Smoked Hamburgers and Smoked Hotdogs

May is the traditional beginning of barbecue season although, many of us barbecue all year long through cold, wind and rain. Regardless of whether you barbecue all year long or you follow the traditional  seasons of barbecue, smoked burgers and smoked hotdogs are the way to go.

Doing burgers and hotdogs in the smoker allows you to do all of them at once and they all get done in about the same time.

Everyone who has eaten smoked burgers or smoked hotdogs at my house has exclaimed that they are the best they have ever had. You and your friends and family will certainly agree.

Enjoy the warmer weather!

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour – 1.5 hours (depends on thickness of patties)
  • Smoker Temp: 225°F – 240°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
  • Recommended Wood: Hickory
What You'll Need
Apply a Little Flavor

You can smoke the burger patties plain if you want to but I love to ramp up the flavor using my rub.

Make burger patties about ½ inch thick and 4-5 inches in diameter. It is best to make them flat on top and bottom or slightly concave instead of fat.

Lay the burger patties on a plate or flat surface.

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Coat them with a little Worcestershire sauce to wet the surface for the rub.

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Sprinkle Jeff's rub (purchase recipes here) onto the top of the burgers and let them sit for a few minutes.

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Flip the burgers over once the rub gets that “wet” look and repeat the Worcestershire/rub on the other side.

Once finished, place the patties on a Bradley rack or pan to make it easy to transport them out to the smoker.

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Get the Smoker Ready

You can use almost any smoker to smoke burgers but I like to use the Digital 4-rack Bradley smoker for these.

It is quick and easy to get going and I can easily fit 24 burgers using the normal 4 rack system.

If you want to order 4 extra racks, you can put the 4 extra racks (top side down) on top of the 4 standard racks and get 24 more burgers going for a total of 48 burgers at once.

Get whatever smoker you plan to use, preheated to 225°F (indirect heat) and once it is clicking along and holding steady, you are ready to go.

If your smoker has a water pan, use it.

Smoke the Burgers

Place the burgers directly on the grate or lay the Bradley racks directly on the grate.

Let them smoke at 225°F for about 60-90 minutes. It may take a little longer if they are extra thick.

If you use ground sirloin or some other higher grade of beef you may want to watch the temperature and only cook them to medium-rare but I must tell you that the USDA recommends 160°F on all ground beef for proper food safety.

The burgers are done when they cooked to 160°F in the center using a digital probe meat thermometer or to your desired level of doneness.

I usually watch for the juices to start puddling on the top to give me an indicator of when they are almost done.

Adding Cheese:

If you want to add some cheese, do this in the last 10-15 minutes or so.

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Enjoy!

Note: Prepare the tomato, lettuce and onion and get the condiments ready while the burgers are smoking.

By the way, as you can see, I like to use spinach leaves instead of lettuce ;-)

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The yellow sauce: I mix regular yellow mustard with my very own barbecue sauce (purchase recipe here) to make an excellent burger sauce (50/50).

Build your burger and enjoy!

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Smoked Hotdogs

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Many hotdogs you purchase in the store have smoke flavoring added but there is nothing as good as smoked hotdogs made smoky by spending some quality time in your smoker.

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60-90 minutes (depends on what size hotdogs you use)
  • Smoker Temp: 225°F – 240°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: Hot in the center
  • Recommended Wood: Hickory
What You'll Need
  • 3 lbs of hotdogs (go for quality here if possible)
  • Jeff's rub recipe (purchase the recipe here)
  • hotdog buns
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
  • Hotdog fixins (onions, chili, coleslaw, grated cheese, chopped jalapeños, etc.)
Give the Dogs a Little Rub

I recommend Hebrew National or Nathan's hotdogs if you really want the good ones. There are other brands that are also good so use what you like.

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Remove the hotdogs from the package

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Pour several tablespoons of my rub onto a plate and make sure it is spread out well.

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Roll the hotdogs in the rub making sure to not miss the ends.

