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One smashburger with a double patty and mealted cheese. There is lettuce, purple onion, tomato, ketchup and mayo on the burger.
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How to Make a Smashburger

We love to make these incredible Smashburgers with crispy edges and decadent flavor. They are quick and delicious for dinner or a party!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 653kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 1 pound of fresh good quality ground beef I suggest about 12% fat
  • 4 soft rolls or buns I bake my own from Rhodes dough or use Hawaiian Rolls
  • butter if desired for toasted buns
  • 8 thin slices sharp cheddar American Cheese or your favorite burger cheese
  • Seasoning salt
  • Pepper
  • Favorite Condiments: Ketchup mayo, mustard, lettuce, onions, grilled onions/mushrooms, tomatoes, pickles
  • Foil
  • 1 smaller cast iron pan or skillet for smashing


  • These burgers should be immediately after cooking. I prepare all the condiments and then cook the burgers handing each out to a person right as it is done.
  • Use a kitchen scale to divide the meat into 2-ounce balls (a total of 8 balls).
  • Turn on the kitchen vent – thinks are going to get smoky!
  • Preheat a large skillet or sauté pan over high heat for 2 minutes. Your skillet should be big enough to hold two burger patties at a time. (At this time toast and butter the buns if desired.)
  • Place a ball of beef in the pan. Cover with foil and use small skillet to apply firm pressure to smash the beef patty as thin as you can get it. Quickly lift the foil reuse it to and smash a 2nd patty the same way.
  • Season liberally with seasoning salt and pepper. Cook about 45 seconds or until the top starts to turn pale pink / gray in spots.
  • Use a sturdy spatula to carefully scrape the burgers up (with all the crunchy brown bits!) and flip them.
  • Immediately place a slice of cheese over each patty. Cook a bit longer until the other side gets a bit of crunch. (You can use a lid to help melt the cheese if desired.)
  • As soon as the burgers are done to your liking (from rare to medium-rare) transfer to buns and serve right away.
  • Continue cooking the burgers until you have cooked all the meat.


Calories: 653kcal