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two double smoked smashburger cheeseburgers on a griddle surrounded by fries

Smoked Smashburger

After multiple experiments, I figured out the secret to creating a smoked smashburger, and I’m sharing it with you. Your dreamy, smokey, crispy, beefy burger awaits.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger, hamburger, smashburger, smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1631 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 1 lb Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 2 brioche buns
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 10 dill pickle slices


  1. Divide the beef into four equal parts and roll into balls.

  2. Smoke at 200F degrees for 30 minutes.

While the burgers are smoking, make the cheese crisps

  1. Heat a griddle to medium-high. Add a half-cup of cheese to the griddle. Spread it into a 4-inch circle.

  2. Let it cook for 90 seconds. When the edges brown, it's ready. Gently remove it from the griddle with a spatula, and set it aside.

  3. Repeat with the remaining shredded cheese.

Toast the buns

  1. Spread each bun half with butter. Toast on the griddle, butter-side-down, for 30-60 seconds, until golden.

Caramelized bourbon onions

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the griddle. Add the sliced onions. Saute for 5-6 minutes.

  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of bourbon (or water) onto the pile of onions. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, until softened.

Smashburger time

  1. After the burgers are smoked, add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to the griddle. Add the smoked balls to the griddle, and smash them as flat as you can using a bacon press or spatula.

  2. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.

  3. Flip. Top each patty with American cheese. Continue cooking, until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Place a cheese crisp on top of one of the patties. Top with the other patty.

  5. Layer on a pile of onions and the top bun.

  6. Place 5 pickles on the bottom bun, and add the patty tower on top.

  7. Repeat for the second burger.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Smashburger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1631 Calories from Fat 1125
% Daily Value*
Fat 125g192%
Saturated Fat 53g331%
Cholesterol 430mg143%
Sodium 1995mg87%
Potassium 852mg24%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 74g148%
Vitamin A 2100IU42%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 949mg95%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.