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Eight Steps to a Perfect smashburger
Eight Steps to a Perfect smashburger

How a smashburger is made.

Obtain beef
Obtain beef

Pick up burger ball with deli wax paper.

Start cooking
Start cooking

Keep paper on grill.

Get ready to smash
Get ready to smash

Using the appropriate smasher...

Smash!
Smash!

...Center smasher over ball and apply even pressure with both hands.

Season
Season

Apply seasoning with shaker.

Flip
Flip

Using a sharp spatula, cut through the sear and flip.

Test temperature
Test temperature

Test the patty's temperature in three spots. Start in the middle, then 10 o'clock, then 5 o'clock.