Smoked Burgers

How Long to Smoke a Hamburger

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How Long Do You Smoke Hamburgers?

Fancy bbq food is great, but sometimes you just want a burger. There are a lot of different ways to make smoked burgers. This is my favorite.

Most people make burgers on a gas or charcoal grill. They turn the heat up to high, then cook for three or four minutes per side. Burgers barbecued this way turn out good. But there is a better way!

Smoked burgers take a little longer, but the flavor you get is worth it!

Smoked burgers are delicious and easy to make. If you're using a stick burner, or a pellet smoker, this recipe works great! I like making my smoked burgers on a Traeger. #traegerrecipes #traegerbbq #bbqrecipes #grilling

The Best Meat for Smoked Burgers

The best meat for smoked burgers has a higher fat content and is raised antibiotic and hormone free. I really like the Wagyu Beef from Snake River Farms. If you’re looking for the best meat for burgers, this is it.

If you’re going with store-bought burgers, make sure you get a mix of at least 85/15. My preference is 80/20 or even 73/27!

Higher fat content ground beef works well here because all that fat is going to render out during the smoke. This gives you one of the tastiest burgers you’ve ever had!

Making Your Smoked Burger Patties

It doesn’t take long to make your smoked burger patties. The size of each patty is totally dependant on how big the bun is that you’ll be using. Know that the patties will shrink a little while they are cooked. Make sure they are a little bit larger than the bun, and at least a 1/2 inch thick.

I like to use a burger press to keep my patties uniform in size and shape, and after investing in one, I can’t imagine making burger patties any other way.

Seasoning Smoked Burgers

I like to keep it simple with my smoked burger seasonings. All I do is sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on each side, and then give them a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. If you are looking for a little bit more flavor in the patties consider using a tablespoon of my beef or poultry rub for every pound of ground beef.

When the patties are formed and seasoned, it’s time to throw them on your Traeger!

How to Make Smoked Hamburgers

Set your grill to smoke at 180 degrees using indirect heat. Let your burgers smoke for about one hour, or until the internal temperature is 125 degrees.

Know Your Internal Meat Temps People!

I’ve talked a lot about internal temp, and if you don’t have an instant-read thermometer, you’re doing your barbecue a disservice. When you know your temps, EVERYTHING gets easier.

When the burgers have been smoking for an hour, pull them off the smoker and adjust the heat on your smoker to 450+ degrees. When the smoker is up to temp, put the burgers back in. Let them cook for two to three minutes per side to give them that good sear on the outside.

I like to cook my smoked burgers to medium (140 degrees), but the USDA recommends cooking ground beef to 165 degrees. Use your instant-read thermometer to make sure you get it right! I’ve pulled my burgers too early before, and my wife was not pleased!!

If you’re adding cheese, throw the slices on after the first flip.

smoked triple cheeseburger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onions

If you were wondering how long do you smoke hamburgers? Now you know! Looking for other burger recipes? Check out these posts:

Smoked Burgers

Smoked Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Simple, moist, and delicious. Smoked Burgers are one of the easiest things you can make on your smoker, and they turn out perfect every single time


  • 1 lb ground beef, 85/15 or 80/20 blend
  • dash salt and pepper
  • splash Worcestershire sauce


  1. Form your ground beef patties to be a touch larger than the buns you're using and about a 1/2 inch thick
  2. Hit each side of the burger with a dash of salt and pepper
  3. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce
  4. Smoke the burgers for about an hour, or until the internal temp hits 125 with an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Remove burgers from smoker and turn temp up to high (400+)
  6. put burgers back in smoker and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, depending on how you like your burger cooked. 140 is medium, but the USDA recommends cooking all ground beef products to 165 degrees. 
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve


If you haven't tried making smoked burgers, you're missing out! These smoked burgers are juicy on the inside, and the seared outside crust is AMAZING.

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