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How to Make Perfect Animal Style Smash Burgers on the KoKoMo Grill

Updated: Jun 29

Are you craving the iconic flavors of a classic smash burger with a delicious twist? Look no further! Our Animal Style Smash Burgers are here to tantalize your taste buds. With crispy edges, juicy interiors, and a flavorful "animal style" topping, this recipe will make you feel like a gourmet chef in your own kitchen. Let’s dive into the ingredients and steps to create this mouthwatering burger! Here's a detailed guide on How to Make Perfect Animal Style Smash Burgers at Home

KoKoMo Grills Animal Style Smash Burger
Animal Style Smash Burger

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Burgers:

For the Special Burger Sauce:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Prepare Your Grill: Start by placing your Made In Carbon Steel Griddle on a KoKoMo Grill over high heat. This will ensure an even cooking surface and perfect caramelization for your onions and burgers.

Made In Carbon Steel Griddle being used on a kokomo grill
made in carbon steel griddle

2. Caramelize the Onions: Add the diced onions to the griddle. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Once the onions are soft and slightly caramelized, move them to one side of the griddle to keep them warm. Learn how to caramelize onions here.

Caramelizing Onion on Griddle
Caramelizing Onion

3. Smash the Burger Balls: Place the ¼ lb burger balls on the griddle and smash them down as thin as possible. The secret to a great smash burger is achieving that thin, crispy edge. Season the patties with your favorite burger rub for an extra kick of flavor.

4. Flip and Cheese: After 3 minutes, flip the burger patties. Add a slice of American cheese on top of each patty, allowing it to melt deliciously over the burger.

Cheese on smash burger
Cheese on smash burger

5. Toast the Buns: While the patties are cooking, toast the inside of the burger buns on the griddle. This adds a delightful crunch and prevents the buns from getting soggy.

6. Prepare the Special Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 tablespoon relish, and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. This sauce is the magic ingredient that brings the whole burger together. Check out more burger sauce recipes.

7. Assemble the Burger: Spread a generous amount of burger sauce on the bottom bun. Layer with fresh lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Place the cheesy burger patty on top, add the caramelized onions, and finish with another dollop of burger sauce. Top with the other half of the bun.

Grilled Animal Style Smash Burger
Finished Smash Burger

8. Enjoy Your Gourmet Creation! Your Animal Style Smash Burger is ready to be devoured. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy the burst of flavors in every bite!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

This recipe combines the best of both worlds: the crispy, juicy goodness of smash burgers and the flavorful toppings of an animal style burger. The homemade burger sauce adds a tangy, smoky flavor that perfectly complements the savory patties and sweet caramelized onions.

Pro Tip: For an extra flavor boost, you can also grill your tomatoes slightly before adding them to the burger.

Final Thoughts on How to Make Perfect Animal Style Smash Burgers at Home

Animal Style Smash Burgers are a crowd-pleaser and perfect for any occasion, whether it's a summer BBQ, a family dinner, or a weekend treat. With this simple and delicious recipe, you can bring the taste of a gourmet burger joint to your home. Don’t forget to share your burger masterpieces with us on social media using #AnimalStyleSmashBurger.

Enjoy cooking and happy eating!

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