Saturday, May 25, 2024

Smash Burgers

 Smash Burgers!













I love burgers… usually any kind of burger…but when it comes to my favorite burger I will take this one, hands down.  Smash Burgers are a thin beef patties cooked over high heat that creates a caramelized, crispy crust. OMG.  Sounds simple, right?  It is simple but you have to learn the technique.  I love the textures and all the intense flavors. Do they things come from seasonings?  No.  Do they come from condiments?  No.   They come from the cooking technique and nothing else matches this delicious burger! 

 Smash Burgers

1 lb. ground chuck hamburger  80% fat and 20% lean

salt and pepper

4 slices cheddar cheese from the deli 

4 soft buns buttered and grilled

1 tablespoon butter


Make four loosely shaped balls out of your hamburger. One pound will make four burgers.  Do not use frozen meat… make sure your chuck is fresh.













Heat your skillet or griddle. You want your griddle hot, about 375 degrees.  Melt your butter until it is sizzling. Place the balls of meat onto a hot skillet or griddle over medium- high heat. Do not use non-stick skillets. You won’t get a crust on the burger. 








Add the meat balls to the skillet and immediately add pressure to them to flatten them out. The best way to do this is to lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the patty and use a spatula to press down hard  for about 10 seconds each until they are very flat and sizzling. Let the burgers cook for another 60-90 seconds until the juices start to bubble through the burgers. Flip the burger over and do the same on the other side. Season again with a pinch of salt and pepper and be sure and scrape under the burger to ensure you get all the crispy bits. 












Add cheese and cook for another few seconds.   Remove from skillet and lay on your grilled bun in the middle for a few seconds to toast.  Then lay a burger on each grilled bun.  Stack one burger on top of the other with cheese in the middle.  Top with bun.














Stack one burger on top of the other with cheese in the middle.  Top with bun.













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