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Smashburger Shares How to Make a Burger

Classic Smashburger

Have you ever wondered how Smashburger makes their burgers? They have been kind enough to share a burger recipe that you can replicate at home, just in time for July 4th festivities. The recipe even includes how to properly “smash” them!

Ingredients (Serves 4):
2 pounds fresh, never frozen, 100% Certified Angus beef
4 slices of pepper jack cheese
2 avocados
2 sliced tomatoes
2 finely chopped onions
8 large lettuce leafs
4 torta rolls
4 wedges of lime
Sour Cream
Chipotle Mayonnaise
Chopped cilantro


1. Set grill to 400 degrees
2. Place a flat metal surface over the grill (this allows you to caramelize the outside while sealing in the juices)
3. Form loosely-packed third, or half, pound balls of fresh, never frozen 100% Certified Angus Beef
4. Paint the grill with real, unsalted butter
5. Use a cast-iron grill press to sear patty and lock in juices
6. Smash the meatball on the grill for the first 10 seconds to ensure meat is seared on the outside
7. Once the juices start to percolate, flip the burger to keep the juices in
8. Grill the beef patties until they are cooked thoroughly and then remove them from the grill
9. Melt spicy pepper jack cheese on top of each patty
10. Add half of a hand-sliced avocado
11. Add tomato slices
12. Sprinkle a blend of freshly chopped cilantro and onions
13. Add lettuce leaves
14. Top with a scoop of fresh sour cream and chipotle mayo
15. Serve the burger on a fresh torta roll with a wedge of lime

In addition to unveiling tips on how to cook the perfect burger at home, Smashburger is giving Smashfans an opportunity to savor summer with a Smashburger-catered picnic to celebrate the 4th of July. From now until June 30, Smashfans can enter to win a 4th of July picnic for up to ten guests. Pick up an entry form at your local Smashburger. Winners will be selected on July 3, 2011.

Of course, we love Smashburger in La Jolla.  What’s your favorite order there?  I like the Spicy Baja burger.

Photo Credit: Smashburger


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I'm Katie Dillon, a freelance luxury travel writer who lives in seaside La Jolla, CA. This is where I document my recent trips around the world, the latest San Diego happenings and other fun lifestyle topics. Thanks for stopping by!

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