Shake Shack Style Smash Burgers
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These Shake Shack Style Smash Burgers from the second episode of Married and Hungry are some of the best burgers you'll ever have! Seasoned smash beef patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato, a special sauce and a potato bun!
Serves: 4 burgers
  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon dill pickle brine
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound cold ground beef
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 4 potato hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 pieces green leaf lettuce
  • 8 ¼-inch slices plum tomatoes
  1. To make the sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickle brine, and cayenne until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust seasonings accordingly, adding more brine or cayenne as needed. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. To make the burgers, in a large bowl, lightly combine the beef with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Divide into 4 equal pieces and then shape into rounds. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, melt in a tablespoon of butter. Split open two of the buns and place them cut side down into the butter and cook until lightly golden brown and toasted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a platter and melt in the remaining butter. Toast the last two buns and set aside as well.
  4. In the same skillet, place a ground beef round in and then using a flat large spatula press down firmly to smash down the patty as flat as possible. Season lightly with a bit more salt and pepper on top and cook until the burger patty is caramelized and browned, about 2 ½ minutes. Flip over and place a slice of cheese on top and continue to cook for 1 more minute. Transfer cheeseburger onto a plate or platter and continue cooking the rest in the same way.
  5. To assemble the burgers, spread the toasted buns with the sauce, place a cheeseburger on top of the bottom buns and then top with a piece of lettuce, and two slices tomato. Sandwich with the top bun and serve. Enjoy!
Adapted from “Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories”
Recipe by The Candid Appetite at