This smash burger is a grill favorite

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Take smash burgers from the restaurant to the stovetop with this copycat recipe for the beloved burger. If a cheesy stack of flat beef patties sandwiched between layers of fresh ingredients and a delicious burger sauce is how you like your burger served, this homemade “smashed” burger recipe is destined to be a regular on your grill. For a recipe that takes burgers to new heights, try this homemade smash burger.


Smash Burger Patties

  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Pinch of garlic powder

  • 4 slices of American cheese

Burger Sauce


  • 4 potato buns

  • 2 tbsp softened, unsalted butter

  • 2 dill pickles, sliced

  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded

  • 1 large tomato, sliced

  • ½ red onion, sliced



Portion Beef Patties

  1. Divide the ground beef into 8 even portions, and loosely roll them into balls. Cover them and refrigerate while preparing the remaining ingredients.

Prep Sauce & Buns

  1. Combine the mayonnaise and mustard in a mixing bowl. Set aside half in a separate bowl, then refrigerate.

  2. Spread butter on the buns before toasting them in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown.

Cook The Patties

  1. Place 2-4 burger balls on a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then quickly press parchment paper firmly on the meat to form a thin patty.

  2. Discard the parchment paper and season the patties with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread on some mustard-mayo sauce, then cook for 2 minutes on each side until the patties are seared and juices bubble in the skillet.

  3. Scrape underneath the patties with a spatula facing down at a 45-degree angle to get beneath the caramelized parts, then flip. Cook for 1 more minute before topping half the patties with sliced cheese, then stack the other patties on top of the patties with cheese, forming a patties and cheese sandwich.

Assemble The Smash Burgers

  1. Spread a layer of the mustard-mayo sauce on the bottom of a bun. Then, top with sliced pickles, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and onions before adding a double-patty, mustard-mayo sauce, and closing it up with the top of the toasted bun.

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