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Smash Burger Recipe with Easy Sauce (VIDEO)

A homemade Smash Burger is quick and easy to make. These fly off the grill in minutes so it’s a great way to feed a crowd.

Smash burgers have the iconic flavor profile of classic Burgers, but that double burger patty with cheese melted in between is irresistible and you’ll love the special sauce.

Smash burger with cheese

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Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make restaurant-style Smash Burgers for your next cookout.

Smash Burger Video

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What is a Smash Burger?

Smash burgers are formed into balls of ground beef then pressed or smashed with a burger press into a thin patty as soon as they hit the grill. This creates extra browning and flavor on the outside while maintaining the patty’s juiciness.

We love burgers, from classic Juicy Burgers to Cheeseburger Sliders. Making your own patty from ground beef tastes so much better than flash-frozen or fast-food patties. These go down easier and you feel better after eating a fresh homemade burger because you control the quality of ingredients.

If you are a fan of Smash Burgers this homemade version is a must-try!

Center of a smash burger showing the layers

Ingredients for Smash Burgers

  • Ground Beef – We use 1.5 lbs of 80/20 beef to make 4 double-patty burgers, but you can easily scale the recipe up to feed a crowd (use 3 lbs for 8 double-patty burgers).
  • Sauce – A simple combination of mayo and yellow mustard is what we use to grill and assemble the burgers.
  • Cheese – we love thick-sliced medium cheddar cheese for burgers, but you can use American-style cheese or your favorite sliced cheese.
Ingredient for smash burgers

Burger Toppings

  • Buns – brioche buns taste great and have that steakhouse burger look, but any burger bun will work
  • Lettuce – thinly slice your iceberg lettuce for a restaurant-style smash burger
  • Pickles – sliced dill pickle chips are the best
  • Tomatoes – Select meaty and large-sized tomatoes for burgers and cut them into rings
  • Red onion – thinly sliced into rings
Burger toppings

How to Make Smash Burgers

  1. Prepare Patties – Divide 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef into 8 equal portions (3 oz each), cover, and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  2. Make Sauce – Stir together 1/3 cup mayo and 1 tsp mustard and set aside.
  3. Prep Toppings – fully prep your toppings ahead to assemble the burgers right away while the patties are hot and juicy off the grill.
  4. Toast buns – lightly butter the cut side of your buns and toast on a griddle or skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Transfer to a rack.
  5. Cook patties – increase to medium-high heat. Depending on your surface area, place 2 to 4 cold pieces of meat onto the hot surface. Working quickly, cover each piece with a sheet of parchment paper and smash each into a thin patty. Remove parchment paper, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, add a dab of sauce, and flip. Sear for 2 minutes on the first side and about a minute on the second side.
  6. Add cheese – place a slice of cheese onto half of the patties and top with a second patty and remove from heat. Serve warm over toasted buns with toppings.
how to make smash burgers step by step

When to Flip the Burger: We cook the patty on the first side for about 2 minutes. Flip once the bottom is browned and caramelized.

Common Questions

What is the best beef for burgers?

For a tasty and juicy burger, use ground beef that is 80/20, or 80% lean and 20% fat.

Can I skip the burger sauce?

You can skip the sauce step when grilling the patties if you prefer then add your favorite burger sauces when assembling the burger.

Can I Make this on the stovetop?

Smash burgers can be cooked in a very large cast-iron skillet, or on a griddle (indoor or outdoor). We love using our Camp Chef cooktop to cook several patties at once.

Why does the beef need to be cold?

Unlike a good steak which we like to bring to room temperature first, burger patties should be well chilled before they go onto the grill. It helps the fat stay in the meat and will result in a juicier burger.

What is the Best Smash Burger Press?

A flat press works best to get the patties very thin. This is our favorite Smash Burger Tool, but you can also push over the top of a spatula with a meat mallet to smash burgers. Also, pre-cut parchment paper makes the job easy, but you can cut your own pieces.

Smash burger press, spatula and parchment paper

Make-Ahead

To Refrigerate: Since smash burgers are best using chilled ground beef, you can portion and refrigerate ahead. Roll the ground beef into balls then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.

Meatballs made ahead for smash burgers

How to Assemble a Smash Burger

According to my husband Vadim, who used to work at a restaurant, this is the proper way to assemble a burger.

  1. Spread sauce on the bottom bun.
  2. Add 3 slices of pickle
  3. Top with a mound of lettuce
  4. Add tomatoes and onions if using
  5. Top with meat patties and cover with the top bun.
Step by step assembling a smash burger.

How to Wrap a Burger

If you really want to replicate a restaurant copycat burger, try this easy burger wrapping technique. It’s easy and similar to wrapping a gift.

  1. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a 10-12″ square and fold in half into a triangle. Place parchment halfway over the burger.
  2. Flip burger upside and tuck in the sides.
  3. Tuck the bottom flap under the burger.
How to wrap a burger

The wrappers are so fun and help contain drips and messes. The kids seem to appreciate the wrappers. Maybe it’s because it feels like eating out.

smash burger wrapped in parchment paper

Serve With:

These are our favorite cookout recipes to make with burgers.

