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Grilled Beer Can Burger

Grilled Beer Can Burger

By Traeger Kitchen

These patties get seasoned with Traeger Beef Rub, smashed down with a beer can, wrapped with bacon, and stuffed with your toppings of choice. Stuff ‘em good, the messier, the better.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

45 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
2 Pound ground beef
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon Traeger Beef Rub
To Taste Salt
To Taste Pepper
1 Beer or soda can
8 Pieces bacon, sliced
To Taste Favorite toppings such as, mac & cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, mushrooms, jalapeños, optional
4 Slices Swiss or cheddar cheese
4 burger buns
Sliced tomato, for serving, optional
As Needed Lettuce, for serving, optional


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 300℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

  • 2

    In a large bowl, add the ground beef and season with Traeger Beef Rub and Worcestershire sauce.

  • 3

    Portion the ground beef into 8 oz balls, then place a beer can in the middle to shape into a bowl. Press beef up the sides of the can. Gently remove can and season meat with salt and pepper.

  • 4

    Wrap the burger bowl with bacon, if desired, and fill with your choice of ingredients. Some of our favorites fillings are mac & cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, mushrooms and Swiss, or cheddar and jalapeños.

  • 5

    Place the burgers directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for about 45 minutes, until the bacon is crisp, and the burger is cooked to desired doneness.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C


  • 6

    During the last five minutes of cooking, top with a slice of cheese and place the buns cut-side-down directly on the grill grates to toast, if desired.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

  • 7

    Remove the burgers and buns from the grill and serve on toasted buns with lettuce and tomato, if using, or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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