The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke

NAPA VALLEY BASIL-SMOKED BURGERS

  Date: June 18, 2007
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Attempt number nine from Build a Better Burger was all about basil. There is a basil pesto flavored mayonnaise, chopped basil in the sirloin patties, a basil garnish and basil leaves are added to the coals to add basil smoke flavor. The burgers were also flavored with white Zinfandel, onion, Italian bread-crumbs & sun dried tomatoes. The toppings were sliced tomato, onion and Monterey Jack cheese. The burgers had a great fresh flavor with many subtle nuances and will go into regular rotation.
Recipe Source:
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Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
Build a Better Burger: Napa Valley Basil - Smoked Burgers - Page 36
Grill:
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Kenmore Elite Gas Grill

Direct Grilled:

Using Kenmore Elite Gas Grill
Gear:
  • 19" Grill Spatula
  • SR 19" Locking Tongs