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Best Traeger Burger Recipe – Perfect Every Time!

by Heather

Once you make Traeger burgers, you won’t go back to cooking burgers any other way! This is the BEST Traeger burger recipe, hands down. For this easy recipe, we combine ground beef with oat flour, egg, and barbeque sauce, seasonings, and cook them on a Traeger grill. Juicy burgers every single time!

Traeger burger recipe

Traeger burger recipe

Years ago at a friend’s house, I got to experience Traeger burger patties, and they were legit the best burgers I had ever eaten in my life.

My husband and I were blown away!

Ever since then, it was our mission to make our own burgers taste just as good. And we’ve done it!

Now you get the chance too, and I can’t wait to teach you how to make them.

The recipe, a handy video showing how I mix and shape my beef patties, plus all my tips and substitutions are for you below!

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What makes these burgers so flavorful?

A burger that is simply shaped ground beef is missing so much flavor.

We’re adding dried chives, granulated garlic, sea salt, pepper, barbeque sauce, plus egg and oat flour to keep it all together.

You could skip the burger buns and just enjoy the patty and you be missing nothing!

Why a Traeger is my favorite way to cook burgers

A Traeger grill is different than a regular barbeque – it’s an electric wood pellet grill that also can be used as a smoker. It burns wood chips or pellets.

The way that it cooks meat in a slower way than a barbeque or an oven leaves you with moist meat with great flavor.

It’s electric and easy to use – simply get your Traeger smoking and then set the Traeger temperature to your desired heat and cook your meat!

Burgers don’t dry out, and the smoky flavor adds a ton to the burgers!

ingredients in Traeger burgers

What you need for Traeger burgers

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

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How to make a dang good juicy burger patty

  1. When you’re ready to cook your burgers turn the Traeger on to smoke and leave the lid open for 5 minutes to start the smoke. Close the lid and set the temperature to 450 degrees F (or high heat). It will take about 15 minutes to get up to the temperature. Make sure you have enough wood pellets to keep the high temperatures.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, egg, oat flour, bbq sauce, chives, garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Mix fully so that all the flavors get combined well. The best way is with your hands!
  3. Divide the burger mixture into 8 equal portions. Shape the perfect burger patty by making a round circle, flattening it until it’s about ½ thick patties, and then adding a small indentation in the center of the top of the burger. This will help it to maintain a flatter shape, and not turn into a burger ball.
  4. When the Traeger smoker is ready to go, place patties on the grill grate, close the lid, and cook for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, flip the burgers, and cook for another 5 minutes. If you plan to add cheddar cheese to your burger, add the cheese after 5 minutes and close the lid for 1 minute to melt the cheese.
  5. The internal temperature should reach 145 degrees for a medium-rare. Cook a couple more minutes for medium burgers.
  6. Serve with burger buns, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and/or pickles, plus all your favorite condiments, and enjoy the amazing flavor!

Watch me make this Traeger burger recipe

The full how to video can be watched below, or on my YouTube channel!

Favorite sides to enjoy with burgers

These burgers are good alone, but always better with delicious sides! Try any of these favorite sides with dinner tonight.

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Helpful tips

It’s important to fully mix the seasonings into the ground beef, but you don’t want to overmix the burger mixture. That would result in tougher patties.

If you prefer to cook your burgers at a lower temperature, you sure can! Cook at 350 degrees F on the Traeger for a cook time of 10-12 minutes per side. They are just as delicious that way.

You can premix and shape the patties in advance and freeze them! This is helpful if you want to really simplify mealtime by simply taking the frozen burgers out and cooking them right away.

Increase the cooking time by 5-7 minutes total when using frozen burgers.

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Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this delicious burger recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Ground beef – Ground bison and ground lamb are delicious substitutes here! You can also use ground turkey or ground chicken for an even leaner burger patty.

Egg – If you need to keep these burgers egg-free, omit the egg. The egg helps with binding. Reduce the oat flour by half with the extra liquid from the egg being taken away.

Oat flour – Breadcrumbs, panko, and crushed crackers are all good options to replace the oat flour. If you want to keep it gluten-free, like the oat flour is, opt to crush a gluten-free cracker.

Barbecue sauce – Another great option is to use ketchup here in place of the BBQ sauce. Another good substitution is to add heat into the mix with spicy bbq sauce!

Dried chives – Fresh chives or minced green onion are good choices to replace dried chives.

Granulated garlic – Garlic powder or onion powder are good options to use in place of granulated garlic. You can also use 1-2 cloves of fresh minced garlic!

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The BEST Traeger Burger Recipe

Once you make Traeger burgers, you won't go back to cooking burgers any other way! This is the BEST Traeger burger recipe, hands down. For this easy recipe, we combine ground beef with oat flour, egg, and barbeque sauce, seasonings, and cook them on a Traeger grill. Juicy burgers every single time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, burgers, ground beef, Traeger
Servings: 8
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • When you’re ready to cook your burgers turn the Traeger on to smoke and leave the lid open for 5 minutes to start the smoke. Close the lid and set the temperature to 450 degrees F (or high heat). It will take about 15 minutes to get up to the temperature. Make sure you have enough wood pellets to keep the high temperatures.
  • In a large bowl combine the ground beef, egg, oat flour, bbq sauce, chives, garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Mix fully so that all the flavors get combined well. The best way is with your hands!
  • Divide the burger mixture into 8 equal portions. Shape the perfect burger patty by making a round circle, flattening it until it’s about ½ thick patties, and then adding a small indentation in the center of the top of the burger. This will help it to maintain a flatter shape, and not turn into a burger ball.
  • When the Traeger smoker is ready to go, place patties on the grill grate, close the lid, and cook for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, flip the burgers, and cook for another 5 minutes. If you plan to add cheddar cheese to your burger, add the cheese after 5 minutes and close the lid for 1 minute to melt the cheese.
  • The internal temperature should reach 145 degrees for a medium-rare. Cook a couple more minutes for medium burgers.
  • Serve with burger buns, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and/or pickles, plus all your favorite condiments, and enjoy the amazing flavor!
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg

If you try this Traeger pellet grill burger recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

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