Traeger Kitchen


Smoked Pastrami Burgers

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

40 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Alder

Make weekend burgers sizzle by topping your patties with tender, sliced pastrami. The zesty brined flavor is unbeatable.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

6

Units of Measurement:

main
  • 2 Pound ground chuck, 80% lean

  • Traeger Beef Rub

  • 1/2 Cup mayonnaise

  • 1/3 Cup Traeger BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Teaspoon pickle juice

  • 1 Pound Pastrami, Sliced

  • 8 Slices cheddar cheese

  • 8 buns

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set grill temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
    Grill180 ˚F
  • 2

    Divide your ground beef into 8 equal sized patties and season with Traeger Beef Rub. Place directly on the grill grate, close the lid, and smoke for 30 minutes.
    Grill180 ˚F
    Ingredients
    • 2 Pound ground chuck, 80% lean

    • To Taste Traeger Beef Rub

  • 3

    While the burgers smoke, make the fry sauce. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, BBQ sauce, and pickle juice. Stir to combine, cover, and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    Ingredients
    • 1/2 Cup mayonnaise

    • 1/3 Cup Traeger BBQ Sauce

    • 2 Teaspoon pickle juice

  • 4

    Remove the burgers from the grill and turn the temperature setting to High. Allow the grill to preheat before returning the burgers to the grill grate. Cook on High for 4-5 minutes on one side then flip the burgers.
    Grill500 ˚F
  • 5

    When you flip the burgers, add the pastrami to the grill in 8 individually portioned piles. Close the lid and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes.
    Grill500 ˚F
    Ingredients
    • 1 Pound Pastrami, Sliced

  • 6

    Carefully transfer the pastrami to the top of the burgers and place a slice of cheese on each. If desired, you can also add the buns to the grill so they can get toasted. Close the lid again and cook until the cheese is melted and the burgers reach a desired level of doneness. The recommended internal temperature for a well-done burger is 175℉.
    Grill500 ˚F
    Probe175 ˚F
    Ingredients
    • 8 Slices cheddar cheese

    • 8 buns

  • 7

    Transfer the pastrami topped burgers to the bottom bun. Slather the top bun with the fry sauce, pile with the burger toppings of your choosing and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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