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Smash Burgers

The weather is changing here in New England and I've started the shift from outdoor cooking to indoor cooking. I've attempted burgers indoors in a variety of ways, and my guys reactions were always the same, lukewarm. 

Some of our favorite burger places use a flat top, so I went searching for recipes using that method and found James Schends' Smash Burgers on the Taste of Home site.  I made a few small changes, instead of 4 balls of ground beef I made 8, I wanted them super thin and to use 2 patties per roll.  

Once the patties were cooked, I shredded some cheddar cheese over one, topped it with another patty and placed it on the roll.  I added crispy bacon and ketchup.  Absolute heaven! 
The guys wolfed them down and asked when they could go on the menu again.  I am really excited about feeding my burger craving this winter without standing in two feet of snow to grill them!

Smash Burgers

Smash Burgers

Author: Jolene Martinelli


  • 4 pretzel rolls (I like Eastern Standard Provisions Four Seam)
  • approx 3T butter, softened
  • 1 pound ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
Optional: cheddar cheese, bacon, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo


  1. Place a 9-in. cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Butter cut edges of pretzel rolls, spread 1t butter on each side.  Griddle until golden brown, set aside.  Meanwhile, gently shape beef into four balls, shaping just enough to keep together (do not compact).
  2. Increase burner temperature to medium-high; add oil. Working in batches, add beef. With a heavy metal spatula, flatten to ¼- to ½-in. thickness; sprinkle each with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until edges start to brown, about 1-1/2 minutes. Turn burgers and sprinkle with additional 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook until well browned and a thermometer reads at least 160°, 1 minute. Repeat with remaining beef.
  4. Serve burgers on buns with desired toppings.
Slightly adapted from:
smash burgers, bacon, pretzel rolls
Dinner, lunch
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  1. OMG those look incredible. I haven't had a pretzel roll in ages and with that burger between it? Oh boy!

  2. I never use pretzel rolls for burgers even though I love them! That's got to change. Looks delicious!

  3. Pretzel Rolls are the BEST! I'm so excited to make these.

  4. I adore pretzels rolls! These burgers sound amazing!


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