves you prep time and is easier.

I have nothing against buying a mince mixture and most people don’t own a meat grinder.

Remember you can still ask your local butcher to mince purchased meat for you!

Below are great cuts to mince for burger patties:

– Ground sirloin steaks

– Ground ribeye steaks that have been trimmed

– Beef shoulder or chuck

What You Need for Smoked Burgers On A Traeger

  • Ground beef mince (80% – 20% meat-to-fat ratio)
  • Burger Bun of your choosing (we love fluffy brioche buns)
  • 1 raw yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of breadcrumbs

Ingredients For Burger Topping

  • American cheese slices
  • Pickles
  • Sliced fresh tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avo
  • Beetroot
  • Red onion

Basting Ingredients

  • BBQ sauce

Ingredients For Homemade Burger Sauce 

  • 1/2 cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • Tbsp Dijon or English mustard
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce.

What To Serve With This Tasty Traeger Smoked Burger Recipe?

Want some delicious sides for your burgers?

Why not try a carrot salad if you have the patience for slicing them? Mix in a simple vinaigrette for an acidic component. 

  • Creamy potato salad with fresh chives 

Easy to prepare and can be made in advance. 

  • Handcut sweet potato wedges

Continuing our potato theme, sweet potatoes are much healthier than the standard varieties. We have a delicious sweet potato recipe that will compliment….?

Traeger Smoked Burgers With Homemade Burger Sauce 

Nothing will ever beat smoked beef burger between your choice of crusty bread!

I have included a simple burger sauce recipe you must spread on each side of the hamburger buns!

Making The Burger Patties 

– Finely dice the onions with a sharp knife.

– Put the ground beef mince into a large mixing bowl.

– Add the onions and spices.

– Break the egg and whisk with the breadcrumbs.

– Mix until evenly incorporated with your hands.

– Divide into desired portions.

– Cover and refrigerate until required.

Making The Burger Sauce

– Simply combine the ingredients and mix until a light pink color.

– Taste if you want to add more seasoning.

Note: Pre-made barbecue sauce works as a treat as well.

Loading With Your Favorite Burger Toppings 

How will you personalize your Traeger burger?

What kind of toppings do you enjoy?

Keeping up with traditional flavors, I have added some tangy pickles and tomatoes.

– Place the cheese directly onto the burgers at the end of the smoking process.

– Thinly cut the tomatoes and pickles.

Step 1: Make The Burgers

– Chop the onion very finely.

– Mix the mince, onion, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

– Mix well and make it into 6 big patties or 12 small patties. (Use the bottom of a saucepan to squash down the patties evenly).

Step 2: Smoking The Burger Patties 

– Preheat the Traeger pellet smoker to 300°F in smoke mode. Once heated place the patties on the pellet grill grate.

– Insert the temperature probes.

– Cook burgers for 1.5 hours or when the internal temp reaches 145°F.

– Baste the burgers with bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3: Melt Cheese & Toast Buns

Place a slice of cheese on the patties and allow it to melt.

When the internal temp now reaches 165°F, they are ready to remove from the grill.

Toast your buns on the grill.

Step 4: Build Your Traeger Burgers & Enjoy

Slather the burger sauce on the top bun.

Layer on lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, avo, and beetroot!

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not go that extra mile and add some bacon!?

Want More Burger Recipes?

Love juicy burgers? You have to try some of my other favorite recipes.

Smoked Lamb Burgers

Cedar Plank Burgers

Brisket Burgers

Smoked Burgers On A Traeger

This recipe is guaranteed to give you juicy burgers with amazing flavor every time!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Charlie

Equipment

  • Traeger Grill

Ingredients

Ingredients For Hamburger Patties 

  • 2 lb Ground beef mince (80% – 20% meat-to-fat ratio)
  • 6 Burger Buns of your choosing (we love fluffy brioche buns)
  • 1 Raw yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Dried oregano
  • 1 Egg
  • Handful of bread crumbs

Ingredients For Burger Topping

  • American cheese slices
  • Pickles
  • Sliced fresh tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avo
  • Beet Root
  • Red onion

Basting Ingredients

  • BBQ Sauce

Ingredients For Homemade Burger Sauce 

  • ½ cup Full-fat mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon or English mustard
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Instructions

Step 1: Make The Burgers

  • Chop the onion very finely.
  • Mix the mince, onion, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Mix well and make it into 6 big patties or 12 small patties. (Use the bottom of a saucepan to squash down the patties evenly).

Step 2: Smoking The Burger Patties 

  • Preheat the Traeger pellet smoker to 300°F in smoke mode. Once heated place the patties on the pellet grill grate.
  • Insert the temperature probes.
  • Cook burgers for 1.5 hours or when the internal temp reaches 145°F.
  • Baste the burgers with bbq sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3: Melt Cheese & Toast Buns

  • Place a slice of cheese on the patties and allow it to melt.
  • When the internal temp now reaches 165°F, they are ready to remove from the grill.
  • Toast your buns on the grill.

Step 4: Build Your Traeger Burgers & Enjoy

  • Slather the burger sauce on the top bun.
  • Layer on lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, avo, and beetroot!
  • Enjoy!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

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 adventures with you!

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