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Smashed Burgers

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 14 servings
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56 ounces (3 1/2 pounds) ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

14 slices American cheese 

14 small, soft hamburger buns

Serving suggestions: shredded lettuce, pickles and tomatoes 


  1. Divide the beef into 2-ounce portions and form into balls; you will have 28.
  2. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the beef balls on the surface and use a large spatula to smash them as flat as they can possibly go. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Flip and immediately place a slice of cheese on half of the patties. Thirty seconds later, transfer the other patties onto the ones with the cheese. Wait a few seconds, then place on the buns. Keep going until you have 14 burgers.
  4. Serve with lettuce, pickles and tomatoes on the side.

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