Smash Burger and Oven Fries


Perfection is boring! This is why we are super accepting of these not-round burgers, craggy edges and all!

Dinnerly Smashburger
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings

Use your spatula to smash them down—don't worry about forming a perfectly circular patty. The more irregular the edges, the crispier (and more delicious!) they will be. And the magical secret sauce? Ketchup + mayo + chopped pickles. Oops ... not-so-secret anymore. We've got you covered! For more great ideas head over to


  • 1 pound russet potatoes

  • 4 ounces bread & butter pickles

  • 1 ounce mayonnaise

  • ½ ounce ketchup

  • 12 ounces grass-fed ground beef

  • 2 potato buns

  • neutral oil, such as vegetable or safflower

  • coarse kosher salt

  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Make salt and pepper fries. Preheat oven to 450ºF with rack in upper ⅓. Place a sheet pan in oven. Halve potatoes, lengthwise; cut into ½- inch wedges. In a large bowl, toss with 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds pepper. Transfer to preheated baking sheet, roast in oven 20–25 minutes until golden, flipping halfway through. Toss with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  2. Finely chop half of the pickles (reserve rest for garnish). In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, and chopped pickles. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide ground beef into 2 equal portions (do not form patties).

  3. Heat a griddle or large heavy skillet over high until very hot, about 2 minutes. Lightly brush with oil. Place beef in pan and smash each mound flat with a spatula, forming 5-inch patties. Season well with salt and cook, undisturbed, until outer edges are brown, about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Flip burgers, season with salt, and cook until medium-rare, about 2 minutes more. Transfer burgers to a plate. Pour off fat. Add buns, cut sidedown to griddle or skillet, and toast until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes.

  5. Place burgers on buns and top with a dollop of sauce and reserved pickles. Serve salt and pepper fries alongside, with remaining sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

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