OMG. You may never want to cook a burger another way again…
In making the smashburger (no relation to the restaurant) you’ll be utilizing a different technique. Making the burger on the griddle instead of the grill. This will ensure that you keep all of the juices in the meat. Makes for a ridiculous taste sensation.
I don’t care what you put in it… Make the burger any way that you would like. Most of the time I don’t even measure anymore when I make burgers. I just kind of know how much of what that I like to go with the meat.
In the bowl I start with a lightly beaten egg, add in the ground chuck (this is about 1.75 pounds), and then I put in “shakes” of Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, granulated onion and garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly but gently.
Roll into 1/4 pound balls. Slice onion into 1/8 – 1/4 inch slices (rounds).
I have a great cast iron stove top griddle that I like to use. Otherwise use a large cast iron or other pan. Place the griddle on the stove and put gas on high. Grease pan (oil or Pam). Place each ball of meat on the griddle with enough room to be smashed into a patty.
Cook that way for at least three minutes, then SMASH each ball into a patty.
Cook for a couple of minutes on each side for medium-rare (3-4 minutes for medium-well). Meanwhile place a small amount of butter on the pan and an onion round on the butter. Flip after 1-2 minutes.
When the hamburger is done place the patty on the onion round for another minute… This step is critical! It allows all of the good, heavenly juices to drain down into the onion.
Place onto a warm bun. Top how you’d like. I’m a purist, so just mustard for me please…
If it’s not the richest juiciest burger you’ve had…then you did something wrong and shame on you!
The Grilled Atheist