Learning how to make smashed burgers is as simple as its name. Smashing burgers into thin patties not only makes them quick-cooking, it also creates irresistible crispy edges. Topping them with the caramelized onion relish adds extra deliciousness.

Adam Dolge
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is slightly syrupy, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Wipe out the pan.

  • Meanwhile, combine ground "meat," chili powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties and smash to about 1/4 inch thick.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Serve the burgers on toast with the onion relish, arugula and tomato.

Nutrition Facts

555 calories; protein 24.7g 49% DV; carbohydrates 61.9g 20% DV; dietary fiber 9.2g 37% DV; sugars 21.4g; fat 23.6g 36% DV; saturated fat 6.9g 34% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1205.6IU 24% DV; vitamin c 18.5mg 31% DV; folate 59.3mcg 15% DV; calcium 279.5mg 28% DV; iron 6.5mg 36% DV; magnesium 31.4mg 11% DV; potassium 896.8mg 25% DV; sodium 754.8mg 30% DV; added sugar 7g.