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Skillet Smash Burgers

When that craving for burgers calls, fire up your Ooni pizza oven: our cast-iron flame-cooked double smash burger is stacked with gouda cheese, pickle, red onion, lettuce and tomato, and served between sweet butter-toasted brioche buns.

Equipment
Skillet Pan, Sizzler Pan or Dual Sided Grizzler Plate
Meat Press / additional cast iron pan

Ingredients
Makes 2 burgers

For the smash burger
23.9oz (680g) minced beef
Egg, beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the toppings
2 brioche burger buns
Handful crinkle cut pickles
2tbsp Burger sauce
Handful fresh lettuce leaves
Beef tomato, finely sliced
2 slices gouda cheese
Red onion, finely sliced
½ stick (50g) butter

Method
In a bowl, combine the beef mince, egg, and salt and pepper seasoning. With your hands, combine until everything is fully incorporated. Roll the mix into 4 even balls with your palms and set aside. 

Fire up your Ooni pizza oven. Aim for 952˚F (500˚C) on the stone baking board inside. You can check the temperature inside your Ooni quickly and easily using the Ooni Infrared Thermometer.

Place your cast iron Skillet pan, sizzler pan, or dual sided grizzler pan (flat side up) inside your oven to preheat.

After 10 mins, your pan should be nice and hot. Remove the pan and place two of your meatballs onto the hot pan. Using either a meat press or the base of another cast iron pan, smash the burgers down firmly, and keep the weight while the bottom half cooks. After 4-5 minutes, remove the weight and check the bottom side – if brown and crispy, flip, and return the press to the cook on the other side. After a further 4-5 minutes, your burgers should be nicely browned and cooked through. Remove and set aside while you finish cooking the remaining two meatballs.

Once your burgers are cooked, heat the butter in the residual heat of the pan. Place your slide brioche buns face down in the hot butter and allow each side to toast golden brown. You might need to return the pan to the oven to heat a little more.

Now it’s time to stack your burgers! Start with your lettuce, then tomato slices, your first burger, gouda slice, second burger, pickle, red onion, and finally your top bun (with an even layer of burger sauce spread over the base!). Press down with your hands, and seal with a cocktail flag or skewer. Serve immediately with a cold beer and side of fries. 

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