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BBQ Smoked Burgers with Homemade Ketchup

BBQ Smoked Burgers with Homemade Ketchup

By Traeger Kitchen

Smoke, beef, fire. You don't need much more to create a burger worth repeating. Top it with our homemade smoked ketchup and you’ll never go back to the glass jar stuff.

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

15 Minutes




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Units of Measurement:
2 Pound ground beef
To Taste kosher salt
To Taste freshly ground black pepper
4 Slices cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 heirloom tomato, sliced
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Traeger Homemade Smoked Ketchup (see recipe), for serving


  • 1

    Divide the ground beef into 4 equal 8-ounce portions. Wet your hands with cold water and shape each portion into a patty about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Try not to overwork the meat. Season the patties on both sides with salt and pepper.

    • 2 Pound ground beef

    • To Taste kosher salt

    • To Taste freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 500˚F and preheat with the lid closed 15 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

  • 3

    Place the hamburger patties directly on the grill grates. Cook with the lid closed for 6 minutes, then flip the patties and close the lid again. Reduce the Traeger temperature to 195℉. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available. Continue cooking the burgers until a thermometer inserted into the center of a patty registers 160℉, 6-7 minutes more. The last few minutes of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheese and place the buns on grill to toast.

    195 ˚F / 91 ˚C

    160 ˚F / 71 ˚C

    Super Smoke

    • 4 Slices cheddar cheese

    • 4  hamburger buns

  • 4

    Serve the burgers on the buns with onion, tomato, lettuce, and Traeger Homemade Ketchup. Enjoy!

    • 1/2  red onion, sliced

    • 1  heirloom tomato, sliced

    •  Shredded iceberg lettuce

    •  Traeger Homemade Smoked Ketchup (see recipe), for serving

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