Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers

Here's our take on a classic burger, easily made on the grill, over a campfire, or indoors on the stove. Smash burgers provide an extra crispy sear. All you need is a good cast iron skillet or griddle. And of course, a smasher/grill press.

Feel free to use ground beef with a high fat content. You can easily flavor the mayonnaise with a bit of extra Dijon mustard, paprika, and chili sauce to your liking.

4 servings


500 g ground beef
1 large red onion, sliced
Butter (for burger buns)
4 burger buns (preferably brioche)
4 slices of cheddar cheese
Pickles and lettuce for serving
Mayonnaise (Optional, flavored with Dijon mustard, paprika, and chili sauce)
Oil for frying
Salt and pepper


Mix the mayonnaise with your favorite flavorings - for example, Dijon mustard, paprika, and/or chili sauce.

Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and shape into balls.

Preheat the griddle or skillet over medium/high heat for 3-5 minutes, and add a thin layer of cooking oil.

Once the griddle is hot, add the sliced onions for a couple of minutes until they take on color. Set them aside.

Place the four burgers (now shaped as balls) on the griddle and smash them with a lightly oiled smasher/grill press until they are completely flat. It's okay if they're not perfectly round. The edges will brown and develop a delicious sear. Cook for about 2 minutes and sprinkle with salt.

Flip the burgers and let them cook for another minute, then distribute the cheddar slices over them and let the burgers finish cooking for about 1 more minute while the cheese melts.

Now place the buttered brioche buns on the griddle and let them brown for about 1-2 minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

Your smash burgers are now ready! Spread the mayonnaise dressing on the buns and then add a piece of lettuce, the burgers, onions, and the pickles.

Enjoy your meal.

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