Recipe courtesy of Flip Side

Smokey Burger

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 13 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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14 ounces grass-fed ground beef (a 78-percent to 22-percent meat-to-fat-ratio is best)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 ounces Smoked Beef Brisket, recipe follows

4 tablespoons BBQ Sauce, recipe follows

4 slices thickly-cut smoked gouda cheese

4 brioche buns with sesame seeds

Smoked Beef Brisket:

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

5 pounds beef brisket

BBQ Sauce:

5 ounces applewood bacon, cut into small dice

3 cloves garlic

30 ounces ketchup

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground

1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat a flat cast-iron skillet over medium to high heat.
  2. Form the ground beef into 4 patties and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear both sides of the burgers to about medium-rare, flipping only once.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the broiler on low.
  4. Turn the heat off the skillet and top the burgers with the Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ Sauce and gouda cheese. Move the topped burgers under the broiler and allow the cheese to thoroughly melt. Remove from the broiler and allow to rest while you lightly toast the brioche buns under the broiler.
  5. To serve, put the burger on the toasted bun and enjoy!

Smoked Beef Brisket:

  1. Preheat a smoker and applewood chips to 180 degrees F. 
  2. Thoroughly combine the salt, black pepper, sugar, smoked paprika and cayenne in a medium bowl. Rub the brisket evenly with the dry rub. Wrap securely in tinfoil and place in large baking pan. Smoke until the meat falls apart, 8 to 12 hours.

BBQ Sauce:

  1. In a large saute pan, cook the bacon on medium to high heat until almost crispy and the fat has rendered. Add the garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, smoked paprika and cayenne and cook for about 1 hour over low heat. Puree the sauce in a food blender until smooth.