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Smashed Burgers

Smashed Burgers with Special Sauce and Cucumber Salad

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In the Test Kitchen, we’re on a constant quest for burger perfection. This week, we’re taking a classic rendition out of the diner and onto your dinner table. Thin, crispy, pan-seared beef patties are topped with Cheddar until melty and stacked onto potato buns with the usual fixin’s: lettuce, tomato slices, and dill pickles. Slathered in homemade special sauce and served with a crunchy cucumber salad, this spin on a classic will give your fast food order a run for its money.


  • Stovetop Only

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By Chef Elana

By Chef Elana

Nutritional info

  • Calories 930
  • Protein 52g
  • Total Carb 38g
  • Total Fat 63g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • tomato
  • English cucumber
    English cucumber
  • head Boston lettuce
    head Boston lettuce
  • sliced dill pickle
    1/4 cup
    sliced dill pickle
  • yellow Cheddar cheese
    4 slices
    yellow Cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
    2 packets
  • Dijon mustard
    1 packet
    Dijon mustard
  • ketchup
    1 packet
  • red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon
    red wine vinegar
  • sugar
    1 teaspoon
  • potato buns
    potato buns
  • ground beef
    12 ounces
    ground beef

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 12" large nonstick pan with lid

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare Ingredients

    Prepare Ingredients

    Rinse all produce. Thinly slice tomato. Halve cucumber lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ¼-inch half-moons. Pat lettuce dry with paper towel and separate large leaves. Finely chop half of pickle slices, reserving remainder for Step 6. Halve cheese slices.

  2. Make Special Sauce

    Make Special Sauce

    In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and chopped pickles until fully combined. Set aside until Step 6.

  3. Make Cucumber Salad

    Make Cucumber Salad

    In a medium bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, sugar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add cucumber and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Toss to coat and set aside to marinate until ready to serve.

  4. Toast Buns and Prepare Burgers

    Toast Buns and Prepare Burgers

    Slice buns open horizontally, if they arrived whole, and place cut-side down in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Toast until golden, 1-2 minutes. Transfer to serving plates, reserving pan for making burgers. Using your hands, divide beef and form into 4 equal balls, then place on a plate.

  5. Sear Burgers

    Sear Burgers

    Return pan from buns to medium-high heat. Carefully hover your hand a few inches from the pan—when you can easily feel heat, add beef balls, spacing apart. Sear for 30 seconds. Using a spatula, smash down to flatten. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, 2 minutes, then flip. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Top with cheese slices. Cover pan. Cook until crisp, 1-2 minutes more.

  6. Plate Smashed Burgers

    Plate Smashed Burgers

    Stack 2 patties atop each bun bottom, then top with sliced tomato, lettuce, reserved pickles, and special sauce. Finish with bun tops. Plate cucumber salad alongside smashed burgers. Dig in!

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