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BBQ Smoked Burgers with Homemade Ketchup

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

15 Minutes




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


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Units of Measurement:


  • 2 Pound ground beef

  • salt and pepper

  • cheddar cheese, sliced

  • 4 Whole hamburger buns

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • iceberg lettuce

  • 1 Whole heirloom tomato


  • 1

    See Homemade Smoked Ketchup recipe for preparation instructions.
  • 2

    For the smoked burgers: Divide the meat into four equal 8 ounce portions. Wet your hands with cold water and form each portion into a patty about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Try not to overwork the meat.


    • 2 Pound ground beef

  • 3

    Season both sides with salt and pepper.


    • As Needed salt and pepper

  • 4

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

    Grill500 ˚F

  • 5

    Arrange the hamburgers directly on the grill grate. Cook for 6 minutes then flip patties.

    Grill500 ˚F

  • 6

    Turn Traeger temperature down to 195℉. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    Grill195 ˚F

  • 7

    Cook patties for an additional 7 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the burger registers 160℉. The last few minutes of cooking, add cheese to burgers and place buns on grill to toast. Serve with your favorite toppings and homemade ketchup. Enjoy!

    Grill195 ˚F

    Probe160 ˚F


    • As Needed cheddar cheese, sliced

    • 4 Whole hamburger buns

    • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

    • As Needed iceberg lettuce

    • 1 Whole heirloom tomato

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