Grilled Smash Burgers | Easy Camping Recipe

June 6, 2024

Make our easy grilled smash burgers for a totally delicious camping lunch or dinner. This easy recipe is sure to please!

Grilled Smash Burgers


  • 3 brioche or sesame seed hamburger buns
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Salt & pepper
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • Lettuce, onion & tomato


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp sweet or dill pickle juice
  • 1-2 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce, to taste



  1. Place oiled cast iron griddle on grill and preheat to medium-high.
  2. Butter buns and place on grill or flat top and cook until toasted. Remove from grill.
  3. Make sauce and set aside.
  4. Divide burger into six 2-ounce balls.
  5. Place burger balls onto hot grill and quickly smash each one until flattened.
  6. Cook for 1-2 minutes until a nice crispy crust forms on the bottom and tops are just beginning to appear cooked on the edges.
  7. Flip, using the spatula to scrape up all the crispy bits, and top each patty with cheese.
  8. Cook the other side for another minute until done.
  9. Layer lettuce, tomato, onions and two patties on the bottom of each bun. Spread sauce on top bun and place on top of patties.

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