Best wood for hamburgers?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by crvtt, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    Going to smoke hamburgers for the first time and I'm torn on what wood to use.  I have hickory, mesquite, cherry, alder, pecan, and apple.  I was thinking a combo of apple and mesquite but was hoping someone had some first hand knowledge.  I'm sure it'll be good regardless of what I use, but the more I smoke the more I realize certain woods complement certain types of meat better. 
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try your Pecan , a nice flavor reminiscent of Hickory but milder ; perfect for Burgers. JMHO!!!
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I really like cherry for all beef smokes. A 50/50 mixture of hickory and cherry is really good too! I have also done a 75/25 mixture of cherry and mesquite, light on the mesquite and heavy on the cherry. Smoked burgers are the best!
  4. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I like full on mesquite for burgers!  I love the hickory/cherry blend but that is my go-to for pork - unlike my friend dirtsailor who prefers that combo with beef!

    Basically, it's a preference thing.  You'll need to try out a few different woods to see which one YOU like best.

    Good luck,

  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    HA and I like hickory/apple for pork or alder/apple for pork!

    How about cheese, whats the best smoked cheese for a burger [​IMG]
  6. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    LOL....well my friend, that's another on of them preference things...[​IMG]

    I like all kinds of cheese, really like a smoked gouda with apple smoked bacon on a burger!  Or an extra-sharp white cheddar - but again - gotta have some bacon!!!

    Which wood is best for smoking the cheese - to continue a theme..[​IMG]

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