Cheesy Smash Burger

A close up of a smash burger topped with melted American cheese on a flat-top grill.

A Smash Burger is a ground beef patty that is smashed (squashed) after it’s placed on the grill. Not so pretty, but who needs pretty when something tastes so good? These burgers go great with a cold beer or soda pop and a handful of chips.

By smashing the burger on the cooking surface, you are creating more area for the Maillard reaction to take place. This browning creates even more flavor for your burger. Onions and barbecue rub are added for even more flavor.

These burgers are topped with onions, cheese, pickles, and ketchup. Change up the flavors by switching the type of cheese used, or pick and choose your favorite burger toppings.

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A finished smash burger with cheese and pickles in a bun is wrapped in a white napkin.
A Smash Burger is a ground beef patty that is smashed (squashed) after it’s placed on the grill.
A burger patty, topped with chopped onions, is being smashed on a flat-top grill.
Smashing the burger on the cooking surfaces intensifies the Maillard reaction.
A close up of a unsmashed burger patty with diced onions on a flat-top grill.
Diced onions and barbecue rub are added to the patties for additional flavor.
Six balls of ground beef sit on a work surface, waiting to be cooked.
Divide the ground beef into balls before smashing on the cooking surface.
A close up of a smash burger topped with melted American cheese on a flat-top grill.
Top the smash burgers with cheese and your favorite condiments before serving.

Cheesy Smash Burger Recipe

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A close up of a smash burger topped with melted American cheese on a flat-top grill.
A Smash Burger is a ground beef patty that is smashed (squashed) after it’s placed on the grill. Not so pretty, but who needs pretty when something tastes so good?
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Ready in 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseLunch
DifficultySeasoned
MethodFry
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite BBQ rub
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons chopped pickles
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup

Directions

  • Preheat a grill or griddle to medium-high heat.
  • Divide the ground beef into 4 balls.
  • Place the ground beef on the grill then squash (smash) flat. Sprinkle with the BBQ rub and the diced onions, and lightly smash again.
  • Let cook for 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the desired doneness is reached, 3 to 7 minutes more.
  • Top the burgers with the cheese and remove them from the heat.
  • Lightly toast the buns. Place a smashed burger on each bun and top with pickles, ketchup, and the bun top.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 28gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 896mgPotassium: 472mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 325mgIron: 4mg

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