CATEGORIES: Baking, Breakfast, Beef, Chicken, Fish, Lamb, Pasta, Pork, Ramen, Vegetarian

Ingredients: Makes 4

  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck, 20% fat
  • Kosher Salt
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 potato rolls, toasted
  • Ketchup, mayo, shredded iceberg lettuce


  • Heat a cast-iron griddle or large heavy skillet over medium-high until very hot, about 2 minutes, then lightly brush with vegetable oil. Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions (do not form patties). 

  • Working in batches if needed, place portions on griddle and smash flat with a spatula to form 4"-diameter patties (craggy edges are your friend). Season liberally with salt and cook, undisturbed, until outer edges are brown, about 2 minutes. Flip patties, season with salt, and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Cook until cheese droops and burgers are medium-rare, about 1 minute. 

  • Serve patties on rolls with ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, and pickles.