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Grilled Smash Burgers

These Grilled smashburgers are simple to make, but SO FREAKING GOOD! If you love burgers at home, you need to do a smash burger!

Smash burgers are exactly what they sound like. Smashed burgers. The key is smashing your burger on a piping how black top and allow the meat to get that beautiful Mailard reaction

Start with about 3-4 ounce balls of patties that are LOOSELY packed. You wan the air pockets to really get this done right.

I season with salt pepper and a little garlic powder. Thats it.

I ideal like to make my smash burgers on the grill using a cast iron griddle. Crank the grill as high as it can go and let your cast iron get smoking hot.

Press the ball of hamburger down with a spatula and use another spatular for extra leverage to get a nice thin patty.

Top with cheese and let it melt and your done.

And since they’re such thin patties you’ve gotta double these smash burgers up! I don’t like to mask up too much of the flavor of the burgers so I keep the condiments simple – ketchup mustard pickle

And bacon. Ok I lied. I snazzed them up a bit!

And the bun matters. Get a nice artisan style bun. I used Dave’s Killers Bread [disclaimer: IG post was sponsored, but not the blog post – but they’re so good I had to mention it!] buns and they went so good together!

Grilled Smash Burgers

Course: Dinner
Keyword: bbq
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Print Recipe


  • 2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 buns
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 8 strips bacon


  • preheat your grill to as hot as it can get with a flat top skillet or griddle. While the grill is preheating – cook your bacon and drain
  • loosely Form patties into 3-4 oz balls. sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • Place patties onto griddle. Smash with a large spatula, using a second spatula to press down. Slide the spatula off, do not lift. This will keep the patty against the griddle.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then quickly scoop up with the spatula, then flip. Add cheese and close grill. Cook until cheese is melted – about 2-4 minutes.
  • Stack two patties on top of each other on top a bun with some bacon and your favorite condiments and serve!

Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!