Searing good Canadian ground beef until beautifully caramelized on the outside is one of the great pleasures in life. The smash burger is an easy burger to pull off on your own, as long as you follow a couple of guidelines.



5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews



1. Use medium ground beef. It can be difficult to find in the grocery store so have your local butcher grind some fresh. 

2. Use 4 oz (114 g) of ground beef per burger. For a double burger, use 3 oz of beef per patty. Shape it loosely into a ball.

3. Preheat a cast iron skillet or flat griddle over medium-high heat.

4. Place the beef on the hot pan and press down firmly using a spatula, smashing the burger into 1/4-in. thick patty.  Maintain pressure for 10 sec before lifting the spatula.

5. Season only with salt and pepper.

6. Flip the burger (top with cheese now, if desired) and cook for an additional min or so.

Garnish as desired and enjoy immediately.


Tip: Be forewarned, this process gets messy (as in greasy!).  Be prepared to wipe the stove down after.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag me @andreabuckettcooks — I can't wait to see what you've made!

Meet the Author

Andrea Buckett

Andrea Buckett is a renowned chef and food expert celebrated across Canada for her engaging and unique food content. With over twenty years in the food industry, her approachable style and practical cooking tips bring easy, flavorful recipes to the table, tackling mealtime monotony. Regularly featured on television, social media, and in print, Andrea draws on her extensive knowledge in food, recipe development, and nutrition. She is set to publish her first cookbook with Appetite Random House in spring 2025.

Recipes You Might Also Like…

Let’s be friends!

Download the Simple 5-Ingredient Meal Guide

Sign up now and receive a FREE e-book with my favourite FIVE INGREDIENT RECIPES. Easy to prepare, these recipes are short on ingredients and long on flavour. Perfect for shaking up your weeknight meal prep routine.



  1. Burger Basics - Andrea Buckett - […] complete recipes, check out my Sheet Pan Burgers, Better-Than-Takeout Smash Burgers, and really easy Shrimp […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star