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Old 10-26-2021, 09:30 AM   #1
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Tool for Smash Burgers

Want to give smash burgers a go but can never find anything good for smashing the meat down. Any recommendations?

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Old 10-26-2021, 09:37 AM   #2
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Hi CDodsley, Welcome to DC.

What are smash burgers? Are they made with minced/ground beef?

If so, wouldn't you just press them down with any wide flat utensil?

Such as a spatula, large wooden spoon or serving spoon.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:42 AM   #3
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They are basically meatballs of ground beef you smash down. My main issue is get enough equal force to make the ball equally flat. The flat spatula does sound like it would work though. Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:57 AM   #4
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I just use the bottom of another pan. Wrap it in foil first if you don’t want to clean it afterwards.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:27 AM   #5
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I think, part of the Smash Burger appeal is the imperfect end product? So to speak? It is supposed to be a bit off, not like a perfectly round burger patty.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:46 AM   #6
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I think, part of the Smash Burger appeal is the imperfect end product? So to speak? It is supposed to be a bit off, not like a perfectly round burger patty.
Yup, the lacy, crispy edges are a big part of the appeal

This is how Kenji makes his for his restaurant.
https://youtu.be/Wwgn5k_TzKM
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:50 AM   #7
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You could also use a flat-bottomed tumbler.

And as Scott has suggested for the pan you could wrap bottom in foil.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:23 AM   #8
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Yup, the lacy, crispy edges are a big part of the appeal

This is how Kenji makes his for his restaurant.
https://youtu.be/Wwgn5k_TzKM
Okay, GG, now I want a burger! Grumble, grumble...I was thinking lunch would be a breakfast sandwich with fruit salad...grumble, grumble.

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Old 10-26-2021, 11:41 AM   #9
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Never heard of a smash burger!
What´s the advantage/disadvantage over a regular one?
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Old 10-26-2021, 01:24 PM   #10
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Sounds like some shapes of potato masher would work.
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Never heard of a smash burger!
What´s the advantage/disadvantage over a regular one?

They are thin and cooked at high heat so that they very brown and carmelized across the patty with crispy edges
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