Make restaurant-quality smash burgers at home! Using meat with a higher fat content, such as ground chuck, ensures juicy, flavorful burgers every time.
Makes 4 burgers
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Vegetable oil (for the pan)
1 pound 80% lean ground beef
4 slices American cheese
4 potato rolls, toasted
Ketchup, mayonnaise, shredded iceberg lettuce and dill pickle slices, for serving
- Heat a cast-iron griddle or large heavy skillet over medium-high until very hot, about 2 minutes, then lightly brush with vegetable oil.
- Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions (do not form patties).
- Working in batches if needed, place portions on griddle and smash flat with a spatula to form 4-inch diameter patties (craggy edges are your friend).
- Season liberally with salt and cook, undisturbed, until outer edges are brown, about 2 minutes.
- Flip patties, season with salt, and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Cook until cheese droops and burgers are medium-rare, about 1 minute.
- Serve patties on rolls with ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce and pickles.
Recipe source: Bon Appétit