Smash Burger Recipe


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The key to the perfect burger is a “Smash Burger”. This is how Shake Shack and In-N-Out prepare their burgers and I am convinced this is why they taste so good! After making both the Shack Shack Sauce and the In-N-Out Burger Sauce I knew the next step was conquering the smash burger. Flattening each patty gets you the perfect sear. It was as delicious as I imagined!

Yields: 4 Burgers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Martin’s Potato Buns (bonus points if they are seeded!)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Your favorite sauce: Shack Shack Sauce or In-N-Out Burger Sauce.
  • 4 pieces green-leaf lettuce
  • Eight ¼-inch slices plum tomatoes
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground chuck beef, formed into 4oz balls
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices American cheese

What You Will Need

  • Flat Top on stove or large cast iron skillet
  • 2 Sturdy Metal Spatulas
  • Brush to butter the rolls before toasting
Smash Burger

Let’s Take It Step by Step

1. Heat a Flat Top or large cast-iron skillet over low/medium heat. Open the Potato Bun and brush both sizes liberally with melted butter to ensure extra toasted buns! This should only take around 2 minutes. Transfer toasted buns to a plate and spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce on each top bun (optional), along with a piece of lettuce and 2 slices of tomato (also optional).

2. Increase the heat to medium and let the pan heat up for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Place the balls of beef onto the flat top or cast-iron skillet, leaving plenty of room between them. Using a large, sturdy metal spatula, firmly smash each ball into a ⅓-inch-thick round patty and sprinkle the top with salt and pepper (use an additional spatula to make sure they are pushed down thin, putting extra pressure). Cook the burgers without touching them until the edges are brown and crisp, 2½ minutes, then flip them. Place a slice of American cheese on each burger and continue to cook until medium, which takes about a minute or so.

4. Transfer a cheeseburger to each bottom bun, then sandwich with the top bun and lettuce and tomato (optional), and serve.

Variations and Options

*none – love the way this recipe comes out
*Make sure you use one of the delicious sauces on the bun to enhance the flavor 😉

What We Suggest Pairing it With

Helpful Hints

*To get an even smash, make sure you press down on each patty with a sturdy metal spatula while using another stiff spatula to press on the first for double the pressure.
*Make sure to toast and prep your buns first so you are not scrambling to assemble the burger once they are done.

Smash Burger Recipe

Smash Burger Recipe

The key to the perfect burger is a “Smash Burger”. This is how Shake Shack and In-N-Out prepare their burgers and I am convinced this is why they taste so good! After making both the Shack Shack Sauce and the In-N-Out Burger Sauce, I knew the next step was conquering the smash burger. Flattening each patty gets you the perfect sear. It was as delicious as I imagined!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Equipment

  • Flat Top on stove or large cast iron skillet
  • 2 Sturdy Metal Spatulas
  • Brush to butter the rolls before toasting

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Martin’s Potato Buns (bonus points if they are seeded!)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • Your favorite sauce ShackSauce or In-N-Out Burger Sauce
  • 4 pieces green-leaf lettuce
  • 8 ¼-inch slices plum tomatoes
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground chuck beef formed into 4oz balls
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices American cheese

Instructions
 

  • Heat a Flat Top or large cast-iron skillet over low/medium heat. Open the Potato Bun and brush both sizes liberally with melted butter to ensure extra toasted buns! This should only take around 2 minutes. Transfer toasted buns to a plate and spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce on each top bun (optional), along with a piece of lettuce and 2 slices of tomato (also optional).
  • Increase the heat to medium and let the pan heat up for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place the balls of beef onto the flat top or cast-iron skillet, leaving plenty of room between them. Using a large, sturdy metal spatula, firmly smash each ball into a ⅓-inch-thick round patty and sprinkle the top with salt and pepper (use an additional spatula to make sure they are pushed down thin, putting extra pressure). Cook the burgers without touching them until the edges are brown and crisp, 2½ minutes, then flip them. Place a slice of American cheese on each burger and continue to cook until medium, which takes about a minute or so.
  • Transfer a cheeseburger to each bottom bun, then sandwich with the top bun and lettuce and tomato (optional), and serve.

Notes

Variations and Options

  • None – love the way this recipe comes out
  • Make sure you use one of the delicious sauces on the bun to enhance the flavor 😉

What We Suggest Pairing it With

  • French Fries
  • Hot Dogs
  • Salads
  • Shack Sauce
  • In-N-Out Sauce

Helpful Hints

  • To get an even smash, make sure you press down on each patty with a sturdy metal spatula while using another stiff spatula to press on the first for double the pressure.
  • Make sure to toast and prep your buns first so you are not scrambling to assemble the burger once they are done.

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