Copycat Smashed Burgers


Top this burger any way you like, but be sure to season it generously and smash it down for juicy, delicious results.

Total Time:
20 mins
4 burgers


  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices American cheese

  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • Assorted toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup and/or mustard)


  1. Using a paper towel, lightly grease a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil. Heat skillet over medium heat.

  2. Meanwhile, gently form ground beef into 4 puck-shaped portions, about 2 inches tall. Generously season with salt and pepper.

  3. Increase heat to high until skillet begins to smoke. Place pucks in the skillet and firmly press with a stiff metal spatula until patties are about 1/2-inch thick and 4 1/2-inches in diameter.

  4. Cook about 2 minutes or until a deep brown crust is formed. Using the spatula, carefully but firmly scrape the burgers from the pan and flip. Continue cooking about 1 more minute or until desired doneness is reached. Top with cheese. Transfer burgers to buns and top with desired toppings.

    Copycat Smashed Burgers
    Matthew Clark
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