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Abner & Amanda's Smashed Beef Burgers and Sauce

Smashed Beef Burgers and Sauce

byAmanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez
Total 35 mins, includes cooling time
Active 20 mins
Makes 6 servings
TIP: If you want more toppings on the burgers we recommend you keep it simple: ketchup, pickles, or chopped onions.
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon diced pickle
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef (85 percent lean)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced Cheddar cheese
  • Toasted split hamburger buns
    1. To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, and hot sauce. Set aside.
    2. To make the burgers: In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, Worcestershire, fish sauce, and garlic powder. Add the ground beef and mix gently until fully combined. Divide into 6 equal balls, place on a plate and freeze for 15 minutes. You can make the balls earlier in the day and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook them.
    3. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Slightly smash the balls of meat to form disks. Sprinkle the patties with salt and pepper. Place in the hot skillet. Using a flat stiff spatula, smash each patty until it is 1/2 inch thick. Cook without flipping until the bottom is charred. Flip and smash the patties slightly again and top with cheese. Cover the skillet for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
    4. Transfer the burgers to the bottoms of the toasted buns, top with sauce and cover with the tops.