Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the classic diner-style smash burger. The crispy edges of the griddled beef create a rich and savoury flavour that you just can’t get any other way.
Mix the ingredients for the sauce together in small mixing bowl. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
Preheat the griddle on high heat for 10 minutes.
Form the ground beef into 8 equally sized balls (4 oz. each).
Toast the buns until lightly browned, 1–2 minutes. Place on a tray and spread some of the sauce on each side of the bun. Keep the prepared buns, cheese, and any toppings close by the griddle.
Place the meatballs onto the griddle, leaving space between each ball for the burger to spread. Use a burger press or the back side of a wide spatula to smash the burger into a thin patty (parchment paper between the press and the burger will help keep the burger from sticking).
Season the burgers with the salt and pepper and cook, undisturbed until the edges of the burger are brown and only slightly red in the center, 3–4 minutes.
Flip the burgers and top with the cheese. Allow the cheese to melt, about 1 minute.
Place two burger patties on each bun and add your choice of toppings to serve.
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