If you haven’t tried smoked burgers yet, you are missing out. While grilled burgers are delicious, they do not compare to smoked burgers.
Smoked burgers are in a lane of their own. They are juicy, tender, and filled with the perfect amount of smoky flavor.
However, the trick to smoking burgers is knowing how long to smoke them. Smoke burgers at 275 for 45-50 minutes.
- Can You Smoke Burgers
- Ground Beef Vs. Ground Chuck
- What To Sprinkle On Burgers Before Smoking Them
- Tips For Smoking Burgers
- How Long To Smoke Burgers At 275
- How Long To Smoke Beef Burgers At 275
- How Long To Smoke Chicken Burgers At 275
- How Long To Smoke Turkey Burgers At 275
- How Long To Smoke Lamb Burgers At 275
- How To Smoke Burgers Using A Charcoal Grill
- Final Thoughts
Can You Smoke Burgers
Most people assume you cannot smoke burgers because they are so small. However, why can’t you smoke burgers if you can smoke asparagus?
The key is ensuring the burgers are thick enough to handle the smoky flavor. Another trick is to make sure you use the right type of beef.
Ground Beef Vs. Ground Chuck
Before you drive to your local grocery store to purchase a package of beef, you need to consider the type of beef you are purchasing.
Most assume there is no difference between ground beef and chuck. They are beef, so they must be the same thing, right?
Wrong. Ground beef and ground chuck are not the same thing.
Ground chuck is a fatty beef cut originating from the animal’s shoulder. The high-fat content helps ground chuck stick together. This is why it’s so popular for meatballs and burgers.
The only drawback of using ground chuck is that it shrinks a lot compared to other cuts of meat. Remember, ground chuck usually consists of 20% fat.
The fat will melt as the meat cooks in the smoker. The melted fat will drop into the grease man away from the meat, causing it to shrink.
In contrast, ground beef consists of the trimmings of the cow. They are ground into ground beef using a meat grinder.
This type of beef is not necessarily the best for burgers. Ground beef contains 7-13% of fat. So it does not have enough fat to prevent it from falling apart.
It’s better suited to dishes like tacos, lasagna, or casseroles. It does not matter if the beef sticks together in this case.
What To Sprinkle On Burgers Before Smoking Them
Whether to season burgers using burger seasoning or salt and pepper is a widely debated topic. Experts say a good burger only needs a little salt and pepper.
In a way, they are right. Salt and pepper work well with smash burgers or burger patties less than an inch thick. However, smoked burgers are a different story.
Most smoked burgers are at least an inch thick and weigh between 4-6 ounces. Yes, combined with the smoke, salt, and pepper will work. But if you season them with salt and pepper, the middle of the burger will be bland.
Therefore, it may best to season the burgers with burger seasoning. You can easily purchase prepackaged burger seasoning.
Alternatively, you can make your own seasoning by combining salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, and onion powder.
Tips For Smoking Burgers
Smoking burgers is easy. However, these tips will ensure you end up with the best results.
Use ground beef that has the right ratio of fat. The heat can cause the meat to dry out, so make sure you use beef containing at least 15%-20% fat.
If you are using beef, use woods that have a stronger flavor. Woods such as mesquite, oak, and hickory work well with beef burgers. You can also smoke other types of burgers using these woods.
The burgers will not be smoked long, so these woods will not overpower the flavor of the burgers.
However, fruitwood or maple wood also work well with burgers if you want to stay on the safe side.
Do not use the color to determine the burger’s doneness. Smoking triggers a reaction in meat that causes it to be slightly pink.
Therefore the burgers can be pink even though they are fully cooked. If you use the internal temperature, you will know exactly when the burgers are done, regardless of whether they are pink or not.
How Long To Smoke Burgers At 275
How long to smoke burgers at 275°F depends on a few factors. First, the size and thickness of the burgers. Small thin burgers will cook faster, while large thick burgers will take longer to cook.
Second, the type of meat you use to make the burgers influences the cooking time. For example, beef burger cooking time fluctuates based on the degree of doneness.
Generally, it will take about 40-45 minutes to smoke at 275°F.
How Long To Smoke Beef Burgers At 275
As I mentioned above, the cooking time of beef burgers depends on the degree of doneness. Generally, it takes 40-45 minutes to smoke beef burgers at 275°F.
However, if you want medium-rare burgers, it will take about 30 minutes to cook them at 275°F. The burgers should have a temperature of 145°F.
How Long To Smoke Chicken Burgers At 275
It takes about 40-45 minutes to smoke chicken burgers at 275°F. However, ensure the chicken burgers have a temperature of 165°F before removing them from the smoker.
How Long To Smoke Turkey Burgers At 275
Turkey burgers should be smoked to 165°F before removing them from the smoker. The turkey burgers will take about 40-45 minutes to reach this temperature.
How Long To Smoke Lamb Burgers At 275
It takes about 45 minutes to cook lamb burgers at 275°F. However, make sure the lamb burgers have a temperature of 150°F.
How To Smoke Burgers Using A Charcoal Grill
If you do not have a smoker, you can smoke the burgers on your charcoal grill. The key is setting up two-zone cooking.
Simply add the charcoal to a chimney starter and light it. Once the charcoal ashes are over, place the charcoal into the base of the grill on one side. One side of the grill will be hot, while the other side of the grill will be cool.
Place a handful of your preferred wood chips on top of the charcoal. Add the cooking grates to the grill and let it preheat to 275°F.
Place the burgers on the cool side and cook them for 30-35 minutes. Transfer the burgers to the hot side of the grill and sear them for 3-5 minutes per side until they have the correct temperature.
Remove the smoked burgers from the grill and serve them on burger buns along with your favorite toppings.
Smoked burgers are irresistibly delicious, especially when they are cooked properly. So grab some ground chuck, pull out your smoker, and smoke some burgers.
I have been smoking and grilling meat from an early age and enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise through the hundreds of articles I have written about BBQ. I hope to make everyone’s BBQ journey that little bit easier.