Grilled Smash Burgers

If you're a burger enthusiast looking for that perfect combination of juicy, flavorful meat and crispy edges, you've come to the right place. This recipe is designed to work on any cooking surface you have at home, whether it's a grill, griddle, or cast iron skillet. With a simple yet incredibly tasty all-purpose garlic seasoning, these burgers will quickly become a favorite at your dining table. Follow our easy steps and tips to create mouthwatering smash burgers that are sure to impress your family and friends.

Grilled Smash Burger Recipe


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 blend preferred)
  • Ground Pounder All-purpose garlic seasoning (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 burger buns (brioche or your choice)
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • Toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, etc.)
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.)
  • Butter (for toasting buns)


  • Grill, griddle, or cast iron skillet
  • Spatula (preferably a heavy-duty one for smashing the burgers)
  • Parchment paper or wax paper (optional, to assist with smashing)


1. Preheat Your Cooking Surface:

  • Grill: Preheat to high heat (around 450-500°F).
  • Griddle or Cast Iron Skillet: Preheat over medium-high heat until hot.

2. Prepare the Patties:

  • Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions, roughly 4 oz each.
  • Roll each portion into a loose ball.
  • Season the outside of each ball generously with the all-purpose garlic seasoning, salt, and pepper.

3. Toast the Buns:

  • Spread a thin layer of butter on the insides of the burger buns.
  • Place the buns, butter side down, on the grill or cooking surface until they are golden brown. Set aside.

4. Cook the Smash Burgers:

  • Place the ground beef balls onto the hot grill, griddle, or skillet.
  • Using a spatula (and parchment paper if needed), press down firmly on each ball to flatten it into a thin patty. Hold for about 10 seconds to ensure a good sear.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges start to brown and crisp up.
  • Flip the patties and immediately place a slice of cheese on each one.
  • Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and the patties are cooked through.
Smash Burger Seasoned on a grill

5. Assemble the Burgers:

  • Place each patty on the bottom half of a toasted bun.
  • Add your desired toppings and condiments.
  • Top with the other half of the bun.

6. Serve:

  • Serve immediately while hot and enjoy your delicious smash burgers!

Smash Burger With Bottle In Background


  • Pressing the patties: Use parchment paper to prevent the spatula from sticking to the meat.
  • Cheese melt: Cover the cooking surface briefly with a lid or a metal bowl to help the cheese melt faster.
  • Seasoning: The all-purpose garlic seasoning will enhance the flavor, but feel free to add additional spices if desired.

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