Sizzle And Sear: The Ultimate Cast Iron Smash Burger Recipe

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Craving a juicy burger with a stunningly crispy crust? Look no further than the smash burger, a culinary masterpiece cooked on a trusty cast iron skillet. This recipe takes you through the steps of creating this restaurant-worthy burger at home, delivering an unforgettable taste sensation.


The BA Smash Burger
The BA Smash Burger

500g (1.1 lbs) ground beef (80/20 ground chuck recommended)

  • 2 Hamburger buns
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Neutral oil, like canola or vegetable oil
  • Optional toppings: Sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, your favorite burger sauce

  • Smashing Your Way to Perfection:

    1. Divide and Conquer: Divide your ground beef into two equal portions. Gently shape each portion into loose balls, avoiding overworking the meat.
    2. Seasoning is Key: Season both sides of the burger patties generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    3. Heat Things Up: Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for at least 5 minutes. Aim for a nice, hot surface to achieve the perfect sear. Add a thin layer of neutral oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
    4. The Smash Down: Once the pan is hot, carefully place each burger patty on the skillet. Using a wide metal spatula, firmly press down on the patty, smashing it thin and creating a wide surface area. This “smash” is what creates the signature crispy crust.
    5. Searing Success: Sear the burgers undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. A good tip is to peek underneath to check for browning – a beautiful, deep brown color signifies a perfectly cooked smash burger.
    6. Cheese Time (Optional): If adding cheese, place a slice on each patty during the last 30 seconds of cooking to allow it to melt.
    7. Bun Basics: While the burgers cook, lightly toast your hamburger buns in a separate pan or under the broiler for a warm, slightly crispy texture.
    8. Burger Building Bonanza: Assemble your masterpiece! Place the cooked patty on the toasted bun and add your favorite toppings.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving, without toppings):

    Calories: 480

  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 35g

  • Remember, these are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    The smash burger is a testament to the power of simplicity. Using just a few basic ingredients and a cast iron skillet, you can create a burger that rivals the best gourmet offerings. So, fire up your stove, unleash your inner burger artist, and get ready to experience a flavor explosion!

    Smashing FAQs:

    1. What kind of ground beef should I use? For the best results, choose ground beef with an 80/20 fat ratio. This ensures a juicy and flavorful burger while allowing for proper browning.

    2. Can I use a different type of pan? While a cast iron skillet is ideal for achieving a crispy crust, you can use a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan in a pinch.

    3. How can I tell when my burger is done? The best way to determine doneness is to use a meat thermometer. Internal temperature should reach 160°F (71°C) for medium-rare burgers.

    4. What are some fun topping combinations? The possibilities are endless! Try classic cheddar cheese with bacon and caramelized onions, or get creative with blue cheese, arugula, and balsamic glaze.