When you’re in the mood for the BEST burger in the world, only one will do: a Blackstone Smash Burger. These beef burgers are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat, and with just a few ingredients in the patties, these burgers are all about how you top them.
Ready for an easy but oh-so-delicious burger? Let’s get smashing! Fire up your Blackstone griddle, call some friends, and start the party with this easy smash burger recipe.
The beauty of this recipe is that just about all of it can be prepped ahead of time, so that when it’s time to dig in, you can just cook them and serve them.
I’ll give you lots of tips on how to make these delicious homemade smash burgers, and how to get them ready ahead of time so that you can enjoy the party or your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
Other burgers that you might like are my Onion Swiss pretzel bun burger and my mushroom Swiss smash burger. All three of these smash burger popular recipes are put together to make a show stopping burger tower.
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What’s a Smash Burger?
Made popular by a fast-food chain, smash burgers are literally burgers that are smashed flat on the griddle. The result is a thinner burger, but the crispy edges and caramelized ground beef are packed with flavor.
They’re so good, they’re addictive! They’re also super-easy to make, and they cook quickly. You can load your outdoor griddle flat top with a whole bunch of these smash burgers and cook enough for the whole gang all at once.
How to Make Smash Burgers on the Blackstone Griddle
Pre-heat your Blackstone Griddle on medium heat.
Place the ground chuck hamburger balls on the hot flat top griddle.
Cover the hamburger meat ball with a piece of parchment paper and use your griddle spatula or hamburger press to flatten each ball into a very thin patty. Peel away the parchment paper and repeat until they’re all flat.
Smashing burgers is fun, but they can’t be too thin, or they’ll fall apart. Let them cook. This cooking process takes practice so don’t get discouraged if they do not turn out the first time you make them.
Season the patties with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning such as garlic salt.
While cooking, spread a little butter on the buns and put the buttered buns side down on the hot griddle to toast (and maybe to even soak up some of that delicious beef fat.) Toasted buns will take your Blackstone griddle smash burgers to the next level.
Cook each Blackstone Griddle smash burgers patty until they’re crispy and golden brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for another 2 minutes.
Smash burgers cook very quickly so don’t walk away from the Blackstone smash burgers. Desired doneness is a personal preference.
Top each patty with a slice of American cheese – if you want a mini cheeseburger smash burger.
Next comes the fun part: load those Blackstone smash burgers with all your favorite toppings! Don’t just stick to ketchup and mustard; see all my ideas below!
How to Top Smash Burgers
Let your imagination run wild and put out all your favorite toppings. Or, keep it simple – it’s up to you! Here are a few of my favorites:
- Crispy bacon – cooked on the Blackstone griddle with a bacon press.
- Griddle grilled onions – pop a bunch of onions on the Blackstone outdoor grill along with the burgers.
- Fried mushrooms – they can cook on the outdoor griddle, too.
- Pickled jalapenos
- Different cheese – American cheese, cheddar, jack, pepper jack, gouda – try your favorites!
How to Make a Burger Bar
Got friends or family coming over and want to impress them with a burger bar? Here’s how!
- On a large table or counter, set up bowls or plates with various toppings and condiments.
- Include various hamburger buns to top the burgers – brioche, pretzel, ciabatta, and crusty rolls are all great options.
- Cook the homemade smash burgers, and as they are ready, hand them to guests to top however they like!
- Be sure to have lots of napkins around!
How to Prepare This Smash Burger Recipe Ahead of Time
One of the things I love best about this recipe is that I can do most of the work ahead of time. Then, I just need to cook them, and my family and friends can hang out in the back with me as I cook them on the griddle.
Make the burger balls. You can gently form the balls of burger meat ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
Prepare the toppings. Slice the tomatoes, cut the onion, wash the lettuce – you can do this all even the day before! Keep the toppings in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
Cut the buns. Pre-cut buns are a lifesaver, but they don’t all come this way! Cut – and even butter – the buns with melted butter ahead of time to save yourself a bit of time later.
This easy smash burger recipe isn’t limited to just regular burgers. Here are some other fun ideas for your burgers:
- Make an impressive burger tower.
- Make keto smash burgers and serve them in lettuce wraps.
- Turn the burgers into melts – serve them bunless but topped with fried onions, fried mushrooms, and lots of cheese.
- Chop up the cooked patties and throw them into an omelet or onto a salad.
What To Serve With Smash Burgers
How to Store Smash Burgers
You can keep your fully cooked smash burger patties in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 6 days. Or wrap them tightly in foil and then in a freezer-safe bag and pop them into the freezer for up to 3 months.
Blackstone Smash Burger – Frequently Asked Questions
Ready for some science? When the fatty patty is smashed thin on the hot Blackstone, a chemical reaction takes place. Called the Maillard reaction, this creates a crispy crust and oodles of flavor compounds. It’s those complex flavors from the caramelized meat and fat that make these so delicious.
Cooking them at too high a temperature can cause the edges to cook faster than the middle, causing your burger to curl up. There can also be some shrinkage as the fat cooks out of the meat. To avoid this, keep your griddle at medium-high. Hot enough to get the crispy crust, but not too hot to warp your burgers.
Ground beef has moisture and fat in them. The fat will cook out of the burgers, and so will the moisture. This will cause your burgers to shrink. Smashed burgers tend to shrink less because they’re so thin.
Prepare your patties in a cast iron skillet or cast iron pan for similar results. Just make sure to have a hot skillet so that you get a good sear which adds so much flavor.
Blackstone Smash Burger Recipe
Get the full recipe and nutrition calories below.
When you’re in the mood for the BEST burger in the world, only one will do: a Blackstone Smash Burger. These beef burgers are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat, these burgers are all about how you top them. Ready for an easy but oh-so-delicious burger? Let’s get smashing!
- Ground Beef. 1 pound
- American Cheese, Slices 8 each
- Burger Buns, Mini 8 each
- Make 8 (2 ounce) ground beef balls.
- Heat your Blackstone Griddle on medium to medium high heat.
- Place the hamburger balls onto the hot flat top griddle.
- Using a piece of parchment paper along with your griddle spatula or burger press, smash each ball into a very thin patty. Carefully, peel the paper off the patty so that you do not rip the patty apart.
- Season each burger patty.
- Butter each mini hamburger bun and place on the griddle until warmed and toasted.
- Cook the smashed burger patty until crispy golden brown (about 2-3 minutes on each side) on both sides. When the beef patty is almost done, top with a slice of the American cheese.
- Assemble your Blackstone smash burgers by starting with the bottom toasted bun, add any condiments if desired, the cheese covered burger patty, top with any final toppings. Add the top toasted bun and serve while they are hot.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Make a burger bar where everyone chooses their own toppings and sides.
Make a burger tower by creating a variety of different smash burgers.
Make full sized smash burgers by doubling the size of the ground beef (4 ounces each) and using larger burger buns.
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Cuisinart Smashed Burger Press, Cast Iron CISB-111
Blackstone Press & Sear Burger Kit
Blackstone 36" Cooking Station 4 Burner Propane Fuelled Restaurant Grade Professional 36 Inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Griddle with Built in Cutting Board, Garbage Holder and Side Shelf (1825), Black
Blackstone 1542 Flat top Griddle Professional Grade Accessory Tool Kit (5 Pieces) 16 oz Bottle, Two Spatulas, Chopper/Scraper and One Cookbook-Perfect for Cooking Indoor or Outdoor, Multicolor
Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 66mgSodium 543mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 23g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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