Every once in a while you just have to have good burger, the kind that’s juicy but has thin crispy edges, a smash burger. Shake Shack has perfected the smash burger but we don’t have one close by so I have to create my own. I’ve never actually eaten a Shake Shake smash burger, when I’m in NY or DC there are so many other restaurants to choose from, but the girls always find time to stop in, even if it’s just for a shake. So after coming back from NY recently, I decided to work on my own classic smash burger.
I wanted a thin but juicy and flavorful burger with crispy edges, and I wanted a Thousand Island type special sauce. After a few attempts, all my taste testers agree that these are amazing!
While I love a good burger, to be worth the calories, I want to serve it on the best bread around. After trying a few different buns, I think Smash Burgers are best on either a potato bun or a Hawaiian bun. If you really like bread like I do, then you’ll want to make sliders instead of full size burgers, that way you can eat two.
What do you need to make a really good Smash Burger
How to make a perfect Smash Burger
What’s in Special Sauce
Why type of bun is best for Smash Burgers
By using 80% ground chuck, the burgers have enough fat to keep them juicy. Cooking them quickly on a very hot skillet gives them the crispy edges, and the special sauce is just the right combination of mayonnaise and catsup.
If you have access to a grill, placing an iron skillet or grill pan directly on the grill is the easiest way to make the best homemade hamburgers. Your kitchen doesn’t get smokey or hot and all the mess stays outside. If it’s the middle of winter then it’s nice to know that these work just as well in a skillet on the stove.
Smash Burgers are so delicious by themselves you don’t really need anything with them, but of course, I always have to have a side. I would try fresh corn on the cob if it’s available.
What sides can you serve with smash burgers
- Warm potato salad
- Zoodles caprese salad
- Fruit salad
- Crispy roasted potatoes
- Corn and blueberry salad
- Mac & Cheese
- Spinach salad with strawberries
- Rich chocolate brownies
- Chocolate pudding cake
- Cream cheese fruit pizza
- Cobbler with strawberries
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- 1 onion diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb ground chuck 80%
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- American Cheese
- Potato rolls
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons catsup
- 1 tablespoon onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- salt and pepper
- Special sauce:Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
- Burgers:Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onions, cooking until soft and slightly brown. Add to a large bowl. Add hamburger and Worcestershire sauce. Combine with a large spoon. Separate into 4 regular size burgers or 6-8 smaller burgers if making sliders. Do not form into balls.
- Heat iron skillet or grill pan to medium-high. Butter buns and place face down in pan. Cook just until lightly toasted and remove.
- Salt and peppers burgers and place in a hot skillet. Immediately take a solid metal spatula and press down until they are 1/4 inch thick. Let cook for 1-2 minutes until browned. Turn and add cheese, cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove and place on toasted bun with special sauce and additional toppings.