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One of my favorite things to cook on the Blackstone Griddle is the Smashburger.

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So what is a Smashburger?

It's super-thin burger patties cooked on a griddle with lots of flavor from the browned bits that develop during cooking. Those bits form a delicious and flavorful crust with a wonderful texture.

So- why do they call it a smash burger? The name has been popularized from the restaurant chain called Smashburger, the name is derived from the method of pressing or smashing meat onto a hot griddle.

How Do I Cook A Smash Burger On The Blackstone Griddle?

There's no right or wrong way to cook a smash burger on the Blackstone griddle.

After cooking dozens of them, I have found the best method includes using parchment paper, a bacon press, and a sturdy metal spatula. These burger patties can also be cooked in a hot skillet like a cast-iron skillet.

Typically, I will make four burgers per pound of beef. But that's just what works best at my place.

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Kenji from Serious Eats uses about 2oz of beef per burger and double stacks them. This is quite a thin patty.

Although I appreciate and respect his method I often use a larger bun than he does and like the burger to still hang over the edge. To me, that extra meat is almost like a tiny appetizer before the main bite when eating the burger.

The Serious Eats method uses a combination of both ground chuck and brisket for their burgers. Brisket-chuck burgers are phenomenal, but that blend of meat isn't always easy for me to come by.

Believe it or not, one of the best places I have found brisket burgers consistently is from WalMart. These brisket burgers make a wonderful smash burger on the griddle but I find they need to sit about 30 seconds longer than normal on the griddle before smashing.

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Burger being smashed under parchment paper

If I'm not using a brisket burger blend, I use an 80:20, or even a 75:25 meat to fat ratio whenever possible.

Use freshly ground beef over previously frozen whenever you can to make the burgers even more delicious. Or if you're adventurous, why not try making turkey burgers.

How hot should the griddle be for cooking smash burgers?

Rumor has it that the griddle used at the popular burger chain known for these burgers cooks at a temperature of 385°F.

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What toppings go on the burger?

Burgers are a blank canvas.

I'm convinced the foundation of any delicious ground meat burger starts is a quality burger bun. I always slather a little butter or mayonnaise on the bun and cook it on the griddle until it turns slightly golden brown.

Toasted buns add an additional pop of flavor that's a bit salty and nutty. Toasting a burger bun also helps to keep the bun from being soggy if you add burger sauce or other condiments like ketchup, relish, or smash sauce.

Most enjoy at least some toppings on burgers and the most common would be lettuce, tomato, and onion.

I find that the thickness of the tomato and onion can actually change the flavor of the burger.

Slicing the tomato becomes very important. Too thick of a slice and the tomato adds more cold moisture than necessary which throws off the meat to topping ratio.

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The same can be said for the onions. If the onion slice is too thick, its flavor can be overwhelming. But if you get the slices to the correct thickness it actually complements the burger quite well and accentuates how delicious the dish is.

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To achieve the perfect thickness of onion and tomato slices, it's important to use a very sharp knife. I keep my favorite slicing knife sharp with the WorkSharp E2 using its automated sharpening cycle. If the knife needs a slight touch up I will use a ceramic honing rod and bring the edge back quickly. Beyond a sharp knife, some griddle accessories will make this cook more fun. Check out some of the best griddle accessories in this post.

For the tomato, I try and cut round slices slightly thinner than the thickness of a pencil. The onion gets sliced toabout half that thickness.

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What do you serve with one of these burgers?

If you're lucky enough to have the Blackstone Air Fryer Griddle Combo then there are so many options for making fries, tater tots, and onion rings.

I have shared my opinion about whether the Air Fryer Griddle Combo is really worth it after using it dozens of times.

Lately, I have been really enjoying making this spicy-sweet street corn with bacon and jalapeno as a delicious side dish for burgers.

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Homemade Smash Burger Recipe

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If you love burgers this Smashburger is a flavor bomb of beef intensified by cooking it on theBlackstone griddle.

Smash burgers are simple to make and you'll be reaching for a stack of napkins after your first bite!

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Preheating your griddle 10 mins

Equipment

  • Blackstone Griddle

  • Parchment paper squares

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  • Bacon press or burger press

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ground beef 80:20
  • 4 Burger buns
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Burger toppings

  • 1 leaf Lettuce
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 slice sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon relish

Instructions

  • Preheat your griddle to high heat for about 10 minutes

  • While your griddle preheats, loosely form the ground beef into 4 even-sized balls, about 4oz each

  • Combine the garlic salt and pepper

  • Spread the butter on your griddle and toast the cut side of the burger buns until golden brown

  • Put the buns to the side and keep warm

  • Place the balls of ground beef on the griddle about 8 inches apart from each other and allow them to cook for 2 minutes

  • Place a piece ofparchment paperon one of the burger balls and using abacon pressor sturdy spatula press the meat flat onto the griddle evenly to about ¼" thickness

  • Repeat for the other burgers

  • Season the burgers with the garlic salt and pepper mixture

  • When the burgers start sweating or releasing juices in the pressed side use a sturdy spatula to scrape underneath them and flip

