Burger Rub

Burger Rub

You could season a burger with something as simple as Salt & Pepper.  You could add in some garlic & onion.

Or you can go crazy with it.

It’s up to you and how you want your burgers to taste – but I’m telling you, adding a little of this burger rub to even a frozen burger completely changes the taste.

The Rub is Great for Smoking and Grilling Burgers

This seasoning rub does not contain any sugar so it works equally well at low and slow smoked burgers as it does for high heat smashburgers.  If the rub had sugar then it would scorch at high temps and make your smashburgers bitter.

Tips for Using the Rub

You can apply a binder to the surface of the burger to add a layer of flavor and help the rub adhere better.

I like to use a light coating of Worcestershire sauce to the burger but mustard or olive oil also work nicely.  I have heard of people sneaking a little Liquid Smoke into the binder as well for when they are grilling their burgers on a gas grill and want just a little more smoke flavor.

I apply the rub to my burgers about 20-30 minutes before I start grilling or smoking.  This gives the rub time to start dissolving into the meat before it starts cooking.

Here is the recipe of what I’ve been using recently and had great feedback on.  The celery salt and smoked paprika are “secret touches” that will elevate your burger.

Burger Rub

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dry Rub
Cuisine American


  • 1 tbs black pepper
  • 1/2 tbs sea salt
  • 1/2 tbs celery salt
  • 1/2 tbs granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl!

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