Hamburgers are a staple grilling entrée that can be served as a plain burger or glazed in savory and sweet sauces, topped with crunchy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, and other fresh produce. There are countless ways to prepare and cook a hamburger and pack each bite with a burst of flavor, with grilling being one of the most popular.
Can You Cook Hamburgers on A Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
The Pit Boss pellet grill makes it easy to smoke. For a fast grill, you’ll want to set the temperature to 450° – 500°. If you prefer to smoke your burgers, set the temperature to 225°.
Cooking a hamburger on a grill, though common, does have its challenges as it can easily dry out. With a Pit Boss Pellet Grill, though, you can cook a hamburger with its many features and feel confident that the finished product won’t be dry or bland.
If you’re pressed for time, consider cooking frozen hamburgers on the Pit Boss.
Is There A Specific Way to Cook a Hamburger on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
Pit Boss Pellet Grills offer an assortment of cooking techniques at your disposal. You have the option to grill, smoke, braise, bake, roast, and barbeque on some of the more advanced models.
With so many ways to cook on your Pit Boss pellet grill, finding a cooking technique that caters to what you look for in a burger is much more readily available to you.
Not only are there multiple cooking styles that the Pit Boss pellet grill offers, but with so many ways to prepare and dress a hamburger, there is no one way to do it right. You can even use your Pit Boss pellet grill for cooking some of the toppings you wish to finish the dish up with, like caramelized onions.
How Do You Grill a Hamburger on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
One of the great things about using a Pit Boss grill is that they offer a recipe list on their website. If grilling on your pellet stove is new to you, they have you covered with step-by-step instructions on how to grill a Bossin’ Burger.
In general, you will want to preheat your grill to 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit and season your burger to your preference. Be sure to check out my post on how to grill hamburgers on the Pit Boss pellet grill.
To keep it from sticking, brush some oil on it and cook for a total of six to eight minutes, flipping your burger patty halfway through the cooking time.
How Do You Smoke a Hamburger on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
If you are looking to infuse a smokey flavor into your burger, your pellet grill will certainly be your best friend. Although it takes considerably longer than the cooking method mentioned above, it is well worth the wait.
Not only does smoking your hamburger infuse it with whatever flavored wood chips you use for smoking, but the slow and low approach also prevents the likelihood of your burger drying out.
To smoke a hamburger on your pellet grill, you will want to preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. As it is preheating, season your burger to your liking and when the smoker is preheated, place them on the cooking racks, close the lid, and let the smoking process begin.
Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your burger patty. To reach a rare to medium-rare cook on a quarter-pound patty at 225 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to smoke your hamburger for an hour.
I’ve written a step-by-step tutorial on how to smoke hamburgers on a Pit Boss pellet grill. Be sure to check it out as I’ve walked you through exactly how I did it.
And the great thing about smoking your burger in a pellet grill? You can truly set it and forget it as it cooks because the burgers won’t need to be flipped throughout the process.
Have You Thought About Combining More Than One Cooking Method?
When it comes to using your Pit Boss pellet grill to infuse more flavor into your hamburger, you can even combine multiple cooking techniques. For instance, smoking your hamburger and following it up with a quick sear at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on each side can give it that crispy, charred flavored on the outside.
Another attractive option to cook your hamburger and utilize your pellet grill’s different features is to both smoke and braise your hamburger. A smokey beer-braised burger can really kick things up a notch in the flavor department!
So, not only is there no specific one way to cook your burger, but your Pit Boss pellet grill offers you the ability to combine styles and maximize the flavor you put into it.
As you become more familiar and bold with your cooking approach and flavor combinations, you’ll find the only thing limiting what you can do with your pellet grill and a hamburger is you.
If you want to create an out-of-this-world burger, don’t be afraid to get creative!
Are There Any Other Tips To Cook a Hamburger on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
Getting creative in your search for the perfect hamburger has its own set of learning curves, especially when you are deviating from recipes and unsure how it will affect cook time or flavor. Here are a few tips Pit Boss specifically recommends you take to help you get a moist and tasty burger each time.
- Check the Temp– Cook time will vary depending on how thick a patty the hamburger is. Whether you like thin patties or thick ones, utilizing a temperature probe to check the internal temperature of the meat can help you keep the meat from overcooking. It can also help you figure out a cook time that works for your creative approach.
- Don’t Go Lean- As mentioned above, grilling your burger can potentially dry it out, so be sure to use ground meat that has no less than fifteen percent fat.
- Sear Your Burger– Searing your burger adds an extra layer of flavor and a crunchy charred outer exterior. It also helps lock in the moisture depending on what stage of the cooking process you decide to sear your burger.
- Wood Pellets: Grilling the best hamburgers on a Pit Boss pellet grill depends on the flavored pellets you choose. For burgers, you’ll want to use either Hickory or Mesquite pellets. Those two flavors will produce a bacon-like aroma and taste which pair great with burgers.
If you started reading this article, unsure whether you can cook a hamburger on a Pit Boss pellet grill, you certainly know better now. It provides an array of ways to infuse your burger with layers of flavor and will leave you wanting more with every bite.
The next time you go to the grocery store, pick up some ground chuck (our favorite for burgers) and throw them on the grill. You’ll be amazed at how great a hamburger on the pellet grill tastes!
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