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Smash Burgers

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Burgers
How to make a smash burger: it’s not as tricky as you think! Get my restaurant copycat recipe for smash burgers and you’ll never go back to a thick patty.


  • 2 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • 16 slices American cheese
  • Butter
  • 4 brioche buns
  • Desired toppings and condiments, I recommend pickles!


  • Set a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Butter the brioche buns and press onto the skillet to brown them. Set aside.
  • Separate the ground beef into 8 equally sized portions and form into balls with your hand. Working in batches, place the ground beef balls onto the preheated skillet.
  • Press down hard with a spatula to flatten each ball. Once very flat (no thicker than 1/2 inch), season each patty with kosher salt. Scraggly edges are good - they'll get crispy!
  • Once charred on the bottom, flip and top each patty with 2 slices of American cheese. Cover if possible until cheese is melted. Remove to a plate and repeat with all ground beef balls.
  • Top each bun with two patties and your desired condiments.
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