  • Place a slice of American cheese on the cooked side of each of the burgers and cook for another 2 minutes or until the cheese has melted

  • Place the cooked burger on the bun and top with your favorite toppings

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 508kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 28gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1882mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 359IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 330mgIron: 4mg

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  1. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (9)Michael Krzywicki

    Only rookies need parchment paper. Instead of parchment let the BB urger cook on one side and get caramelized. Once caramelized flip over and smash. No parchment necessary

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (10)Paul Sidoriak

      I will consider that in a follow-up article for experts like yourself. Thanks-

      Reply

      (Video) BEGINNER SMASHBURGERS ON A GRIDDLE (2 Minutes Tutorial)
  2. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (11)Brad Metcalf

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    There is a restaurant in Mattoon Illinois by the name of "Burger King" that has been making them like this since the 1950's. It is not part of the Burger King chain and due to a Judicial ruling that chain cannot build a restaurant within 20Mi of Mattoon.

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (13)Paul Sidoriak

      I bet they are delicious Brad!

      Have you been or do you go there often?

      Reply

  3. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (16)Notamerican

    American cheese means weird inedible almost fluorescent yellow crap right?

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (17)Paul Sidoriak

      Yes! Or white...

      Reply

  4. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (18)Kayla DiMaggio

    Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (19)
    These smash burgers were so delicious! Total hit with the family!

    Reply

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    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (20)Paul Sidoriak

      Glad they worked out!

      Reply

  5. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (21)Nancy

    Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (22)
    We served these smash burgers on the weekend bbq party and everyone loved it! Kept asking for more

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (23)Paul Sidoriak

      I'm so glad they were enjoyed Nancy!

      Reply

  6. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (24)Jerika

    Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (25)
    Wow! can't wait to try this Smash Burgers! I'm so excited to taste its flavorful crust. Thanks!:)

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (26)Paul Sidoriak

      Enjoy-

      Reply

  7. Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (27)Phil H.

    I love smash burger and trying this recipe tonight. What is the purpose of the parchment paper?

    Reply

    • Smash Burger Recipe | How To Cook Smash Burgers On Griddle (28)Paul Sidoriak

      Hey Phil- It helps keep the ground meat from sticking to whatever you smash with.

      Reply

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FAQs

How do I make smash burgers on a griddle? ›

How to Make Smashburgers on a Griddle - YouTube

Can you make smash burgers on a pancake griddle? ›

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How hot should my griddle be for smash burgers? ›

Position your Baking Steel or Baking Steel Griddle on the stovetop or grill. Preheat on high heat for 10-15 minutes, looking for a surface temperature of 400-425 degrees F.

How long should you cook a Smashburger? ›

Cook without moving until a golden brown crust develops, about 1 1/2 minutes. Use the edge of the spatula to carefully scrape up and flip the patties one at a time, making sure to get all browned bits removed from the skillet. If using cheese, add now.

How long do you cook burgers on a griddle? ›

To cook a hamburger on a griddle, coat the surface with a healthy cooking oil. After preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, cook the meat for about 4 minutes on one side, and 3 minutes on the other side.

How do you keep smash burgers from shrinking? ›

< Quick tips to prevent shrinkage when cooking burgers:
  1. Choose leaner meats with no added water.
  2. Cook it slow, on a low temperature.
  3. If you're cooking burgers on the grill, don't close the lid. ...
  4. Form the patties wider than you'd like them to be, and create a small dimple in the center by pressing down with your fingers.
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How do you make smash burgers without a press? ›

But what if, for one reason or another, you don't have one? If you don't have a spatula, you can pre-smash your burgers instead. Place them between two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap on your cutting board and flatten them with the thick bottom of a heavy frying pan or pot.

How long do you cook burgers on a Blackstone griddle? ›

Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper. Cook the bacon and toast your buns. If your griddle is big enough, you can start the burgers after your bacon is about halfway cooked. Cook the burgers for about 4-5 minutes a side, or until they are at least 145° for medium-rare or 160° for medium.

How long after seasoning griddle can I cook? ›

How long does it take to season a Blackstone griddle? While it only takes about 15-30 minutes to apply a layer of oil to the Blackstone griddle, you'll want to coat it 2-3 times to get a good seasoning. Turn the burners to the maximum temperature and wait about 10 minutes so they get to full heat.

How big should a smash burger patty be? ›

The higher fat content helps ensure juiciness, and the chuck just tastes good. To make a smash burger, start with a ball of ground beef that is just larger than the size of a golf ball (about 2 ounces is just right).

How long do you cook burgers on a Blackstone griddle? ›

Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper. Cook the bacon and toast your buns. If your griddle is big enough, you can start the burgers after your bacon is about halfway cooked. Cook the burgers for about 4-5 minutes a side, or until they are at least 145° for medium-rare or 160° for medium.

How do you make hamburgers on a Blackstone griddle? ›

You will start by preheating your Blackstone Griddle and oil the griddle so the meat doesn't stick. Then roll the hamburger into balls and place in the refrigerator. Once the griddle is heated and oiled, then smash the burgers with a bacon press to flatten out the hamburger balls.

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