Smoke, beef, fire. You don't need much more to create a burger worthy of repeating. Top it with our homemade smoked ketchup and you’ll never go back to the glass jar stuff.
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See Homemade Smoked Ketchup recipe for preparation instructions.
For the smoked burgers: Divide the meat into four equal 8 ounce portions. Wet your hands with cold water and form each portion into a patty about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Try not to overwork the meat.
Season both sides with salt and pepper.
When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 500˚F and preheat, lid closed 15 minutes.
Arrange the hamburgers directly on the grill grate. Cook for 6 minutes then flip patties.
Turn Traeger temperature down to 195℉. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
Cook patties for an additional 7 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the burger registers 160℉. The last few minutes of cooking, add cheese to burgers and place buns on grill to toast. Serve with your favorite toppings and homemade ketchup. Enjoy!
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