Ground beef (preferably 80/20 mix for the best flavor and juiciness)
Salt and pepper
Cheese slices (American cheese works well)
Toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, etc.)
A heavy-duty spatula
A griddle or cast-iron skillet
Don't forget to add your special sauce! The unique flavor of your sauce is what will set your Smash Burger apart from any other. Whether it’s a secret family recipe or a creative concoction of your own, adding your special sauce is essential to ensure your Smash Burger tastes just right. Enjoy your delicious creation!
Preheat Your Cooking Surface: Heat your griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Form the Patties: While the griddle is heating, form the ground beef into loosely packed balls, about 2 to 3 ounces each.
Smash the Burgers: Once the griddle is hot, place the beef balls on the griddle. Immediately smash them flat with the heavy spatula to about 1/4 inch thickness. The key is to do this quickly so that the juice doesn’t escape.
Season: Season with salt and pepper.
Cook: Cook the patties for about 2-3 minutes until the edges are brown and crispy. Flip the burgers and cook for another minute.
Add Cheese: Place a slice of cheese on each patty and let it melt.
Prepare the Buns: While the burgers are cooking, toast the buns on the griddle.
Assemble: Place the cooked patties on the buns and add your desired toppings.