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Smash Burger Alfresco

Smash Burger Alfresco


1 cup finely chopped dill pickles

½ cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. ketchup

2 Tbsp. sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo

½ Tbsp. kosher salt, plus more

1 ½ lb. ground beef (20% percent fat)

4 Potato rolls

½ Head of iceberg lettuce, leaves separated, torn into pieces about the size of the buns

1 White onion, very thinly sliced into rings

4 Thin tomato slices (optional)

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

8 Slices American cheese


Step 1: Prepare a grill for high heat. Place a cast-iron griddle, flat side up, on grate; heat until very hot, at least 20 minutes.

Step 2: Mix together pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, adobo sauce, and ½ tsp. salt in a medium bowl; set special sauce aside.

Step 3: Divide beef into eight 3-oz. portions (don’t form into patties). Place 4 portions between 2 sheets of parchment paper, spacing 6" apart, and, using a meat mallet or skillet, firmly smash to create thin patties, about 5" across. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining portions and fresh parchment paper.

Step 4: Wrap all the buns together in a large sheet of foil to make a packet (this will keep buns soft and from getting too toasted on the grill). Place packet on grate and grill, turning once, until buns are warmed through, about 1 minute. Spread sauce over cut sides of buns. Step 5: Place 3–4 pieces of lettuce on bottom buns and top each with some onion and a tomato slice, if using.

Step 5: Drizzle oil over griddle and use paper towels to evenly coat surface. The oil needs to be hot; you should see smoke almost instantly. Season patties lightly with salt. Place 4 on griddle, seasoned side down, and season top sides lightly with salt.

Step 6: Cook, undisturbed, until outer edges are brown and undersides are very crisp, about 2 minutes. Flip and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Cook until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds. Transfer patties to buns with toppings, stacking 2 patties on each bun. Repeat with remaining 4 patties, scraping off any cheese stuck to griddle in between batches.