Pellet Smoker Burgers: smoked meat, cumin, paprika & onions

by Josh | Last Updated: September 11, 2020
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A great grilling technique starts with a great grill.

If you are looking to get a grill that grills your burgers to perfection, you really can’t go wrong with a pellet smoker.

Pellet smokers are so named because they use pellets made out of compacted wood and sawdust, that add a smokey taste to your food that is out of this world.

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If you are looking to get a great taste for your burgers, here is a rundown on how you can use a pellet smoker to achieve a high-quality flavor.

Tips for Making a Great Pellet Smoked Burger

There are several meats that you can grill on a pellet smoker, but these grills are known for grilling a hamburger to perfection.

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you grill the best hamburger possible.

Make the best pellet smoker burgers

Pellet Smoked Burger Recipe

Before smoking your burger, you will want to season it properly. When it comes to flavoring a burger, everyone has different tastes but here is a recipe you may want to try.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people



  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin


  • Combine all ingredients and use 1 ½ tsp. of the mixture for every pound of meat.

Now that your burgers are properly seasoned, let’s do a quick rundown on how to cook the burger.

  • Add your preferred flavor of wood pellets to your smoker.
  • Preheat smoker to 425 – 450 degrees with the lid closed.
  • Add patties, cover smoker with lid and let sit 8-9 minutes.
  • Flip burgers and let grill for another 8-9 minutes until thermometer reads 160 degrees.
  • Add cheese during the last minute of grilling and let it melt.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
Keyword Smoked

What is a Pellet Grill?

Pellet grills run on electricity. Pellets are added to the hopper, which are then funneled down to a rotating auger and motor. The auger pulls the pellets into the firepot, which speed and temperature are set by a temperature control panel.

When the pellets hit the firepot, an ignitor rod creates a flame that produces smoke. A fan at the bottom of the unit spreads the smoke and heat throughout the grill to heat your food.

Benefits of Smoking with a Pellet Smoker

Smoking with a pellet smoker provides the following benefits.

If you love burgers and you don’t have a pellet smoked burger at least once in your life, you may be missing out. These smokers provide a unique flavor that can not be beat.

What are your favorite pellet smoked burger recipes?

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