Smoked Cheeseburgers

Smoked Cheeseburgers

After trying a smoked cheeseburger, you’ll never settle for a regular burger again. You get smoke-infused beef and cheese in every bite, plus smoking ensures that the burgers stay juicy but develop great exterior color. For the best result, toast the buns, then finish with your favorite toppings and condiments to customize to your liking.
Servings 4
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Hickory Wood Pellets
  • Probe Thermometer
  • Spatula


  • 2 pounds ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Condiments of choice: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce
  • Toppings: lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced onion


  • Divide the ground beef into 8-ounce portions. Form the meat into ½-inch-thick patties.
  • Refrigerate the patties for 20-30 minutes before smoking.
  • Season both sides of each patty with garlic salt and black pepper.
  • Preheat your Z Grills (preferably with branded hickory pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the patties to the grates, insert your thermometer probe into one of the patties, close the lid, and smoke for 50-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Uncover, add a slice of cheese to each patty, and smoke for 15-20 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium, 155 degrees for medium well, or 165 degrees for well done. For toasted buns, brush them with butter and place them cut side down onto the grill when you add the cheese to the patties. Check them occasionally and remove them from the grill once toasted to your liking.
  • Add the smoked cheeseburgers to the toasted buns with your favorite condiments and toppings. Enjoy.


Smoked cheeseburgers are less likely to puff as they cook. However, making a depression in the center of each patty with your thumb is a good idea.
In addition to cheddar, you can use American or provolone cheese on the burgers.
Calories: 830kcal
Cost: 15
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked

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