Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers


4 burgers


  • Vegetable oil (for the pan)
  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 potato rolls, toasted
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, shredded iceberg lettuce and dill pickle slices, for serving


  1. Heat a cast-iron griddle or large heavy skillet over medium-high until very hot, about 2 minutes, then lightly brush with vegetable oil.

  2. Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions (do not form patties).

  3. 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).

  4. Season liberally with salt and cook, undisturbed, until outer edges are brown, about 2 minutes.

  5. 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.

  6. Serve patties on rolls with ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce and pickles.

* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.