A Blackstone smash burger is the very definition of delicious. As far as preparing the best burgers goes, it is hard to defeat a well-made burger that has been prepared on the Blackstone griddle. The one major benefit of cooking a Smash burger on the Blackstone griddle is that the process is extremely easy and straightforward. Smashing the patties means that you do not have to spend time patting out the burgers. Also, mixing the meat and rolling it into balls is also easier and quicker. The large cooking surface of the Blackstone griddle is another major advantage.
However, it is hard to get the final burger right without getting the cooking temperature right.
So, what temperature to cook burgers on a Blackstone griddle? The griddle should be preheated at a temperature of around 350 degrees Fahrenheit – an infrared thermometer will help you with the temperature monitoring. If you do not have a thermometer, you should simply set the burner knob two points above the ‘low’ mark. After your Blackstone griddle has reached the desired temperature, apply a thin coat of olive oil or vegetable oil, so that the burgers do not stick while being cooked.
In this blog, we will talk about everything you need to cook a Blackstone Griddle Smash Burger – recipes, step-by-step instructions, and a few suggestions about the sides that you can use with the burger.
Blackstone Griddle Smash Burgers Recipe:
First and foremost, make sure that you are using grounded beef with a ratio of 80:20. For our readers who are not familiar with the ratio, it simply indicates the percentage of the beef that is lean relative to the percentage that is fat. So, ratio of 80:20 would mean that the beef is 80% lean and 20% fat. We recommend this ratio because it offers just enough fat for tender patties and juicy flavors.
- Ground beef (80:20)
- ¼ cup steak sauce
- Steak seasoning (whichever you prefer)
- Kosher salt
Take a large mixing bowl, and mix the burger with a large amount of steak rub (you can go for a steak rub of your choice). Do not forget to flip the beef over inside the bowl, and ensure that the rub is evenly spread over all sides. Use generous amounts of fresh grounded pepper and kosher salt, to add more seasoning.
Using a bowl, flatten the beef out and add the steak sauce on the top (make sure that the entire top portion of the meat is covered with the sauce).If you are using an ounce of grounded beef – which is good enough to serve three people – make sure to use around ¼ cup of sauce. If you go for two ounces of beef, you will have to insert half a cup of sauce.
Using your hands, mix the A-1 sauce, and do a dry rub. Keep working the sauce into your burger, until you feel that the sauce has been uniformly distributed throughout the beef.
Once the mixing is complete, you should take a handful of beef and roll it into a ball.
Grilling the Burgers:
Like we mentioned earlier, you should preheat your griddle at a temperature of around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have an infrared thermometer, you can put the knob two points above the ‘low’ level. Once the grill has reached the required temperature, create a layer of olive oil or vegetable oil, so that the burgers do not stick during cooking.
Next, put the hamburger balls into the griddle. Make sure that the meat has been smashed into a thin patty. There are many different types of burger presses available on the market, and you can choose one that suits your requirements and budget. Although it is uncommon, meat can sometimes stick to the burger press. If that happens, use some parchment paper to prevent the adhesion.
Keep smashing the burger meat for as long as it is cooking on your griddle. If you have an internal thermometer, you should keep an eye on the burgers’ internal temperature. Ideally, the patties should be cooked until they have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can cook the burgers to one side until the internal temperature goes up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, flip the burgers over to the other side, and keep cooking until you hit the 160 degree Fahrenheit mark. If you want to add some cheese to the burger, we recommend doing it when the burger is at around 155 degrees Fahrenheit. This approach will ensure that you are able to completely melt the cheese without having to overcook the burgers.
After the burgers have been cooked to temperature, you can put them on a plate and use some aluminum foil to cover them.
The Sides that Work Best with the Blackstone Griddle Smash Burger:
If you want to partner the burgers with some extra food, you can use a deep fryer to prepare one or more of the following items:
- Potato chips
- Onion rings
- French Fries
Although each of these three options is very desirable, our personal recommendation is the potato chips. You can slice the potatoes up using a food processor, and deep fry until the potatoes have a golden-brown hue. It is important to ensure that your potato chips are not overcooked, but still have the right amount of crunch. You can use a bit of salt and pepper to season the chips, and add them to a ranch. When it comes to complementing a Smash burger, potato chips are pretty much unrivaled.
Our Final Thoughts:
To sum up, cooking a burger in the Blackstone griddle is quite easy and convenient – not to mention that the results are outstanding. It is important that you preheat the griddle to the required temperature, and use a layer of olive oil or vegetable oil.
To learn more about the different methods of preparing a burger, please feel free to check out some of the other blogs on our website.