Pellet smokers are basically barbecue grills which are fuelled by wood pellets. These wood pellets are generally made of sawdust and do not create much ash. Pellet smokers are often scorned by some barbecue connoisseurs as they do not require all the traditional efforts that go along with barbecue. With a pellet smoker, you do not need to man your grill for hours on end, making sure the temperature stays just right. You do not need to breathe in the charcoal dust and ashy smoke. It works at the touch of a button and operates on the set it and go principle, meaning, you pop your meat in, set the temperature and then go about your chores and errands. Once you return to the smoker, the perfectly smoked meat will await you in your pellet smoker. It has all the convenience of an electric smoker and the wood pellets give it the rich, smoky flavor of a traditional charcoal grill. With pellet smokers, you get the best of both worlds.
The best thing about a pellet smoker is that even a beginner who is only just trying their hand at BBQ can achieve great results with one. So, if you want to be serving up burgers like a pro at your next BBQ party, the following tips will definitely come in handy.
The first thing to consider if you are planning to smoke burgers on your pellet grill is the meat being used. Make sure you get a thick cut of meat with generous marbling. Lean meat is just going to make your burgers dry and tough. For best results be sure to get the best quality meat you can find.
Now that you have your meat ready, it is time to fashion it into patties. Make the patties a little bigger than you want them as they end up shrinking once in the smoker. Make sure to form a small depression at the top of the patty and pour some water into it. This is done to make sure the meat stays moist during the smoking process. If you wish to season the patty, do so just before you toss it into the smoker.
A crucial point to remember while smoking burgers on pellet smokers is that the smoker must be preheated before you place the patties in it. This is very important as it helps in cooking the inside of the meat as well as the outside. Also, an already-hot grill will prevent your patties from sticking to it. Preheating the smoker also helps in making sure all the moisture is retained.
An amateur mistake made by rookies while grilling burgers on pellet smokers is flipping and moving the patties around way too much. Only flip the meat once every 2 to 4 minutes and do not press down on the patty with your spatula. Lastly, don’t forget to melt some cheese on your burger to give it that perfect finish.
You can also check this video out by FlavCity with Bobby Parrish on YouTube for some more awesome tips about grilling your burgers!
Follow the above tips while using your pellet smoker and you will be serving perfectly smoked burgers in no time!