Cedar Plank Burger Recipe {Texas Style with Jalapenos!}

Planked Burger with Toppings

Cedar Plank Burger Recipe {Texas Style with Jalapenos!}

Cedar plank grilling is a great way to add a new twist to a classic hamburger.  It turns out that using a cedar plank to cook your burgers not only adds an extra layer of flavor, it actually makes the grilling process easier!

I recently grilled some cedar plank burgers that were pretty dang delicious.  Let me show you the technique!

Prepare the Cedar Plank

The first step to making these burgers is to get the cedar plank ready.

The plank I was using was about 1/4 inch thick and, since I was going to be using it directly over hot charcoal, I soaked it in water for an hour before use.

You want the bottom of the plank to scorch to release aromatics and smoke but you don’t want it to burn.  Soaking for an hour helps prevent the board from burning.

Start Grilling!

Light a full chimney of charcoal briquettes and spread them evenly across the charcoal grate on your Weber kettle.  Keep your top and bottom air vents completely open.

If you are using a gas grill then set your burners to High.

I started with two 1/2 pound hamburger patties and seasoned them with Montreal Steak Seasoning.  Salt and pepper would work just fine as wood just about any brisket rub that you might have lying around.

Place the burgers onto the soaked cedar plank and then place the plank directly over the charcoal.

Hamburgers on a Cedar Plank

Close the lid on the grill and let the charcoal and cedar work their magic!

Even though you are cooking over direct high heat the cedar plank insulates the meat and the burgers will take a while to cook.

For these burgers it took about 25 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 125F (which is NOT done) and start taking on some great color.

Planked Burger with Juices

Since the lid was off I took the opportunity to add some jalapenos and Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.  The combination of a smoky beef, the sharp bite of jalapenos and the sweetness of the sauce is just an amazing combination!

Toppings on the Burger

I put a couple slices of Swiss cheese on top of everything then closed the lid.

If you are not into jalapenos then don’t worry as there are about a hundred different topping you can put of these burgers.  Here are a few of my other favorite toppings:

  • Cooked Bacon
  • Sautéed Mushrooms
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Roasted Red Peppers

Let the burgers grill for another 10 minutes or so until they reach an internal temperature of 155F.

Planked Burger with Toppings and Swiss Cheese

Not only were these burgers delicious but they were also EASY to grill.

Because I cooked them on a cedar plank over a single layer of charcoal there were no flare ups from dripping grease.  This was a very relaxing “set it and forget it” cook.  If you would like another easy but great burger recipe then check out this recipe for Traeger Grilled Frozen Burgers.

Cedar Plank Grilled Hamburger

Cedar Plank Burger {Texas Style!}

Half pound burgers are grilled over high heat using a cedar plank to infuse the burgers with an additional layer of flavor.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1 cedar plank
  • 2 hamburgers
  • 2 tbsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese


  • Soak the cedar plank in water for one hour
  • Season the hamburger patties with Montreal Steak Seasoning (or burger seasoning of choice)
  • Set up your grill for direct high heat.
  • Place the burgers on the cedar plank and put the plank on the grill.
  • Grill for 20-25 minutes and start checking the internal temperature.
  • Add toppings and cheese as desired.
  • Grill until the internal temperature of the burgers is 155F (about 30 minutes total grilling time).


Keep a spray bottle of water on hand just in case the cedar plank starts to burn.  If the plank does start burning, use the spray bottle to douse the flames, lower the temperature of the grill and extend the cooking time by a few minutes.
Keyword Cedar Plank Burger

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