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Smashed Burger 1

Smashed Burger

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


Smashed Burger is a process of preparing hamburger patties by cooking loosely packed beef mince ball into a very hot skillet by pressing it flat with a spatula as it cooks causing a Maillard reaction.


  • 500 g chuck steak, brisket, boneless short rib or a mixture of any of the three, 30% fat, at room temperature
  • 4 Cheddar cheese slices
  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 3 leaves iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • mayonnaise
  • tomato ketchup
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Season the mince with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Divide it into four portions then form them into large balls.
  3. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, until it starts to smoke.  On batches place the ball into the skillet without oil then press it with a heavy spatula as it cooks for a minute, applying pressure all the time. Flip the burger then cook for another minute then continue to press with the spatula.
  4. Place a slice of cheddar on top, cover the skillet with a dome cover, remove from skillet then let it rest. Do it with the remaining patties.
  5. To assemble burgers, on each burger bun, apply one heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise, top it with shredded lettuce, then the rested burger patty and a smear of ketchup. Serve!