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Smash Burgers with Secret Sauce

  • Servings:

    Makes 4 burgers as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    10 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    10 minutes


While a cast-iron skillet is ideal for this recipe, a large stainless steel skillet will also work. A stiff metal spatula is essential for smashing the beef into flat patties.
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. finely chopped dill pickles, plus 2 tsp. pickle brine
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. vegetable oil
4 slices American or cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns
4 leaves green leaf lettuce, for serving
Sliced tomato, for serving
Smash Burgers with Secret Sauce


1. To make sauce, mix mayonnaise, pickles, pickle brine, ketchup, mustard, and garlic powder in a small bowl until combined; set aside.
2. Very gently shape beef into four loosely packed balls. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 5 minutes. Set a shallow bowl or pie plate filled with water next to stove.
3. Brush skillet with oil and add beef. Using a stiff metal spatula, press down firmly to form flat patties about 4" wide (edges will begin to break apart and get craggy). If spatula sticks to patties, dip it lightly in the water before pressing down.
4. Season flattened patties with salt and cook, without moving, until edges are deeply browned, about 3 minutes. Flip patties, season with more salt, and top with cheese. Continue to cook, without moving, until second side is deeply browned, about 3 more minutes.
5. To serve, transfer patties to bun bottoms and top with lettuce and tomato. Spread sauce on remaining bun halves and place on top.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, May - June 2019


Nutritional Facts
Servings Makes 4 burgers
Base Nutrients
Calories 520 kcal (26%)
Calories from Fat 297
Total Fat 33 g (51%)
Saturated Fat 10 g (50%)
Cholesterol 95 mg (32%)
Sodium 780 mg (33%)
Total Carbohydrates 26 g (9%)
Dietary Fiber 1 g (4%)
Protein 29 g (48%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a