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Classic All American Grilled Cheeseburger with a Twist -- Smoked Reverse Seared

A Classic All-American Cheeseburger with a twist. These are reverse seared on a Weber Kettle grill with smoke chunks giving it great smoke flavor, then finished hot for the perfect char. 
Course Entree
Cuisine American, BBQ, Barbecue, burgers
Keyword cheeseburger, cheeseburger recipe, grilled cheeseburger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Cost $18.00


  • 1 pound ground beef, we use 80/20 lean
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite dry rub, we like a combination of salt/pepper/garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices mild cheddar cheese

Cheeseburger Toppings

  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 1 whole tomato sliced
  • ½ white onion sliced
  • 8 pieces butter lettuce, rinsed and dry
  • 1 whole dill pickle, sliced or buy pre-sliced


  • Preheat grill and prep for indirect cooking with lump charcoal and wood chunks. Target 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, combine rub and Worcestershire with the ground beef and form into 4 patties.
  • When grill at desired temperature place the burger on the indirect side of the grill and smoke for 45 minutes to an hour or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. Remove the burgers.
  • Add more charcoal to the grill bringing the temperature to a range between 400 and 450 degrees F.
  • Place the burger over direct heat and grill for 3 minutes on one side. Then flip and add cheese to the top of the burger. Close lid and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the burger reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Construct your burger with your favorite toppings and then enjoy with your favorite wine or beer.