Aussie Smash Burger

A flat top grill with two balls of ground beef, one being squashed flat with a large BBQ spatula.

Instead of a large burger languishing on the grill, the idea of a smash burger is to place the patty on the grill and then “smash” it as it cooks, resulting in a crisp exterior. Cooked on a flat top grill these Aussie smash burgers take full advantage of the space with multiple fried elements. You can cook up the burger, bacon, eggs, and buns all at the same time.

In addition to the smash burger itself, this ultimate sandwich also has fried eggs, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and condiments. The Australian-influenced salad toppings include beetroot, also known in some places as pickled beets. If you’ve never had pickled beet on your burger, we suggest you give it a try – it adds an earthy, sweet, and tangy element. 

It is common in Australia to cook the onion separately from the patty. It is often grilled until deeply caramelized, then added to the burger as a topping. In this recipe, the onion is cooked with the smash burger patty to save time and space.

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Looking at two sides of a burger: the left is the hot elements including the burger, bacon, and fried egg. The right side is the salad elements including the lettuce, tomato, and beetroot.
This recipe has two sides of the buns assembled then folded together to make the burger. Alternatively, the burger can be built up from the base.
A fully loaded flat top grill with lines of smash burger patties, bacon, eggs, and hamburger buns.
All the key toppings of the Aussie burger including the smash burger patties, bacon, fried eggs, and toasted buns can be cooked on a flat top grill.
A fully cooked Aussie smash burger is on a camp plate with a yellow egg yolk oozing out.
Along with the smash burger, bacon, and fried egg, the typical Australian toppings include lettuce, tomato, and pickled beets.
A flat top grill with recently added and pressed smash burgers with the onions already added to the top.
The actual burger patty is easy to cook with a simple ground beef base with onions, salt, and pepper.
A flat top grill with the focus on a smash burger with bacon, eggs, and buns in the background.
When the smash burger patty is almost cooked the bacon, eggs, and buns can be added to the flat top grill.
A flat top grill with two balls of ground beef, one being squashed flat with a large BBQ spatula.
The simple balls of ground beef are crushed flat to form a flat burger patty, resulting in a crispy exterior.

Aussie Smash Burger Recipe

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A flat top grill with two balls of ground beef, one being squashed flat with a large BBQ spatula.
Cooked on a flat top grill these Aussie Smash Burgers take full advantage of the space with multiple fried elements.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseLunch
InfluenceAustralian
DifficultySeasoned
MethodFry
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Ingredients

Smash Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef (beef mince)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

To serve

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • mayonnaise
  • lettuce
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1 can pickled beets beetroot
  • ketchup (tomato sauce)

Equipment

  • flat top grill
  • large grilling spatula

Directions

Smash Burger

  • Preheat the flat top grill to medium heat.
  • Break the beef into four pieces then form them into balls. 
  • Place the balls on the preheated flat top grill and flatten with the spatula. Sprinkle the top with the diced onions, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook until browned then turn and cook on the other side until your desired doneness.

To Serve

  • Add to the flat top grill the bacon and eggs; cook until your desired doneness. Lightly toast the hamburger buns.
  • For each burger layout the toasted buns on a work surface. On the top half add the mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, and a few slices of pickled beets. On the top half add the ketchup, smash burger, bacon, and fried egg. Close both sides together to complete the burger.
    Tip: If using a soft yolked egg, break the yolk before assembling otherwise it can burst while biting and become quite messy.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 647mgCalcium: 140mgVitamin C: 10mgVitamin A: 512IUSugar: 9gFiber: 3gPotassium: 643mgCholesterol: 246mgCalories: 528kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 31gProtein: 30gCarbohydrates: 31gIron: 6mg

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