Grilled Smash Burgers

  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef

Mix the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, and liquid smoke together in a large bowl. Add the ground beef and carefully, using your hands, mix the meat into the butter sauce until a homogenous mixture forms. Split the meat into 4-6 meatballs, forming them gently. Place them back in the bowl or on a covered plate and chill until ready to grill. At least a 15 minute pause in the cold refrigerator will really help here.

When you are ready to grill, place a cast iron grill plate on your grill and prepare it for grilling (~400°F). When the grill is ready (you can test this without a temperature gauge on your grill by dropping a bead of water onto the metal plate - if it dances wildly, you are ready to go), place your chilled meatballs onto the grill plate. Leave enough room between the meatballs to be able to smash them and flip them without issue.

Once all of the meatballs are placed on the grill plate, begin smashing them flat (about ½-¾ inch thick) using a heavy spatula. Grill them for 3-4 minutes before carefully flipping the burgers and cooking them an additional 1-2 minutes or until you've reached your desired level of doneness. You can add cheese to any of them as desired, but my family loves adding a slice of cheese between 2 smash burgers for a real treat.

Serve the burgers with your favorite condiments, buns, and sides. Enjoy!

  • Yields: 3-4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
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