This double patty smashed burger recipe tastes like restaurant quality but is easy to make at home. The juicy interior and crispy exterior of this burger will make it one of your favorite meals. Get ready to fire up your skillet and impress your family and friends with a classic smashed burger.
What Is a Smashed Burger?
A smashed burger is a type of hamburger you make by pressing the patty down onto the cooking surface. This cooking method creates a burger that is extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Smashed burgers are made with a thin beef patty, which gives it its signature crunchy texture. When topped off with melted cheddar cheese, jalapeno relish, barbecue sauce, and all the fixings, smashed burgers are a true indulgence.
Making a smashed burger is easy but requires some technique. You will need to make your patties a bit thinner than usual then press down the patties while they are cooking. This recipe walks you through the technique step by step.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe
- Ground beef
- Hamburger buns
- Red onion
- Cheddar cheese slices
- Jalapeno relish
- BBQ sauce
- Fresh lettuce
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
How to Make Smashed Burgers
- Roll the ground beef into a big ball. Divide the big ball into 2 equal balls. Divide each of these balls into 2 balls to finish with 4 equal balls. Set them aside in the fridge.
- Peel and slice the red onion and tear the lettuce into individual leaves.
- Melt some of the butter in the pan. Add the red onion slices and cook them until they are browned. Set aside.
- Melt more of the butter and toast the inside of the buns in the butter. Set aside.
- Place 2 balls of ground beef in the pan, leaving space between them.
- Cover each with parchment paper and smash them with the potato masher until the balls spread and are thin. Remove the parchment paper and cook until that side is browned, about 4 minutes.
- Season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Flip and continue to cook until the other side is browned, about 4 more minutes.
- Add a slice of cheddar cheese on top of one of the patties. When the cheese has melted, add the other patty on top. Top with another slice of cheese.
- Spread some of the barbecue sauce on the burger bun. Add the double burger patties with the melted cheese, lettuce leaves, red onion, and jalapeno relish.
- Repeat the process with the remaining 2 beef patties and other ingredients.
How to Serve a Smashed Burger
Serve smashed burgers with chips, coleslaw, fries, roasted veggies, or a salad for a complete meal. If you’re looking for something smaller, make the patties into smaller sizes and serve them on slider buns for smaller appetizer burgers. They’re great for parties and barbecues. These burgers are customizable, so make them as you please with the toppings of your liking.
Tips and Variations for these Burgers
It can be fun to customize smashed burgers to your preferences. Try these tips and variations:
- Be sure to preheat your skillet so it is hot when you add the patties. Cook the burgers on medium-high to high heat for a crispy exterior and juicy interior.
- Use the parchment paper to help prevent the patty from sticking to the potato masher.
- For extra flavor, add herbs, such as thyme or oregano, to the patties.
- Caramelize the red onions instead of browning them, if desired.
- Consider topping the smashed burgers with bacon, fried eggs, sauteed mushrooms, fried jalapenos, avocado slices, or any other toppings of your choice.
- To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten-free buns or lettuce wraps.
How to Store Leftovers
You can store leftover smashed burgers with cheese in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To store, wrap each burger in plastic wrap and place them into an airtight container. When you are ready to eat them, reheat the burgers in a skillet over medium heat until heated through or microwave until they are hot.
Other Burger Recipes
- Mexican Burgers
- Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers
- Black and Blue Cajun Burger
- Caramelized Onion and Boursin Cheeseburger
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 2 burger buns
- 1 red onion
- 4 cheddar cheese slices
- Jalapeño relish
- BBQ sauce
- Fresh lettuce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Start by portioning the meat, for this makes a big ball with the minced meat, then divide it into two equal balls and divide them in two as well. You should finish with 4 balls. Set them aside in the fridge.
- Peel and cut the red onion into wheels.
- In the pan add some of the butter and melt it. Add the red onion wheels and cook until browned, set aside.
- Add more of the butter and toast the buns. Set aside.
- Add two of the balls of meat at a time to the pan leaving enough space between them.
- Cover them with oven paper and smash them with the potato smasher until the ball gets spread and thin. Remove the oven paper and let cook until it gets browned.
- Season with salt and garlic powder. Flip and let cook. It gets browned in 4 minutes on each side.
- Add a slice of cheese on top of one of the buns and once it melts add the other burger patty on top. Top up with another slice of cheese.
- Spread some of the bbq sauce on the burger buns.
- Add the double burger patties with the melted cheese, the lettuce, the red onion, and some of the jalapeño relish.
Writing notes: this is a great opportunity to link the recipe for the jalapeño relish.
You can also add some bacon or even a fried egg on top. These types of burgers are very customizable, so make them as you please with the toppings of your liking.
Using the oven paper will help preventing the patty to get sticked to the potato smasher.