Reverse Seared Burger

Reverse Seared Burger

Reverse searing is the method used in which meat is cooked at a lower temperature for a longer period of time then finished on high heat with a sear. The advantage of this cooking style is that you get to enjoy an even cook and color on the inside with a golden-brown, seared exterior.

When you reverse sear a burger, you can count on perfectly cooked meat with the classic sear you love on the outside. This method works wonders for thick 1/4-pound or 1/2-pound patties. Give it a try, and you’ll never want to cook burgers any other way.

Suggested Products:


    • 1.5-2 lbs of ground beef (80% lean meat)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Hamburger buns
    • Toppings/condiments of your choice


    1. Preheat your pellet grill or smoker to 225° F.
    2. Form ground beef into 6-8 balls. Then flatten each ball to form a patty about 1/4-inch thick.
    3. Sprinkle each patty with salt and pepper according to your preference. You can also apply other seasonings at this stage.
    4. Place patties on preheated grill and smoke until their internal temperature is 10-15° under the desired finish temperature (about 115° F to finish at medium rare at 130-135° F).
    5. Turn on Sear Box or Sidekick attachment and preheat to high heat while burgers are cooking. Then sear patties on each side for about 45 seconds.
    6. Plate and enjoy!