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Here's a basic rundown on how to make a delicious smash burger:

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Ground beef (80/20 fat ratio is recommended for juiciness)

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Hamburger buns

Cheese (optional)

Your favorite burger toppings (e.g., lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles)


Prep the patties:

Gently form the ground beef into loose balls, around 2-3 ounces each. Don't overwork the meat, or it will become tough.

Season the balls lightly with salt and pepper.

Optional: For extra flavor, you can add a small indentation in the center of each ball with your thumb.

Preheat your pan:

Use a cast iron skillet or griddle over high heat. You want it very hot for that perfect sear.

Optional: Add a thin layer of neutral oil if your pan isn't well-seasoned.

Smash and sear:

Place the beef balls on the hot pan.

Immediately press down firmly with a metal spatula or a burger press to smash the patties thin.

Season the exposed surface generously with salt and pepper.

Cook the patties:

Leave the patties undisturbed for about 30-45 seconds, allowing them to sear and develop a nice crust.

Gently scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan as they add extra flavor to your burger.

Flip and cheese (optional):

Use your spatula to carefully flip the patties.

If using cheese, add a slice on top of each patty and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the cheese melts and the patties reach your desired doneness.

Assemble and enjoy:

Toast your buns if desired.

Build your burger with your favorite toppings and the juicy smashed patties.

Devour and enjoy!


Use cold ground beef for easier smashing and better browning.

Don't overcook the patties, as they are thin and cook quickly. Aim for a medium-rare internal temperature of 145°F for optimal juiciness.

Get creative with your toppings! There are endless possibilities to customize your burger.
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