Smashburger Recipe on the Meadow Creek BBQ26S Griddle
Outdoor propane-fired griddles have become extremely popular, but I'm cooking my smashburger recipe on the charcoal-fired Meadow Creek BBQ26S using the optional griddle.
Griddling with charcoal on the BBQ26S is perfect for those who dislike single-purpose tools because it makes an already versatile cooker even more versatile. The downside is that managing the fire requires more manual work, but if you're comfortable using a charcoal grill, I think you'll find a charcoal-fired griddle enjoyable.
If you don't own a Meadow Creek griddle, don't worry. This smashburger recipe can be cooked on any griddle or even a cast iron skillet on your stovetop.
The Place: I’ve made these on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet, but it smokes and greases up the kitchen. It’s much easier to cook them outdoors where you can let the grease splatter.
The Cheese: I have a weakness for Gouda cheese, but any kind will work, such as American or cheddar.
The Burger Balls: To keep the burgers from falling apart, massage the meat until it’s sticky and tightly-formed into a ball. Also make sure your beef contains at least 20% fat.
The Buns: If you can afford it, use brioche buns. They are so much better than the average burger bun.
The Toasting: Toasting the insides of the bun is important to help the soft bun support the weight of the steaming hot burger. Toasting the bread will also elevate the flavor and texture of your sandwich.
The Smasher: If you don’t already own a grill press / burger smasher, you can technically get by with a griddle turner, but I highly recommend you get a grill press because they are perfect for making other foods too, such as the best grilled cheese pulled pork sandwich you’ve ever tasted. You don’t know what you don’t know, so if you don’t own one yet, get one! Mine is a Lodge 8” round grill press from Walmart.
The Flavor: If you’re intent about packing as much flavor as possible into the sandwich, you could make the burgers smaller (2-3 ounces each) and smash them super thin, then double stack them with cheese to double the surface area of the meat. You could also experiment with cooking on a "dry" griddle without oil to make the burger stick more, and then carefully scrape them loose using a sharp scraper. I’m sticking (no pun intended) with bigger burgers and using a bit of oil to make things easier.
I love fried onions so I’m cooking the burger on top of the onions on the first side (thanks Matt Pittman for this idea), but the burger won’t develop as much crust on that side as it would if you cooked the onion separately. If you prefer your burger to make more contact with the griddle (develop more flavor), you could cook the onions separately.
My Smashburger Recipe
Following is a list of the ingredients you'll need and the steps for cooking smashburgers. Keep scrolling for more details...
Prepare the Griddle
I was aiming for 300–350 degrees in the grill. Things got a little hotter than I was shooting for, but I was able to cool the griddle a little by removing it for a couple of minutes.
Prepare the Ingredients
Cook the Smashburgers
My BBQ26S has the optional stainless steel body and the handsome pedestal base. The stainless steel makes the grill easier to maintain and the pedestal base is perfect for a patio or deck. It comes with a revolutionary pivoting sandwich grate for flipping chicken and other meats with ease.
Dumping Chef's Select into the charcoal pan
Lighting the coals with my propane torch
Spreading the coals
The griddle sets on top of the grill in place of the standard pivoting grate.
Making burger balls
Burger balls ready for seasoning
Seasoning the burger balls
A grilling cart next to the grill is very handy.
Elk Creek AP Rub is an outstanding seasoning.
Seasoning the onions for a bonus flavor boost
Smashing the burgers
Cooking the first side
Flipped to the second side
Sliding a burger onto a toasted bun
These are best hot off the griddle.
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I hope you'll try this recipe soon!
Go ahead... it's okay to stare.
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