Thursday, November 23

Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers are quite possibly the greatest burgers around!  You take seasoned ground beef and smash it onto a griddle.  You let the griddle caramelize one side of the burger and then flip, allowing a super tasty crust to form on the other side.  These burgers cook quickly, allowing for the finished product to be juicy and delicious!  These are hands down the best burgers ever.  I love Smash Burgers!

Smash Burgers

For Christmas I received a Blackstone Griddle.  Basically the perfect tool to make smash burgers.  If you don’t have a Blackstone griddle you are not out of luck.  You can use any griddle or even a cast iron pan.  As long as you can get it hot and you can use a spatula to scrape it up.  Since you have to scrape the burgers up, a non-stick griddle or pan will not work.  You can cook these in the house if you have a good exhaust fan, but I suggest that you do this outside on the grill or on a griddle.

Smash Burgers

I have tried various combinations of beef and I have found that 80/20 beef makes the best patties. Form the beef into 1/4 lb meatballs.  Dust the meatballs with some seasoned salt.  Make sure to coat the meatballs all the way around.  That way your smash burgers are seasoned perfectly.

1/4 lb meatballs

Preheat your griddle or cast iron pan to high heat.

Place on the griddle

Place the meatballs onto the preheated griddle.  Make sure to space them out by at least 4 inches.

smash the burgers

Using a large spatula or meat press, smash the burgers flat until they are about 1/4 inch thick.  I find that using a piece of parchment paper between the spatula or meat press allows the burgers to release freely.  The easier the meat releases the better crust you will get on the burger.

Perfectly smashed

Cook the burger for 1 minute or until you can see the juices starting to bubble up through the top of the burger.

Cook until the juices just start to bubble up

Using a stiff scraper or spatula, scrape up the burgers and flip.  You want to scrape hard so that you can keep the crust on the burger.  I prefer using a scraper as it allows you to get up every single speck of burger crust.

Scrape and flip

As soon as you flip the burger add a slice of cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted.

Add the cheese

Using a stiff scraper or spatula, scrape up the burgers and serve.

Perfectly cooked

These burgers have an unbelievable crust that encloses a super juicy burger.

Smash Burger

These things are freaking delicious!

Smash Burgers
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Recipe type: Burger
Cuisine: Grilling
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Serves: 4
 
The most unbelievable hamburger that you have ever tried!
Ingredients
SmashBurger
  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 tbs seasoned salt
  • 4 slices cheese (any type)
Suggested equipment
  • Griddle
  • Heavy duty spatula
  • Scraper
Instructions
  1. I have tried various combinations of beef and I have found that 80/20 beef makes the best patties. Form the beef into ¼ lb meatballs. Dust the meatballs with some seasoned salt. Make sure to coat the meatballs all the way around.
  2. Preheat your griddle or cast iron pan to high heat.
  3. Place the meatballs onto the preheated griddle. Make sure to space them out by at least 4 inches.
  4. Using a large spatula or meat press, smash the burgers flat until they are about ¼ inch thick. I find that using a piece of parchment paper between the spatula or meat press allows the burgers to release freely. The easier the meat releases the better crust you will get on the burger.
  5. Cook the burger for 1 minute or until you can see the juices starting to bubble up through the top of the burger.
  6. Using a stiff scraper or spatula, scrape up the burgers and flip. You want to scrape hard so that you can keep the crust on the burger. I prefer using a scraper as it allows you to get up every single speck of burger crust.
  7. As soon as you flip the burger add a slice of cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted.
  8. Using a stiff scraper or spatula, scrape up the burgers and serve.
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Rex

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

1 Comment

  1. I love our two Blackstone griddles! We have a 36″ and the small portable 17″ one and they both rock. Trevor loves smash burgers on the griddle.

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