Smoked burgers are really easy and quick. Set your grill up for two-zone cooking. Once your coals are burning, grab a couple of Wildwood’s Cherry wood smoking blocks and place them directly on your coals. Then grab a couple of Wildwood Hickory planks to cook the burgers on. I’m a super huge fan of both Hickory and Cherry. Cherry wood leaves a beautiful red color on meat, and Hickory smoke imparts a flavor that’s very close to bacon.
- 2 pounds 80/20 Ground Beef
- 4 Brioche Buns
- 1 Beefsteak Tomato, sliced
- ½ lb. Bacon, cooked
- Green Leaf Lettuce
- 8 slices Cheddar Cheese
- Soak the grilling planks in hot water for at least 15 minutes.
- Preheat grill to 400°F, setting up your grill for 2 zone cooking.
- Form the beef into 4 ½ lb. patties and place on the soaked plank.
- If you’re using a charcoal grill, place Cherry grilling blocks or smoking chips directly on the coals.
- Place plank on the pre-heated grill and cook with lid closed for 15-20 minutes, or until desired done-ness.
- Add cheese for the last few minutes of the cooking time.
- Toast the buns if desired, and top burgers with bacon, lettuce and tomato.
*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.