This Cast Iron Press Is the Best Way to Make Smashed Burgers at Home
We love hamburgers of all shapes and sizes, but there's nothing quite like a smashed burger. The super-thin patties get their characteristically juicy middles and browned, crispy edges from a big squish on a well-greased griddle. But it needs to be a very good squish, which is why you want something like Cuisinart's Smashed Burger Press.
Made from heavy-duty cast iron, the Cuisinart press is 2.4 pounds —enough to easily flatten patties into an ideal 6-inch shape. And unlike a spatula, the evenly-weighted tool has an easy-grip handle that provides enough leverage to consistently smash each burger.
To buy: Cuisinart Smashed Burger Press, $15 at amazon.com
The Smashed Burger Press has one more trick that makes it a user favorite: Its 1-centimeter raised edge keeps flavorful juices inside your patties, rather than running out onto the griddle. No wonder the Amazon best-seller has more than 2,000 perfect ratings.
"This was exactly what I needed," one wrote. "The key is the rim. It [sears] edges of meat and stops juices from getting away, so it literally cooks up through the meat."
Others say that the press is perfect for extra-large buns, with one writing, "For me, there are few things that are more annoying than eating a hamburger and the bun outsizes the burger. If you feel that exact same way then your prayers have been answered with this hamburger press."
The Smashed Burger press is a reasonable $15, but if you're looking to truly dive into smashed burger making, Cuisinart also offers a four-piece kit for $30. In addition to the cast iron press, the collection includes a seasoning shaker, nonstick patty paper, and a hamburger spatula that has a sharp edge for easy flipping. It's the ultimate way to take your griddling game to another level. Several reviewers say it makes an excellent gift for burger lovers, too.
What are you waiting for? You'd be hard pressed to find a better way to make smashed burgers. Shop the Cuisinart tools on Amazon now.
To buy: Cuisinart Smashed Burger Kit, $30 at amazon.com