Smash Burgers

  • Recipe for two burgers, scale for your needs.
  • Cast iron frying pan is key (you want the patties to stick during cooking, it helps keep the patties from shriveling up).
  • Use a small pot to press patties in pan while cooking.


Hamburger Buns (Brioche recommended)
1 pound ground beef (80% lean recommended, any leaner will result in dry burgers)
1/4 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper (to taste)
2 slices American cheese
Tomato slices

2 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbs minced shallot
1 1/2 tsp chopped pickles + 1/2 tsp brine
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper

  1. Heat frying pan to medium-high.
  2. Add tsp of oil to pan (not too much).
  3. Add small ball of hamburger to pan, press aggressively with small sauce pan. The patty should be pressed thin and should stick to pan.
  4. Season patty with salt and pepper.
  5. Scrape patty from pan and flip.
  6. Remove from pan and place on side plate.
  7. Add cheese to resting patty.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7, stacking next patty on cheese for each burger (two patties per burger).
  9. Mix sauce ingredients and assemble burgers.


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