My favorite part about any burger is the crispy edges. When I get the juice from the beef, the spice from the seasonings, and the smoky flavor from the Cowboy Charcoal all in one crispy edge bite, then I am in love! Nothing can beat that moment. So if you are like me, then this Charred BBQ Burger is just what you need in your life.


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Where do we start with this Charred BBQ Burger?


First off, you are going to make a juicy patty. The key to making flavorful patties is not over-forming the burger. No need to smash all of the ground beef together so hard that it is a rock. No, gently create the patty with minimal contact. Once that is done you are ready to season.


I like to add my seasoning on the top of the patties & not in the mix. This actually helps to keep the moisture inside the burger, as some seasonings & salts will draw the moisture out. We want a moist Charred BBQ Burger… I’m sure there is a better way to say that.



 Ready to throw back on the grill! Ready to throw back on the grill!


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Next, you will throw those patties over some hot all-natural Cowboy Charcoal. Grill your Charred BBQ Burger and add cheese.


Stack your burger with all the ingredients below, then slice it in half… (say what?!)


Yes, you are going to slice the burger in half while it has a wooden skewer in each half. This is where you will get all the crispy edges! That is why its called the Charred BBQ Burger! Add each half back to the grill, cut side down, and let it char up on that one side. Pull the burger off and devour!


All in all, this is a fun twist on a classic backyard burger. Not only do you get a great flavor in the food, but you can easily make it anywhere, in any grill and with great charcoal like Cowboy.


So try the Charred BBQ Burger and let me know what you think!


 On the grill! On the grill!  Lets eat this burger! Lets eat this burger!


charred bbq burger

Charred BBQ Burger

Sliced and serve an extra crispy burger with this Charred BBQ Burger recipe!
Author:Derek Wolf
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 lbs of ground beef 80/20
  • 4 burger buns
  • 8 pickle slices
  • 4 slices of American Cheese
  • 2 tbsp of Cowboy Smokehouse BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp of Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Mayo
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne Powder


  • Use some Cowboy Southern Style Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once Charcoal is white hot, form into one pile for direct grilling.
  • Form ground beef into 1/2 lb burger patties then season on the outside with smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne powder & sea salt.
  • Throw burger patties on to grill and let cook for 3-4 minutes per side. When close to finishing, add one slice of cheese to patty and let melt.
  • On bun, add mayo, 2 pickle slices, burger w/cheese, and top with some Cowboy Smokehouse BBQ Sauce. Put two wooden skewers into burger equal distance apart in the center of each half of the burger. Slice the burger in half.
  • Take each burger half and lay on the grill, cut side down, for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Pull off grill & enjoy!


Equipment: Cowboy Charcoal, Smokehouse BBQ Sauce, grill, fire starters, wooden skewers & a bread knife.

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Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!