The Perfect Smash Burger

The Perfect Smash Burger

The Perfect Smash Burger is one of our favorite recipes! A smash burger is a thin beef patty that is quick-cooked on a hot griddle. By cooking two smaller patties instead of one four-ounce patty, you double the amount of crust.

What do you get? A beautifully caramelized, crispy crust!


1 lb ground beef with a fat content in the 15-20% range
1 tbsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
8 slices of cheddar cheese, optional
Your favorite toppings


Season the beef with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roll the beef into 8 2-oz. balls. Prep your condiments.

Set the Big Green Egg for direct cooking at 400°F/204°C with the Big Green Egg Cast Iron Plancha preheating in the EGG.

Lightly oil the pre-heated plancha griddle … or use butter for extra flavor. Place a loosely shaped ball of ground meat on the griddle, then use the weight of a grill press to push down on the meat until you have a thin patty.

Let the burgers cook for 60-90 seconds until the juices start to bubble. through the burgers. Only flip the patties once; be sure to scrape under the patty to retain the crispy, caramelized crust on the bottom. Add cheese and cook for another minute or two. Top with your favorite condiments and serve immediately.

Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg.