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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.
4.17 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 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


  • Divide the beef into four equal parts and roll into balls.
  • Smoke at 200F degrees for 30 minutes.

While the burgers are smoking, make the cheese crisps

  • Heat a griddle to medium-high. Add a half-cup of cheese to the griddle. Spread it into a 4-inch circle.
  • 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.
  • Repeat with the remaining shredded cheese.

Toast the buns

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

Caramelized bourbon onions

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

  • 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.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Flip. Top each patty with American cheese. Continue cooking, until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Place a cheese crisp on top of one of the patties. Top with the other patty.
  • Layer on a pile of onions and the top bun.
  • Place 5 pickles on the bottom bun, and add the patty tower on top.
  • Repeat for the second burger.


Calories: 1631kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 74gFat: 125gSaturated Fat: 53gCholesterol: 430mgSodium: 1995mgPotassium: 852mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2100IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 949mgIron: 6.4mg
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