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Homemade Smash Burgers: Satisfy Your Cravings in Minutes

Smash Burgers are an irresistible combination of juicy beef patties, crispy edges, and mouthwatering flavors.

June 29, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Pickles, lettuce, and tomato for serving
  • Condiments of your choice (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.)


  1. Preheat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat.
  2. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and form into loose balls. Do not pack them too tightly.
  3. Place the balls of beef onto the hot skillet and smash them down using a spatula until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Season the patties generously with salt and pepper. Let them cook undisturbed until the bottoms form a brown crust, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Flip the patties and immediately place a slice of cheese on top of each one. Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted.
  6. While the patties are cooking, toast the hamburger buns on the skillet or in a toaster until golden brown.
  7. Assemble the burgers by placing a patty on each bun, followed by the chopped onions, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and your preferred condiments.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade Smash Burgers!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Smash Burgers
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.4 g18.5%
Cholesterol 118 mg39.3%
Sodium 582 mg25.3%
Protein 42.6 g85.2%
Potassium 558 mg11.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) 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.


  • Choose the right meat. Opt for ground beef with a higher fat content, such as 80/20 (80% lean meat and 20% fat). The fat adds flavor and juiciness to the burgers.
  • Preheat the cooking surface. Ensure your griddle, cast iron skillet, or heavy-bottomed pan is thoroughly preheated over medium-high to high heat. This allows for a good sear and caramelization.
  • Keep the patties small. Divide the ground beef into smaller portions, typically around 4 to 6 ounces each. Smaller patties are easier to handle and cook more evenly.
  • Use a spatula or flat object. When smashing the patties, use a spatula or a sturdy flat object to press them firmly onto the hot cooking surface. This helps create the thin and crispy edges.
  • Don't overcrowd the cooking surface. Make sure you leave enough space between the patties to prevent them from steaming. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Once you've smashed the patties, let them cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side to develop a nice crust. Avoid pressing down on the patties during cooking to retain their juiciness.
  • Add cheese for extra flavor. If desired, place a slice of cheese on top of each patty during the last minute of cooking to allow it to melt.
  • Toast the buns. Lightly toast the hamburger buns on the grill or in a separate skillet to add a bit of crispness and prevent them from becoming soggy.
  • Customize your toppings. From classic options like lettuce, tomato, and onion to more adventurous choices like bacon, avocado, or special sauces, customize your Smash Cheeseburgers to suit your taste preferences.
  • Serve immediately.Once assembled, serve the burgers immediately to enjoy them at their best, with all the flavors and textures intact.
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There's something incredibly satisfying about a well-made burger, and our Smash Burgers are no exception. Smash Burgers are bringing a deliciously crispy twist to the world of patties. This recipe takes the humble burger to new heights with its unique cooking method that ensures a juicy, flavorful patty every time. Whether you're a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is straightforward and easy to follow.This recipe is quick, easy, and sure to impress your family and friends. So, let's dive in and start cooking!

What Is A Smashburger?

What makes a hamburger a Smashburger? A Smashburger (or smashed burger) is a burger, that is smashed or pressed onto a griddle, which is typically preheated. This method of cooking creates a deliciously caramelized crust on the burger. The burger is then topped with cheese and other toppings as desired.

The Smash Burger is a popular style of burger that's known for its thin, crispy crust and juicy interior. It's called a "smash" burger because of the technique used to cook it: the ground beef is formed into a ball, placed on a hot griddle or skillet, and then smashed down firmly to create a thin, flat patty. This method greatly increases the contact points between the meat and the griddle, which in turn increases the Maillard reaction, the chemical reactions that create the rich brown crust that makes our steaks and burgers taste so good.

What Is The Difference Between A Smashburger and A Hamburger?

The main difference between a Smashburger and a regular hamburger is the cooking method. While a regular hamburger is formed into a patty and then cooked, a Smashburger starts as a ball of ground beef that is smashed onto a hot griddle, creating a thin patty with a caramelized crust.

What Is An OG Smashburger?

An OG Smashburger refers to the original style of Smashburger. It's typically a thin beef patty that's been smashed onto a hot griddle, creating a crispy, caramelized crust. It's then topped with cheese and other toppings as desired.

Why Is It Called A Smashburger?

