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Is there anything better than a hamburger straight off the grill on a warm day? I didn’t think so until I learned just how killer smoked burgers are. If you want a juicy, charred but not burnt burger that melts in your mouth, this insanely delicious recipe is for you. 

Smoked burgers served with onion, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese
Melt in your mouth smoked burgers

Pro Tips for Making Hamburgers in a Smoker

Before we get started, I think it’s important to share some facts with you before making the trip to the grocery store. 

  • First, as much as I’d like to pretend I want a healthy recipe for burgers — you can always throw a side of smoked vegetables together as a side if you really want to be “healthy” —  the truth is: 

I want my burger to be full of flavor — which is why whenever I make burgers, I choose ground beef that is an 80/20 mix. 

That 20% of fat is going to give you a burger that is moist and full of flavor  — not dry like something you’ve just picked up at a drive-thru. 

  • Next, the type of wood chunks you use matters when smoking burgers, just like every other smoker recipe. I recommend using hickory wood chips for this recipe. It’s not overpowering and adds a great flavor to the meat. 
  • Lastly, and probably second most importantly, do not overcook the burgers. When you’re smoking meats, it’s important that you go by internal temperature, not color. 
smoked burger internal temperature guide
Don’t judge your cooked burgers by the color

When smoking meats, a chemical reaction happens that turns the meat a slight pink hue — so you can’t cut into a burger and judge how “done” it is based on color — it will still be pink an hour later.

Instead, base your “doneness” off of this smoked burger internal temperature guide:

  • Rare 120°F
  • Medium-Rare 130°F
  • Medium 140°F
  • Medium-Well 150°F
  • Well Done 160°F
smoked burgers with condiments

This should be the temperature after the meat has rested. I always recommend pulling the burgers off when the internal temperature is 15°F below the desired internal temperature. 

How to Make Smoked Burgers

For this recipe, you’ll need: 

  • 80/20 ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Egg
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Minced Onion
  • Garlic 
  • Sliced cheese of your preference — provolone, pepper jack, cheddar, any will do. 
ingredients and seasoning to make burgers
My favorite ingredients that make these burgers extra delicious

Once you’ve gathered the necessary ingredients, getting started is easy. Preheat your smoker to 225°F. 

Without overmixing, combine all of your ingredients into a bowl. Once combined, make your patties.

mixed hamburger meat with seasonings

I use a scale for any hamburgers I make; it helps keep all the burgers equally portioned. If you don’t have a scale, you can purchase one, (like this one,) on Amazon for a reasonable price. 

Each portion should be ⅓ of a pound before being smoked.

patted out raw hamburgers
Form your ground beef into 1-1.5 inch thick patties. 

How Long to Smoke Burgers

Once the smoker is up to temperature, add in your hickory woodchips and place the burger patties directly on the grates of the smoker. Smoke until your patties have reached 15°F below the desired temperature. 

cooking hamburgers on a weber smoker
My favorite wood chunks to use when smoking burgers is hickory

Depending on how you like your burger cooked, the smoking time is generally between 60-90 minutes. 

burgers cooking on a weber smoker
Smoking burgers generally takes around 60-90 minutes

Once this temperature has been reached, turn up the heat to 400°F and let your burgers sear for about one minute on each side until the desired temperature has been reached.

This gives them the perfect outer char while keeping the burger moist. 

smoking burgers on a weber smokey mountain smoker
Sear the burgers for about one minute on each side

Serving Smoked Hamburgers

You can serve these smoked burgers with all the fixing you desire. Sometimes we keep things simple in our house with the regular toppings, cheese, lettuce, tomato,  and sometimes we switch things up and throw an egg, some bacon, even guacamole on top. 

smoked burgers served with condiments
Serve these delicious smoked burgers with your favorite condiments

My favorite sides to serve with this dish are grilled potato wedges, homemade coleslaw, or these easy Instant Pot baked beans. 

Not feeling a side? Try these grilled peaches as a summer picnic dessert! 

If you don’t have a smoker and looking for the best burger recipe, don’t forget to check out my grilled hamburgers. I also teach you the best way to grill your burgers on a charcoal or gas grill like a pro!

smoked burgers served with condiments

Smoked Burgers

If you want a juicy, insanely good charred but not burnt burger that melts in your mouth, these smoked burgers will be the perfect recipe!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to smoke burgers, smoked burgers, smoked hamburgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Mark Rogers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef 80/20
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Assorted buns and condiments
  • Provolone pepper jack, cheddar, or American cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Weigh your ground meat into six ⅓lb portions and form into patties with your hands. Patties should be 1 – 1.5 inches thick.
  • Place the burgers directly onto the grates of your pre-heated smoker. Smoke until 15°F below your desired finished internal temperature. (see temp chart)
  • When 15°F below finished temp is reached, increase the temperature of your smoker to 425°F. Reverse sear for about 1 minute a side until the finished desired temperature is reached.
  • Remove from smoker/grill and place on burger buns. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Finished Temperature Chart
  • Rare 120F
  • Medium-Rare 130F
  • Medium 140F
  • Medium-Well 150F
  • Well Done 160F

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 373mg | Sodium: 3227mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 7mg

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