Smash Burger Recipe with Easy Sauce

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Smash burger recipe served on a bun
It’s easy to make restaurant-style Smash Burgers at home. These cook quickly and it’s one of the tastiest ways to prepare a burger. You’ll love the double patty with melted cheese in between, and the sauce is a must-try!
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$14
Keyword: smash burger, smashburgers
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 730 kcal
Servings: 4 burgers

Ingredients

Smash Burger Patties:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 80/20, divided into 8 portions (3oz each)
  • Salt added to taste
  • Black Pepper added to taste
  • garlic powder optional, added to taste
  • 4 slices medium cheddar cheese we love thick-sliced

Burger Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard

Toppings:

  • 4 burger buns we used brioche buns
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced into thin rings
  • 2 Dill Pickles cut into 12 slices

Instructions

Portion Beef Patties:

  1. Divide beef into 8 even portions, about 3 oz each. Loosely Roll them into balls then cover and refrigerate while preparing remaining ingredients. The meat must be cold when it hits the grill.

Prep Toppings and Buns:

  1. Remove wilted leaves from lettuce to keep it crunchy then finely shred lettuce. Slice tomatoes, onions, and pickles.
  2. Butter and toast buns over medium heat until golden on the buttered side.

Cook the Patties:

  1. Increase griddle to medium/high heat. Place 2-4 burger balls onto hot griddle. Working quickly, place parchment paper over the meat and firmly smash straight down into a thin patty.
  2. Once patties are smashed, peel back and discard parchment papers and season patties with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add 1/2 teaspoon of burger sauce. Cook 2 minutes on the first side or until seared and juices start to come to the surface.
  3. Scrape under the burger with spatula facing down at a 45˚ angle to get under the caramelized part and flip. Cook another 1 minute. Top half of the patties with sliced cheese and cover cheese with the second patty. Repeat with remaining burgers and transfer them to a platter as they finish cooking.

Assemble Burgers:

  1. Place sauce on bottom of bun. Top with 3 pickle slices, shredded lettuce, 2 tomato slices and thin sliced onion. Add double patty and top with bun.
Nutrition Facts
Smash Burger Recipe with Easy Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 926mg40%
Potassium 720mg21%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 791IU16%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 335mg34%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Mario
    July 14, 2021

    No ketchup??????

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 14, 2021

      Hi Mario, we used a different mix of sauce and not ketchup.

      Reply

  • martha skala
    July 11, 2021

    Anyone done this with ground chicken??

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 11, 2021

      Hi Martha, I honestly haven’t tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • James
    July 9, 2021

    Tried this tonight, super easy, super quick and kids loved them

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 9, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • David Marcum
    July 7, 2021

    From the Mayophobe of all Mayophobes, I would likely use Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. I would have been willing to try the burger with the Mayo/Mustard that you put on the Burger when you put it on the grill, because Mayo totally changes its flavor when cooked, but you lost me when you smothered it on the bun with extra Mayo sauce!

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  • Lisa
    July 5, 2021

    Hello…. where is the link for the scale?

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  • James
    July 5, 2021

    Natasha, these burgers are legit! Made them for dinner last night and wow they were gone in no time flat. We’ll be having these on the menu for our next friends and family get together this coming weekend. Thanks and keep up the great work. So glad I found you and your website. Cheers!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      That’s just awesome! These are a must during the summer! I’m also so glad you discovered my blog! I hope you try many more recipes!

      Reply

  • Chris Duarte
    July 4, 2021

    Yummmmmm!!! We made these tonight for our 4th of July BBQ and it was a huge hit!! I followed the recipe exactly and everyone said it was the best burger!! My husband and son-in-law loved it so much they ate two!! Thank you so much Natasha for this incredible recipe!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      That is awesome review, Chris! I hope you and your family will love every recipe that you will try.

      Reply

  • Xenia
    July 4, 2021

    Great! Cant wait to try it! I just purchased the burger press, using your link. But we dont have a griddle. I see the brand you recommend. Can I just set that over the grates on my grill? If I want to make burgers for 6 people, do I need to buy a larger one? Or just make them in two batches? Wondering what size to make? But especially, can I just put that griddle over my grates on the grill? Thanks!

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    • Natasha
      July 5, 2021

      Hi Xenia, it won’t work over grates because it would go through the grates when you try to press it. It would work if you have a griddle on your stove or if you have a large cast iron skillet. You can also place a cast-iron skillet over your grill. Since the burgers cook so quickly, I would recommend making them in batches. We usually cook two servings (4 patties) at a time so we can smash them quickly.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    July 3, 2021

    Can Someone skip the cheese if they have a dairy allergy? Would they replace it with something else or just double stack the smashed burgers?

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    • Natasha
      July 5, 2021

      Hi Jessica, yes you can definitely make this without cheese for a simple double cheeseburger.

      Reply

  • Melissa
    July 2, 2021

    Made these tonight …so good! Thanks for all the great recipes

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2021

      You’re welcome, Melissa! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Beth
    July 2, 2021

    Oh wow! This burger looks and sounds so delicious! My family and I can’t wait to try this. Looks so juicy and very tasty.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2021

      I hope you love it, Beth! It is seriously SO GOOD!

      Reply

  • Valentina
    July 2, 2021

    This smash burger is truly AMAZING! The perfect burger for summertime.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2021

      What is summer without a delicious Smash Burger!

      Reply

  • Carol Leon
    July 2, 2021

    This smash burger looks wonderful and tasty. I cannot wait to try it. I am wondering what brand of griddle do you use on your grill. Many thanks. I love your blog and recipes.

    Reply

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