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Smoked burger fresh off the pellet grill in a homemade air bun with lettuce, tomato, and cheese.

Smoked Burger Recipe on Pellet Grill

Smoking burgers on the pellet grill is the absolute best way to cook a burger. These are quick to prepare and even easier to cook. Let the pellet smoker do the work for one hour, and then do a quick sear on each side and... done! You will be enjoying the best-tasting burgers in no time! The smoke from the grill adds such a delicious flavor to the meat, and the smoked burgers are so juicy and tender.
5 from 63 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 512 kcal


  • Pit Boss Pellet Grill
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Competition Blend wood pellets


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoon hamburger seasoning
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground beef


How to make the hamburger patties

  • In a medium-size bowl, add eggs, hamburger seasoning, and bread crumbs. Stir until well mixed. Add in ground beef and mix well. You will have to get in there with your hands to get it mixed together evenly.
  • Form patties that are about ½-inch to 1-inch thick and just a little bit wider than the buns you will be using. Place patties on a tray, and let's head to the grill!

How to smoke burgers

  • Preheat your grill. Then, set the temperature to 225 degrees F. Make sure you have topped it up with wood pellets of your choice.
  • When the grill has reached the correct temperature, place hamburger patties on the grill.
  • Cook for about 1 hour at 225 degrees F until the internal temperature of the burgers, measured in the middle of the thickest part, reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Once the hamburgers reach 165 degrees F, turn up the grill to 400 degrees F. Slide open the flame broiler slider using tongs, and now you can cook your burgers over an open wood fire. Don't go anywhere! This step goes fast!
  • Sear burgers for 2 minutes, then flip burgers, add cheese (and BBQ sauce if you like), and cook for 2 minutes more. That's it!
  • Serve on buns (toasted on the grill if you like, or wrapped in lettuce if you are on the keto diet or a low-carb diet), and add your favorite condiments and sides. Now enjoy the best burger you have ever tasted.


Nutritional information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only.
Top Tips:
  • Make burgers roughly the same size, so they cook evenly.
  • Do not overhandle the meat. When you overmix the ground beef, you'll end up with a tough and chewy burger, and no one wants that!
  • Don't press down on the burgers while they are cooking. You don't want to squeeze that yummy burger juice out.
  • You can safely store leftover cooked burgers in the fridge in a container with a tight-fitting lid for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.  
Fridge: Store the burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will keep for 3-4 days.
Freezer: Wrap each burger individually in plastic wrap and place it in a Ziploc bag. Place the bag in the freezer, where the burgers will keep for up to 2 months. When you're ready to eat them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight, and reheat in the air fryer or microwave.


Serving: 1gCalories: 512kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 46gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Keyword smoked burgers, smoked hamburgers
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