Smash Burgers


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 fat ratio is ideal)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 burger buns
  • Your favorite toppings: Sliced cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.


  1. Prep: Preheat your griddle to medium-high heat.
  2. Forming: Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions and loosely form into balls (don't overwork the meat).
  3. THE SMASH: Place a ball onto the hot griddle and immediately smash it down with a sturdy spatula to create a thin patty (about 1/4 inch thick). Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. The Sear: Cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes until a crust forms on the bottom. Flip and cook for another minute or until desired doneness is achieved.
  5. Melt Cheese: In the last 30 seconds of cooking, add cheese slices to the patties if desired.
  6. Assemble: Toast the buns on the griddle. Layer your patty, toppings, and condiments onto the buns.