Smash Cheeseburgers


Smash Cheeseburgers


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80/20 lean
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. grated yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 dill pickles slices
  • 8 slices tomatoes


  1. Divide ground beef into 8 equal balls about the size of a ping-pong ball and refrigerate.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, grated onion, hot sauce and Worcestershire to create a special sauce; refrigerate.
  3. Using either a large cast iron griddle or 2 large cast iron pans heated to high, toast buns with butter; reserve to plates.
  4. Space beef balls on your hot cooking surface. Using a large metal spatula, smash each ball to 1/4-inch-thick patties. Using parchment helps avoid spatula sticking to beef.
  5. Season patties with 1 teaspoon of the special sauce per patty; salt and pepper. Sear 2-3 minutes or until some fat begins to bubble up in center of patty.
  6. Quickly flip and top four of the patties with a slice of cheese. Sear another minute and place a plain patty on top of a cheese patty; remove from the cooking surface.
  7. Build burgers with a smear of special sauce on the bottom bun followed by shredded lettuce, pickles, tomato, double burgers and top bun.


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