I like things browned and caramelized, whether sweet or savory. A thick juicy burger doesn’t interest me nearly as much as one that is made of two thin patties that are caramelized throughout and oozing with melted cheese.

That’s where these burgers come in. They’re true to their name — small pieces of beef smashed in a hot skillet — but they’re also perfectly seasoned thanks to Ava’s Favorite Burger seasoning.

This blend is truly phenomenal. It’s bold and spicy and flavorful, and perfect against the crispy edges of the perfect caramelized burger. This works fine in a cast iron skillet, but if you have a big griddle that works great too.

Use whatever cheese you want. I tend to use shredded cheese because I find that it melts better, but even a slice of (gasp!) American cheese will work if that’s what you like.

Either way, this is fast, easy, and super delicious with no fuss or fancy ingredients.

Ava’s Favorite Smashburger

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Course: Main Course
Keyword: Ava Jane's Kitchen Ava's Favorite Burger, Ava Jane's Kitchen Avocado Oil
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 570kcal



  • Divide the beef into 4 equal sized balls.
  • Put the seasoning on a plate.
  • Roll each ball in the seasoning blend.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle to medium high heat. Let it get very hot.
  • Add the oil. When it shimmers, add the balls of meat.
  • Immediately after adding each to the pan, smash it down really hard with a spatula. Let cook for a few minutes and flip each one, smashing again so that every surface gets in contact with the hot skillet. 
  • Put cheese on one burger and top with the second. Let cook until the cheese is melted and transfer to a bun. 
  • Serve with desired toppings. 


Use this again: These are best made just before serving.
For one or two servings: Recipe can easily be halved or doubled.
Store leftovers: These are best made just before serving.


Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 7462mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 4mg