Forget those grill marks or meat loaf patties! Grilled cast iron smash burgers is where it’s at with all that caramelized onion and juicy burger goodness. All you need is a few ingredients and a few easy steps to take your BBQ to the next level.
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Pizza and beer Friday becomes BBQ and brews Friday in the summer.
The first installment for this summer was these epic grilled cast iron smash burgers.
They are my go to burger for all seasons.
I prefer to make them outdoors on the grill to prevent smoking out the house and grease splatter clean up.
That isn’t to say I haven’t had a smash burger craving in the winter and just cooked them indoors on the stove.
There are a few key ingredients to making these burgers:
a cast iron skillet
a tablespoon or two of unsalted butter
85% – 80% lean ground beef
salt and pepper
thinly sliced yellow onion
The reason these burgers have become a staple is mainly because they are so easy to make.
They really are hard to mess up, unlike those fat, meatloaf-like patties.
Mike always gets stressed when somebody (cough, Dad) asks for a rare cook on their meat.
It is hard to manage cooking burgers for an entire BBQ on the same grill at different levels of doneness.
You can easily turn these into double stack burgers if somebody is super hungry.
The butter and the fact that the meat is not super lean help to keep these thin patties juicy.
Do not question the American cheese.
The almighty Kraft Single kneels for no man.
I know that smashing a burger may go against everything you ever learned about grilling in your life, but trust me.
The meat is protected in the cast iron and all the juices and flavors from the slivered onions infuse throughout the whole burger cooking process.
You can easily skip the onions as well, if let’s say you have anti-onion folks aka kids to feed.
As long as you cook a few burgers with the onions before you cook the onion-less ones, that slight onion flavor will still be there in the background.
Toppings wise I go big.
Trust the process and the next thing you’ll be saying is, “Shake Shack/ In-n-Out who?”
WARNING: Beware that when you do smash down the burgers, they will sometimes splatter. Stand as clear as you can and wear an apron to prevent burns and stains from the grease. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
WARNING: Beware that when you do smash down the burgers, they will sometimes splatter. Stand as clear as you can and wear an apron to prevent burns and stains from the grease.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.