Classic Smashed Burger recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Classic Smashed Burger

Serves 4
Cuisine: American
Category: Burgers, Old-School Classics
The secret to a juicy and delicious cheeseburger is a simple homemade burger sauce. Make the best classic smashed burger with this easy, step-by-step recipe.
Prep Time
20 mins
Other Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
  • 1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef, 80/20 lean
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 white hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 cups shredded iceburg lettuce
  • 8 slices vine-ripe tomatoes
  1. Divide ground beef into 8 equal balls about the size of a ping-pong ball (3-ounces each); 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 hot cooking surface. Using a large metal spatula, smash each ball to 1/4-inch-thick patties. (Tips: using the handle of a second spatula to push down on the top of the spatula adds leverage. Using parchment helps avoid spatula sticking to beef.)
  5. Season patties with 1-teaspoon of reserved special sauce per patty; salt and pepper. Sear 2-3 minutes or until some fat begins to bubble up in center of patty. Quickly flip and top 4 of the patties with a slice of cheese. Sear another minute and place a plain patty atop a cheese patty; remove from cooking surface.
  6. Build burgers with a smear of special sauce on bottom bun followed by shredded lettuce, tomato, double burgers and top bun.
Calories: 925cal total
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