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Lay the rubbed hotdogs on a Bradley rack, bowl or sheet pan so they'll be easy to carry out to the smoker.

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Prepare the Smoker

Whether you are using gas, electric, charcoal or wood, get your smoker lit, plugged in or turned on and preheated to 225°F (indirect heat).

If your smoker has a water pan, fill it up and get your wood of choice ready for a little smoking action.

Once the smoker is running at 225°F and holding steady, you are good to go.

Smoke the Hotdogs

Place the hotdogs right on the grate and let them smoke away for 60-90 minutes.

When you think they might be done, grab one and take a big bite. If it's warm enough and smoky enough, then they are done.

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Serve Them Up

Eat a couple just like they are (for the full effect of the smoky, delicious magic that you just performed on a lowly hotdog) then put one on a bun with all of your favorite condiments, veggies, etc. and “go to town”.

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Let everyone else make their own “dog”.

Another Option

If you haven't seen my spiral sliced hotdog recipe, you might want to try it on for size as well.

It's located HERE

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Smoked Burgers

In celebration of the beginning of warm weather and lots of wonderful parties, holidays and warm evenings and weekends spent cooking out, I thought it would only be fitting to show you how to do burgers on the smoker.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of 80/20 ground beef
  • Jeff’s rub recipe
  • Hamburger buns
  • Condiments (((mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, etc.)))
  • Hamburger fixins (((tomato, onion, cheese, etc.)))

Instructions

Prepare the Burgers for Smoking

  • Make patties that are about ½ inch thick and 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
  • Lay the patties flat on a plate or flat surface
  • Pour on a little Worcestershire sauce to wet the surface of the meat
  • Sprinkle rub on the top of the burger patties.
  • Wait about 10 minutes for the "wet" look then flip them over and repeat.

Smoking the Burgers

  • Preheat smoker to 225°F
  • Place burgers directly on grate over indirect heat
  • Smoke cook for 60-90 minutes applying hickory or other wood smoke the entire time.
  • The burgers are finished when they reach 160 °F in the center or your desired level of doneness.

 

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Smoked Hotdogs

Many hotdogs you purchase in the store have smoke flavoring added but there is nothing as good as smoked hotdogs made smoky by spending some quality time in your smoker.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of hotdogs (((go for quality here if possible)))
  • Jeff’s rub recipe
  • hotdog buns
  • Condiments (((mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, etc.)))
  • Hotdog fixins (((onions, chili, coleslaw, grated cheese, chopped jalapeños, etc.)))

Instructions

Prepare Hotdogs for Smoking

  • Remove hotdogs from package
  • Roll hotdogs in Jeff's rub making sure to not miss the ends

Smoking the Hotdogs

  • Prepare smoker for cooking at 225°F
  • Once smoker is ready, place hotdogs directly on smoker grate
  • Apply hickory or other wood smoke the entire time
  • Let the hotdogs cook for about an hour or until they are heated through
  • Remove from smoker and serve immediately

 

5 Comments

  1. Jay November 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    If you smoke the burgers for 60-90 minutes, aren't they going to come out like hockey pucks? The ones pictured here look very…firm. I can see keeping them over heat for 6-8 minutes, tops.

    • Jeff Phillips November 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      If you are grilling and/or using direct heat, yes, you are correct. At low temperatures of 225-240°F, with indirect heat, they turn out perfect and delicious;-) As with all things smoked, monitor the temperature and when the correct temperature is reached (160°F in this case), they are done regardless of the time.

      • Randy Dueck January 18, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

        I would just like to add that in my experience, it is easy to dry out a beef patty in a smoker at low temps. I like to run my offset smoker at a higher heat (350-450 F) so that the burgers cook faster on the outside to preserve inner juices, but still get that nice smoky flavor.

  2. Daniel May 7, 2014 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Jeff,

    How did you get the burgers so perfectly shaped, and, are you using 80/20

    • Marc March 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Daniel, I use a burger press that I bought from Walmart. Cheap and works great. It would be with all the kithen utensils.

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