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Elevate your smoked burgers to the next level with this amazing smoked cheddar bacon stuffed burgers recipe. A smoked stuffed burger makes a hearty meal paired with a bun and your favourite toppings. I love making these bacon and cheese stuffed burgers, especially for friends. I love their surprise when they bite into the patty and discover it’s stuffed! Pelleted grilled or Traeger grilled burgers are full of flavour and so moist! This burger recipe will be a huge hit all summer long.

Overhead view of burgers in red baskets.
Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Get ready to sink your teeth into this delicious smoked burger! This recipe will satisfy your cravings for something juicy, cheesy, and packed with all the taste. With every bite, you’ll experience the perfect balance of savory flavours and textures. So fire up your grill and get ready for the ultimate burger experience!

If you’re looking for meaty recipes to make, you might also like to try one of these Italian meatloaf recipes or what about some crockpot meals? These seared steak nachos are also really good, as are cowboy sliders!

So if you’re in the mood for smoked or grilled burgers with a wonderful filling, try this. Traeger grilled stuffed burgers might be your new summer favourite. It is really easy to stuff the patties.

Ingredients for Stuffed Smoked Burgers

You need ground beef for the patties. I prefer not to use extra-lean beef because it can dry out. Use anything between 73% and 85% lean for smoked or grilled burgers. You also need bacon and cheese for the filling.

I like to use sharp cheddar because it’s really tasty but if you want something different, a Mexican blend would be good. Or you could try Colby Jack or any favourite cheese you have. Worcester sauce, garlic, paprika, onion, salt, and pepper season the meat. I like to add lettuce and sliced tomato on top of my burger too.

Although there is minced onion in the patty ingredients, if you’re an onion lover you can fry some more. Then add them on top of the patty before serving. If you prefer, you can add a couple of raw onion rings on top.

How to Make a Smoked Stuffed Burger

Mix Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper into the meat. Use your hands and squish everything together well. Don’t use a food processor for this because it tends to do weird things to the texture. You can use a burger press if you have one though! You can make 12 patties with this mixture.

Next up, for the smoked cheddar bacon stuffed burgers, press into the center of 6 of the patties. Add some shredded cheese and crumbled cooked bacon then add the remaining patties on top. You just need to pinch the edges a bit to get them to seal. Make sure they’re sealed all the way around so the cheese doesn’t leak out! You will LOVE these pellet grilled stuffed burgers.

Better than Juicy Lucy!

Perhaps you’ve tried a Juicy Lucy burger before which is a cheese stuffed burger. Some fast food joints sell burgers similar to this smoked cheddar burger. The issue with these is that instead of wrapping the filling in two smaller patties to make one, it’s stuffed inside.

This makes it more difficult to seal the patties and more likely they will explode in the smoker.

It also makes it less likely you will bite into the pellet grilled burger just to have all the cheese shoot out from the other side! So if you’ve been wondering how to stuff burgers, just make two small patties, make a dent in one, fill it and add the other on top. Genius!

How Long to Smoke Burgers

You can then smoke them for 2½ hours or until they’re 165 degrees F inside. Add the buns, toppings and any sauces, and serve your bacon and cheese stuffed burgers. You’ll be really hungry when they’re done since you’ll have smelt the delicious smoky aroma for hours! These Traeger grilled stuffed burgers are a great recipe for the summer when it’s nice to be outdoors.

What to Serve with a Smoked Stuffed Burger

Burgers are always great with fries, polenta fries or onion rings. Since these smoked burgers are homemade and take 2½ hours in the smoker, you’ll have time to prepare sides. These bacon wrapped sonoran hot dogs would be a tasty addition to your burger BBQ meal.

A tossed green salad is always good with cheeseburgers or perhaps you want corn on the cob, smoked potato salad or veggie kabobs (which you can also smoke). Some sliced pickles on top of the bacon and cheese stuffed burgers would be good. Or a whole pickle on the side.

You can easily imagine how amazing smoked stuffed burgers taste. They’re similar to bacon and cheese topped patties but instead the bacon and cheese is cooked inside. If you are a ground beef fan, you may like this recipe for cheese-stuffed meatloaf or even a meatloaf with stuffing, too. Smoked Traeger hamburgers just take the classic bacon cheeseburger recipe up a notch. You can really show off your grilling prowess with these!

Smoked Burger Recipe FAQs

What if I don’t have a smoker?

Just because you don’t have a smoker (or you don’t want to wait 2½ hours to eat) doesn’t mean these smoked burgers aren’t possible. The stuffed burgers will take about 4 minutes per side in a griddle or skillet or cook as usual on your regular grill. You might want to add a few drops of liquid smoke to the patty mixture so you still get that smoked cheddar bacon stuffed burgers aroma and flavour.

Do you flip burgers when you make them in a smoker?

When it comes to flipping the burgers, you can close the lid and let them cook without flipping. If you were to flip them, I would suggest to only flip once in the middle of the cook time.

What wood chips are best for burgers?

Each type of wood chip will impart different flavours to the meat, so it is up to your personal preference on this. Some popular woods for smoking burgers include hickory, oak, mesquite, and applewood. Hickory is has a strong, smoky flavour and is often used for beef and pork. Applewood is milder and often preferred with chicken or turkey burgers.

Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers Recipe

5 from 14 votes

Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Elevate your smoked or grilled burgers to the next level with this amazing smoked cheddar bacon stuffed burgers recipe. A smoked stuffed burger makes a hearty meal. I love making these bacon and cheese stuffed burgers. Pelleted grilled or Traeger grilled stuffed burgers are full of flavour! This smoked stuffed burger will be a huge hit all summer long.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 Pound bacon
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 8 Ounces cheddar cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns


  • Cook bacon and crumble, set aside in a small bowl. Shred the cheese and set aside in a small bowl.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, worcestershire, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, and onion. Mix well to combine and form into 12 thin patties (about ¼” thick) I find it is easiest to use your hands for this part but if you have a burger press even better!
  • Preheat smoker to 200 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  • Arrange 6 patties on a cutting board. Press lightly to form a slight indent in the centre. Fill each centre with about 2 tbsp of crumbled bacon and shredded cheese. Then, top each with remaining patties. Pinch the edges to seal.
  • Place patties directly onto the grill grate and close the lid. Smoke for 2.5 hours until internal temperature hits 165 degrees F.
  • Place burger buns onto grill grates for 10 minutes towards the end of cooking time.
  • Arrange burger patties and top with desired toppings.


Add your toppings of choice such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, etc.


Calories: 1341kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 120g | Saturated Fat: 49g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 382mg | Iron: 5mg
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Let me know if you try to make this Traeger hamburger recipe. Grilled stuffed burgers are full of flavour and so moist! These smoked stuffed hamburgers will be a huge hit all summer long. These bacon and cheese stuffed burgers are great to try if you are looking for a new recipe for smoked or grilled burgers.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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