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BBQ Kaiser Burgers

Difficulty 2/5
Prep time 15 mins

Cook time 20 mins
Serves 4-6

Hardwood Hickory

This is the Emperor's new favorite burger. Ground chuck burger can easily be cooked to a nice medium rare. For a royal with cheese experience, add sauce galore and load it into a toasted kaiser bun for a gut punch of flavor.


2 lb 80/20 Ground Chuck

1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Grated

2 tsp Traeger Beef Rub

1 cup Mayonaise

1/4 cup Traeger 'Que Sauce

3 Tbsp Butter, Melted

4 Kaiser Rolls, Split


Sweet Onion, Sliced

Tomato, Sliced

Dill Pickle Chips


When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

While Traeger heats up, combine the ground beef, cheese, and beef rub in a medium bowl. Wet your hands with cold water and mix gently.

Divide the meat into four equal portions. Rewet your hands with cold water, and form each portion into a patty about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Do no overwork the meat.

Using your thumbs, make a shallow but wide depression on the top of each burger.

Combine the mayonnaise and the BBQ sauce in a shallow bowl and refrigerate until serving time. Brush the cut sides of the kaiser rolls with melted butter.

Arrange the burgers directly on the grill grate, depression-side down. Cook for 8 minutes, then flip.

Cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until an instant-read meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 160℉.

Meanwhile, lightly toast the buns, cut side down. Watch carefully as buttered bread can easily burn.

Spread the cut side of the buns with the BBQ mayonnaise sauce.

Place a hamburger on each bun bottom, and top with lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickle. Finish with the top of the bun. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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