smash burger

easy skillet smash burgers

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smash burger

This smash burger is such a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  We used to order burgers in on a regular basis, but once I realized how simple they are to put together, we started to make them all the time!  You can load these burgers up with lots of toppings, eat them as single or double burgers, or eat them just plain!

We love smash burgers because of the salty, beefy, crispy crust on the patties. What makes this recipe different from making normal burgers is that after you wait for the skillet to get hot, and you place your patties on to cook, you smash and flatten them down onto the skillet. This is how you get those craggy edges!

What’s nice about a smash burger is you don’t need a grill to make it. This is the Bobby Flay skillet that my mom gave me, and I use all the time. I also really like the classic Lodge skillet!

When I make a smash burger, I like to make some caramelized onions and/or sautéed mushrooms.  We’ve done bacon and avocado… bacon… there are so many options! Serve them with some crispy duck fat potatoes and a salad!

easy skillet smash burgers

course Main Course
cuisine American
keyword 30 minute meal, 30 minute recipe, burger, cast iron skillet
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 12 minutes
servings 4
Author Christine



  • 4 T unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 lb 80 / 20 ground beef
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, I suggest potato buns

optional toppings:

  • cheese
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • bacon
  • caramelized onions
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • lettuce
  • onion slice
  • tomato slice
  • pickles


  1. Heat butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Divide the beef in 4 equal parts, and very loosely form patties with each. Wash your hands, and season one side of the beef patties with salt and pepper.
  2. Place patties onto skillet, (in batches if you need to,) seasoned side down. Smash each patty with a spatula until they flatten, and the edges are “craggy.” Season the top of the patties with salt and pepper, and cook until the bottom of the beef is browned and crusty, about 3-5 minutes, and then flip.
  3. Top the burgers with cheese if you are using cheese. Allow burgers to cook until both sides are browned and crusty, and cheese has started to melt. Remove burgers from the skillet and place on a plate on the side. With the heat still on, add the buns to the skillet, cut side down, and allow to toast for a few seconds. Remove the buns and place on the plate with the burgers.
  4. Assemble burgers, toppings, and serve immediately. Enjoy!