Smashing Patty with Confidential Sauce Recipe

This recipe delivers a juicy, flavorful burger with a secret sauce that will have you begging for more.


  • For the Patties:
    • 1 pound ground beef (80/20 lean-to-fat ratio is recommended)
    • Kosher salt
    • Black pepper
    • Vegetable oil
  • For the Confidential Sauce (use your best judgment, we can’t reveal all the secrets):
    • Mayonnaise
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard (optional)
    • Pickle relish (optional)
    • A splash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
    • Aromatics (like a pinch of garlic powder or onion powder)
    • Sweetener (like a pinch of sugar or a squirt of ketchup)
    • Spicy kick (like a pinch of cayenne pepper or sriracha)
    • Fresh herbs (like chopped chives or parsley) (optional)
  • For the Burgers:
    • Hamburger buns
    • Cheese (optional)
    • Sliced onions (optional)
    • Lettuce (optional)
    • Tomato (optional)


  1. Prep the Patties: Divide the ground beef into two equal portions. Shape each portion loosely into a ball. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat It Up: Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of vegetable oil.
  3. Smash Time: When the oil is hot and shimmering, gently place the beef balls on the skillet. Using a spatula, firmly press down on each patty to smash them thinly. You want them to be about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Sear and Season: Sear the patties for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through to your desired doneness. Season the tops of the patties with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Cheese, Please (Optional): Add a slice of cheese to each patty during the last minute of cooking, if using. Let the cheese melt slightly.
  6. Assemble Your Masterpiece: Toast the hamburger buns if desired. Spread a generous amount of Confidential Sauce on the bottom bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion (if using), the juicy patty, and then another dollop of Confidential Sauce on the top bun.
  7. Devour: Dive into your delicious creation!

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