Cowboy Burger Recipe

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Cowboy Burger Recipe

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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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