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Traeger Classic Burger

Traeger Classic Burger

By Traeger Kitchen

Sometimes you don't need much to make a great burger. Cheese, onions and beef smashed together on a griddle are all you need to make your taste buds happy and your neighbors envious.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

15 Minutes




Number of people serving


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Units of measurement:
1 Pound ground beef, 80% lean
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
As Needed Traeger Beef Rub
As Needed butter, melted
2 Medium white onions, thinly sliced
4 Slices American cheese
4 potato buns, or white burger buns
As Needed ketchup and mustard, for serving
2 Cup Shredded iceberg lettuce
As Needed sliced pickles, for serving


  • 1

    Form ground beef into 3oz-4oz balls and season with salt and pepper or Beef Rub.

  • 2

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 450°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place a cast iron griddle on the grill grate while the grill preheats.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

  • 3

    Oil the griddle with fat or butter. Place the onions on the corner of griddle to start caramelizing. Place burger balls on hot griddle and immediately smash them down with a spatula until flattened thin, (about a half inch).

  • 4

    Cook until burgers are well browned.

  • 5

    Carefully flip the burger, place some onions on top of the patty, then add cheese. Butter buns and place on griddle to toast.

  • 6

    Remove burgers and buns from grill and build in this order: bottom bun, desired sauce, lettuce, burger with caramelized onions and cheese, another layer of lettuce, house pickles, a little more sauce and the top bun. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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