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Smash Burgers Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 567kcal
These Smash Burgers are destined to be your favorite burgers! Crispy edges and a juicy middle, these skillet patties really hit the spot and are easy to whip up. Housed between two potato buns that soak up the juice, this is the ultimate bite!
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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 potato burger buns
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 pound ground beef blend of 1/3 ground chuck 1/3 ground sirloin and 1/3 ground round (1 pound ground chuck works well, too.)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • Favorite toppings and condiments


  • Brush a 12-inch cast iron or stainless steel skillet with oil and set it over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. While the skillet heats, form ¼ pound beef into very loose 2-inch thick patties. The meat should barely hold its shape. Generously season one side of the patty with salt & pepper.
    1 pound ground beef blend of 1/3 ground chuck, Kosher salt, Freshly ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon canola oil
    how to make smash burgers
  • Butter the inside on the buns and place (buttered-side down) on the hot skillet. Cook just until the buns are nicely toasted (watch closely). Set the buns aside.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 4 potato burger buns
    how to make smash burgers
  • Increase the heat under the skillet to medium-high and heat the skillet an additional 1 minute.
  • Set two patties, seasoned-side down, on opposite sides in the skillet and firmly press down on them until they are about 4-4½-inches wide and ½-inch thick. Season the top-side of the burgers with salt & pepper.
    how to make smash burgers
  • Cook the patties, undisturbed, until the outer edges are dark caramel brown.
  • Flip the burgers and cook 1 minute. Add cheese and cook until desired doneness, about 1 more minute for medium-well. (If you like a medium-rare burger, add the cheese right after flipping the burger and cook just 1 minute.)
    4 slices American cheese
    how to make smash burgers
  • Set the cooked burgers, cheese side up, on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat the cooking process with the remaining burger patties.
  • Place the burgers on the buns and add your favorite condiments and toppings.
    Favorite toppings and condiments
  • Enjoy!



  • Stick with american cheese, it melts better than cheddar!
  • You don't want your patties to be too compacted or they won't crisp up.
  • Potato or brioche buns work great for these burgers, soaking up an excess juice and added a hint of sweetness to each bite. 
  • Serve with shoestring fries!


Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 373IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 4mg