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Planked Cheeseburgers Infused with Sauce

Cooking burgers over cedar planks creates amazing flavor, infusing every bite with smoky complexity. This is a fun and creative way to serve hamburgers at your next outdoor barbecue

Planked Cheeseburgers Infused with Sauce

Cooking burgers over cedar planks gives the meat amazing flavor and infuses every bite with subtle smoke.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Soaking1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American BBQ, BBQ, Grill, Grill Burgers, Planked Cheeseburgers, Summer Party
Servings: 4
Calories: 659kcal


  • Natural Gas Grill
  • Grill Stainless Steel Flipper
  • 12" Locking Tongs with Metal Head
  • Round Cutter Set
  • 9" Wire Whisk
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • 10" Serrated Knife
  • 10" Chef's Knife
  • 18 x 24-Inch Plastic Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups/Spoons Set
  • Half-Sheet Pan
  • Grilling Cedar Grilling Planks



  • cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. Sweet or dill pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp. Yellow mustard or Dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1 ½ lb. Ground chuck
  • 2 Cedar planks, soaked
  • 4 Slices sharp Cheddar
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split, brushed with olive oil, and grilled
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced red onions


  • Prepare grill for two-zone grilling, heating two center burners to low heat and two outer burners to medium-high heat to maintain a temperature of 450–500°.

The Sauce

  • Whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, and mustard; season with salt and pepper.

The Cheeseburgers

  • Shape chuck into four 6-oz. patties, slightly larger than the rolls, using a 5-inch biscuit cutter. Season patties with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange soaked planks on grill over outer burners until planks begin to smoke, 3–4 minutes. Flip planks and arrange over center burners.
  • Cook patties on planks, covered, until a thermometer inserted into centers registers 150–155°, about 10 minutes. Place Cheddar on patties and allow to melt, 2 minutes. Transfer cheeseburgers to a plate, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes. Serve cheeseburgers on rolls with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and sauce.


Per serving, Calories: 659

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories659
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 36g 56%
    • Saturated Fat 12g 60%
  • Cholesterol 126mg 42%
  • Sodium 1028mg 43%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Protein 46g 92%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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