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BBQ Smash Burgers

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  • Author: Mary Haymaker


If the smashed-style of burger is your favorite, then this recipe with BBQ sauce, bacon, and caramelized onions is perfect.


  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef (divided into 8 portions (I use a kitchen scale to weigh out 2 ounce portions))
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 potato rolls (I get the smaller ones, not the big Mamma Jammas with sesame seeds on top)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (store-bought or use my recipe below)
  • 4 slices American cheese (I like the kind that isn’t wrapped in plastic, like Land O’Lakes)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • caramelized onions

For the BBQ sauce

  • Click the link above for the BBQ sauce recipe.


  1. If you are making your own BBQ sauce, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Roll the ground beef into balls and salt and pepper both sides of each ball.
  3. Place a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat and melt one tablespoon of butter. Brown the cut sides of two of the potato rolls. Remove to a place and repeat with the remaining butter and potato rolls.
  4. Place each potato roll on a plate and spread both cut sides with BBQ sauce.
  5. Increase the heat on the skillet to medium-high. Place 4 of the balls of ground beef in the hot skillet and smash with a flat spatula or even a clean trowel, using another spatula to increase the pressure, until the patties are as thin as you can get them. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until browned and slightly crispy. Flip the burgers and cook for another minute or two.
  6. Top two of the burger patties with cheese and place the other patties on top. Allow the cheese to melt and remove to two of the prepped buns. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining ground beef.
  7. Top the burgers with bacon and caramelized onions and serve immediately.


Prepping the buns before you begin cooking the burgers allows you to get the burgers from the pan to the table as quickly as possible!

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