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Smash burgers have taken the internet by storm, particularly Reddit, where their simplicity and incredible flavor have won over countless home cooks. This recipe will guide you through everything you need to know to create these juicy, crispy wonders in your own kitchen, no fancy equipment required.


Homemade smash burgers : r/FoodPorn
Homemade smash burgers : r/FoodPorn

80/20 ground beef (around 4-5 oz per burger)

  • High smoke point cooking oil (like canola or avocado oil)
  • Hamburger buns
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional toppings: Cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Meat: Divide your ground beef into equal portions, aiming for slightly larger than your hamburger bun. Gently form them into loose balls. Don’t overwork the meat, or you’ll end up with tough burgers. Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.

    2. Heat Up: Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. You want it hot enough to sizzle when the meat hits it.

    3. The Smash: This is where the magic happens! Place a burger patty in the hot skillet. Take a sturdy spatula and press down firmly on the patty, smashing it thin. Aim for a patty about 1/4 inch thick.

    4. Sear and Season: Resist the urge to move the burger around. Let it sear undisturbed for a good minute or two, until you see a nice brown crust forming. Season the top side of the patty with more salt and pepper.

    5. Cheese Time (Optional): If you’re adding cheese, now’s the time. Flip the patty carefully and add a slice of your favorite cheese. Let it cook for another 30 seconds to a minute, or until the cheese melts to your desired level of gooeyness.

    6. Toast the Buns: While the cheese is melting, butter your hamburger buns and toast them lightly in the pan alongside the burger (or in a separate pan if needed).

    7. Assemble and Devour: Once the burger is cooked through (internal temperature should reach 160°F for medium-rare), transfer it to the toasted bun. Pile on your favorite toppings and get ready to enjoy the most delicious burger you’ve ever made!

    Nutrition Facts (per burger, without toppings):

    Calories: 480

  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 420mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These are estimates only. The actual nutritional value will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    Smash burgers are a testament to the fact that simple recipes can be incredibly satisfying. With just a few high-quality ingredients and the right technique, you can create restaurant-worthy burgers at home. So fire up your cast iron skillet, unleash your inner burger artist, and get ready to experience a whole new level of burger bliss!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. What kind of ground beef should I use? – For the best smash burger experience, use 80/20 ground beef. This ratio provides a good balance of fat and lean meat, ensuring juicy burgers with a crispy crust.

    2. Can I use a different type of pan? – While a cast iron skillet is ideal for achieving that perfect sear, you can use a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan in a pinch.

    3. How do I know when my burger is cooked through? – The best way to check for doneness is by using a meat thermometer. Aim for an internal temperature of 160°F for medium-rare, 165°F for medium, and 170°F for well-done.

    4. What are some other topping ideas? – Get creative! The possibilities are endless. Here are a few ideas: caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, crispy bacon, fried egg, avocado slices, sriracha mayo, or BBQ sauce.

    5. Can I make these burgers ahead of time? – While you can pre-shape the patties and store them in the fridge for up to 24 hours, it’s best to cook them fresh for the ultimate smash burger experience. Pre-cooked patties tend to dry out when reheated.