• 1 pound ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat for optimal flavor)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • American cheese slices
  • Burger buns
  • Optional toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise


  1. Preheat your griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure it's well-seasoned or lightly oiled.

  2. Divide the ground beef into equal-sized portions, about 2-4 ounces each, depending on your preference.

  3. Shape each portion into a loose ball—avoid compacting the meat too much, as we want a tender, juicy patty.

  4. Season the top side of each ball with salt and pepper.

  5. Place a ball of ground beef on the hot griddle, seasoned side down. Use a sturdy spatula to press down firmly on the ball, smashing it flat. Press until you achieve your desired thickness, typically quite thin for a crispy edge.

  6. Season the top of the smashed patty with more salt and pepper. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes until the edges are golden brown and crispy.

  7. Using the spatula, carefully flip the patty. Immediately place a slice of American cheese on top to allow it to melt.

  8. Cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes until it reaches your preferred level of doneness.

  9. Remove the patty from the griddle and repeat the process with the remaining balls of ground beef.

  10. Toast the burger buns on the griddle for a minute or until golden brown.

  11. Assemble your smash burgers by placing the patties on the bun bottoms. Add your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.

  12. Top with the other half of the bun and press down gently.

  13. Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious simplicity of a homemade smash burger!

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