Searing good Canadian ground beef until beautifully caramelized on the outside is one of the great pleasures in life. The smash burger is an easy burger to pull off on your own, as long as you follow a couple of guidelines.
Use medium ground beef. It can be difficult to find in the grocery store so have your local butcher grind some fresh.
Use 4 oz (114 g) of ground beef per burger. For a double burger, use 3 oz of beef per patty. Shape it loosely into a ball.
Preheat a cast iron skillet or flat griddle over medium-high heat.
Place the beef on the hot pan and press down firmly using a spatula, smashing the burger into 1/4-in. thick patty. Maintain pressure for 10 sec before lifting the spatula.
Season only with salt and pepper.
Flip the burger (top with cheese now, if desired) and cook for an additional min or so.
Garnish as desired and enjoy immediately.
Tip: Be forewarned, this process gets messy (as in greasy!). Be prepared to wipe the stove down after.