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Juicey Loosey Smokey Burger Recipe

This is quite the recipe name for quite the burger! Thanks for your submission, Steven L., we can’t wait to try!


  • 80/20 beef 1/3 pound per burger
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Grilla AP Rub
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Hamburger Bun
  • BBQ Sauce


Halve each 1/3 pound of beef, which is 2.66 ounces per half.

Flatten out one half to approximately six inches disc. Put in a mess of American cheese, leaving 1/2 inch clear.

Put other half of meat on top, and seal edges. Repeat for all burgers.

Sprinkle with Grilla AP rub, salt, and pepper grill seasonings.

Smoke at 250 for 50 minutes. No need to turn.

Apply smokey dokey BBQ sauce, preferably a mustard based sauce like Grilla Gold and Bold, or Sticky Fingers Carolina Classic. Cook for an additional ten minutes, or to preferred doneness.

Why You Need a Go-To Smokey Burger Recipe

As a pitmaster extraordinaire, you have a reputation to maintain. Everyone expects you to produce quality meals on your Grilla Grills wood pellet smoker grill. To keep them oohing and aahing at your grilling prowess, you need at least one smokey burger recipe up your sleeve.

We feel this one takes the cake for plenty of reasons. First of all, the burger is truly colossal. No foolin’ there. Aside from it being a third of a pound of meat alone, the smokey burger contains a heaping helping of cheese. This is like one of those chocolate molten lava cakes, only in burger form!

Secondly, adding Grilla rub to any piece of meat turns it into magic. Seriously. One bite of the smokey burger and you can tell that the seasonings are turning up the flavor several notches.

Finally, the BBQ finish cannot be beaten. Even if you choose to use a homemade or favorite BBQ sauce not from the Grilla pantry, your smokey burger recipe will still stand out.

Just one more word of praise and advice. Be sure to make enough smokey burgers for heavy appetites. You might be shocked at how many requests you have for seconds. Be ready.

Take the Juicey Loosey Smokey Dokey Burger to the Next Level

Even if you follow our smokey burger recipe without changing so much as a teaspoon of rub, you will have a masterpiece on your hands. Nevertheless, we know our pitmasters like to play around with different flavors.

If DIY grilling is your thing, use our smokey burger recipe as a starting point. Then, branch out by making some substitutions. For instance, go with a different blend of meats. Maybe you want to incorporate some ground pork in the mix. Perhaps you feel like adding game like venison. Or you could even try making the loosey smokey burger with thick salmon patties. Whatever floats your burger boat and makes you go ape works for us.

In addition to substituting meats, play around with cheeses. Few ingredients have as many options as cheese. Really, you could pack anything from blue cheese chunks to pepper jack into your smokey burger.

We’d be remiss if we forgot to recommend trying out a unique type of bun. Begin with pretzel or brioche bread buns. Then expand from there.

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