Cowboy Burger Recipe

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Cowboy Burger Recipe


We took this cowboy burger recipe to the next level by smoking the patties, bacon and onion rings on the Traeger pellet smoker.  (Here is the recipe for smoked onion rings.)  I usually cook my burgers by smashing them on the flat top but I wanted to add some smoke flavor to my patties and bacon.

For this recipe I used apple pellets to add a bit of fruity flavor and smoked my patties and bacon at 300 degrees until the patties reached 165 degrees internal.  Then I topped them with some cheese and let that melt before I took them off the smoker.

I topped my cowboy burger with mayo, BBQ sauce, jalapenos and my homemade smoked onion rings.  You know it came out delicious… give it a try.

Cowboy Burger Ingredients

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Favorite BBQ rub or seasoning
  • Mayo
  • BBQ sauce
  • Jalapenos
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 12 smoked onion rings
  • 4 pretzel buns

Burger & Bacon Prep

  • Weight out 1/4 pound of hamburger, form it into a ball and place it on wax paper
  • Smash with 1/4 pound hamburger press and repeat until all hamburger patties are done
  • Season with kosher salt, black pepper and BBQ seasoning or rub
  • Season all side of bacon with favorite BBQ seasoning or rub

Smoking Instructions

  • Fill hopper with a fruity pellet like apple or cherry
  • Pre heat smoker to 300 degrees
  • Place burger patties seasoned side down and season the top of the patties
  • Place rack of bacon on smoker
  • Once burger patties reach 165 degrees internal, flip and top with cheese for 5 minutes
  • Remove burger patties and bacon from smoker

Burger Building Instructions

  • Toast your pretzel bun
  • Place hamburger patty on bottom bun
  • Top hamburger with 1 slice of bacon cut in half
  • Top bacon with smoked onion rings
  • On top bun, top with mayo, BBQ sauce and jalapenos

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