Be sure to use 80/20 or even 75/25 ground chuck or ground round. I do not recommend using hamburger or ground beef if you are after maximum flavor and juiciness.
Separate the ground chuck into pieces that are about ¼ lb each and, without overworking the meat, make a ball out of one of those ¼ lb pieces.
Lay the ball on a piece of wax paper and carefully form it into a patty that is about 4-5 inches in diameter.
Lay 2 hotdogs on top of the burger patty with a little space between them.
Cheese on top..
Add a nice healthy portion of my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) for amazing flavor
Top it with another patty made exactly like the first one
Pinch the edges together to seal in all the goodness
I used the Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) on the top.
Place the burgers onto a rack, Weber grill pan or a cooling rack and you are ready to smoke 'em!
When I made these, no one was home at the time but my daughter and I so I only made 4.
If you want more smoked burger dogs, double, triple or even quadruple the recipe.
These work well in any smoker or even on the grill. Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F and be sure to have enough smoking wood to keep the smoke going for at least an hour but I recommend letting the smoke go the entire time.
Smoke the Burger Dogs
Place the burger dogs directly on the grate or if you used a Bradley rack, place the rack on the smoker grate.
Let the burgers cook until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F .
A great tool for making sure these are done perfectly is the ThermoPop digital pocket thermometer which reads in 3-4 seconds (that's fast!).
I used oak wood for smoke but you can use almost any smoking wood you have available. Some of my favorites are pecan, mesquite, cherry and apple.
Eat and enjoy!
- You can also use brats, polish sausage, etc.
- To make them more moist, form each of the burger patties around a pat of butter.
- Do not over mix the ground chuck for best results
- Lean ground beef does not make great burgers, unfortunately. Use at least 80/20 for best results.