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Smash Burgers

I know...there is always something a bit different coming off our Big Green Egg grill. This time it's the Smash Burgers. Really just a big meat ball that is grilled on a 500º flat cast iron griddle and then smashed down hard with a cast iron press. Have all the fixings ready because the burgers will come off the grill in short order. Due to the high heat and thinness the meat will almost take on a caramelized crust, but does not taste the least bit burnt. One of my new favourites!
(yields 4 burgers, but easily can make 5 of of a pound of burger)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Mix ingredients together and divide into 4 meat balls. 
  2. Place in refrigerator. 
  3. Cut up and place following fixings out so you are ready to serve up your burgers hot when they come off the grill. Literally, they will be cooked in about 3-4 minutes. 
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices cheese of your choice
  • lettuce
  • tomato 
  • onions, raw or sauteed
  • pickles
  • condiments
Place flat cast iron on grill. Heat grill with cast to 500ºF.
Place meatballs onto cast iron and allow to sizzle for about 30 seconds.

Using a heat resistant glove take your cast iron press and SMASH the meatballs into a thin burger patty.
Close the lid of your grill and allow burger to cook for about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

Lift lid. Fat in burger will rise to top and the bottom will be caramelized. If you want you can sprinkle the uncooked side of the patty with a seasoning of your choice. We have used different BBQ seasonings or just seasoning salt or salt and pepper. No BBQ sauce on these burgers. You could serve some on the side along with your condiments.

Flip and grill another minute or two at the most.
Come and get 'em! 


  1. YUM!!! I can smell it now!

    I remember not so long ago that we were told NOT to smash your burgers while cooking because all the good juices would run out and you'd have a "dry" burger....haha. I love a thin burger (not a real meat eater) but my DH like them thicker....same with pancakes and pizza :)

  2. This is just like Culver's restaurant's Butterburger!


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