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. The recipe even includes how to properly “smash” them!

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Smashburger Recipe

Classic Smashburger

Smashburger shares how they make their burgers.


  • 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.

Of course, we love Smashburger in La Jolla. What’s your favorite order there? I like the Spicy Baja burger. And they even have good kids meals.

See also: Best La Jolla Restaurants

Photo Credit: Smashburger

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. Wow looks very delicious and really mouth watering! I love smash burgers! Can’t wait to grab a bite later! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. This is more of instructions rather than a recipe. I was hoping the “seasoning” recipe was here as well.

    Thank you.

  4. Seasoning is just salt, pepper, and garlic powder. For reference, you can watch the founder of Smashburger walk you through what goes into and how to make one of their yummy burgers here: httpss://youtube.com/watch?v=kBHZBTXDBW4