It's called a Smashburger because of the cooking method used. The ground beef is literally smashed onto a hot griddle, creating a thin patty with a deliciously caramelized crust. This method of cooking is what gives the Smashburger its unique flavor and texture.

How To Make a Smash Burger?

In terms of making your own Smash Burgers at home, the key is to use high-quality ground beef with a decent amount of fat. This will ensure a juicy and flavorful burger. Also, make sure your pan or griddle is very hot before you add the beef. This will help to create that signature caramelized crust. And remember, when it comes to smashing your burger, only do it once right after you place the beef on the pan. Smashing it multiple times will cause the juices to escape, resulting in a dry burger.

Here are tips to make best smash cheeseburger at home:

  • Use ground beef with a higher fat content. This adds juiciness and flavor to the burgers.
  • Preheat the cooking surface. Use a flat griddle, cast iron skillet, or heavy-bottomed pan and preheat it over medium-high to high heat. A hot surface helps create a delicious crust.
  • Form small, loose patties. Divide the ground beef into small portions, around 4 to 6 ounces each. Gently shape them into loose balls without over-packing or excessive handling.
  • Season the patties sparingly. Lightly season both sides of each beef ball with salt and pepper. Smash Burgers focus on the natural flavors of the beef, so avoid using too many seasonings.
  • Smash with a spatula. Place a beef ball onto the hot cooking surface and use a spatula or a sturdy flat object to press it down firmly. Flatten it until it reaches the desired thickness, typically around 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The goal is to create a thin patty with crispy edges.
  • Allow for proper searing. Let the patties cook undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes to develop a flavorful crust. Avoid pressing down on the patties, as this will release the juices.
  • Flip and add cheese (optional). Carefully flip the patties using a spatula. If desired, add a slice of cheese on top of each patty to melt while the second side cooks.
  • Continue cooking the second side for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the burger reaches your preferred level of doneness. Do not press down on the patty.
  • Toast the buns. While the patties are cooking, lightly toast the hamburger buns on the grill or in a separate skillet. This adds a nice crunch to your burger.
  • Customize and assemble. Once the patties are cooked, remove them from the heat. Add your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and condiments like ketchup or mayo. Assemble the burger by placing the patties on the toasted buns and serve immediately.

So, whether you're a fan of gourmet burgers or prefer a classic drive-in style burger, the Smash Burger is a delicious and easy-to-make option that is sure to satisfy your burger cravings.

What To Serve with Smash Burger?

Smash Burgers can be served with side dishes to complete your meal. You can serve these burgers with french potato fries. It goes well with grilled vegetables or salad. Serve them with sauce such as ketchup, mustard, mayo, or special burger sauces, to further enhance the taste. With these delicious sides, your Smash Burger experience will be complete, offering a satisfying and well-rounded meal.

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History of Smash Burger

The Smash Burger is a popular American style of burger that is known for its thin, crispy edges and juicy center. The name "Smash Burger" comes from the technique used to cook the burger. A ball of ground beef is placed on a hot griddle or frying pan and then smashed down with a spatula to create a thin patty. This method allows for maximum surface area contact with the pan, resulting in a deliciously caramelized crust.

The origin of the Smash Burger can be traced back to the fast food drive-in restaurants of the mid-20th century in the United States. These establishments were looking for a way to cook burgers quickly and efficiently, while still maintaining a great flavor. The solution was to smash the burgers on a hot griddle, which cooked the meat quickly and created a tasty crust.

The Smash Burger has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with restaurants and fast food chains across the country adding their own versions to their menus. The appeal of the Smash Burger lies in its simplicity and the contrast of textures between the crispy crust and the juicy interior. It's a testament to the fact that sometimes, the simplest methods can produce the most delicious results.

The Smash Burger has become a staple in fast-casual dining, with restaurants like Shake Shack perfecting the technique. The key to a great Smash Burger is using high-quality, high-fat beef, and cooking it on an ungreased surface to maximize contact points for browning. The patties are cooked almost entirely on one side to develop a massive crust, and once flipped, they're topped with cheese and served immediately to maintain their juicy interior.

In conclusion, the Smash Burger is a testament to the power of technique in cooking. By understanding the science behind the Maillard reaction and using a simple method to maximize it, you can create a burger that's packed with flavor and has a satisfying contrast of textures. It's a perfect example of how a little bit of knowledge can transform a simple dish into something extraordinary.

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