Keto Smash Burgers
The best keto hamburger is a smash burger. Smashing your burgers right before cooking creates a beautiful brown crust on the surface of the burger thanks to the Maillard Reaction while maintaining a juicy interior. Having a juicy, delicious burger is key when you are low carb and eating a bunless burger since the hamburger is the star of the show.
Burgers are an easy go-to keto dinner you can make any night of the week. Of course, they are especially popular when the weather gets warmer and it’s grill season.
What is a Smash Burger?
The key to making a good smash burger is to keep the meat loose. The more you mold it and pack it together, the more you will end up with a solid piece of grilled meatloaf. Grad a handful of ground beef and lightly form it into a ball. You want loose strands of ground beef.
There is no need to round off or mold in the edges of the burger. Those loose ends get crispy and are delicious!
When Should You Smash Your Burger?
If you are using a grill to cook your smash burgers, we like to smash our burgers before they hit the grill. That way the loose bits of ground beef don’t fall into the grill and you get delicate, melt in your mouth, juicy burgers.
We smash our burgers by giving each ball of hamburger a wack with the palm of the hand. Place the balls in between two pieces of parchment paper. Smash each one down with the palm of your hand. Then season them with steak seasoning and salt.
If you don’t have access to a grill or want to cook your burgers on a cast iron skillet, you can smash your burgers once they are in the pan. Use a spatula or grill press.
Best Ways to Cook Smash Burgers?
We like to cook our smash burgers on the grill but if you prefer burgers with cripsy edges, cook them in a cast iron skillet.
The benefits of cooking smashburgers in a cast iron skillet or griddle is that the fat doesn’t drip away and the burger is cooked in its own juices. The fat that drips out will help crisp the outer edges of the patty. If crispy edges is what you are going for, you can place the cast iron skillet on the grill and cook the burgers in the skillet but on the grill.
Best Ground Beef Mixture for Smash Burgers
The best ratio of meat to fat for a burger is 80/20. 80% meat and 20% fat. You can pick this mixture up at any grocery store. Unfortunately, the prepacked grass fed ground beef is so packed together, it doesn’t make the best smash burgers. You need a loose grind of ground beef to achieve this.
If having grassfed beef is importand to you, then buy grass fed chuck and short rib. Have the butcher grind them together or grind them on your own. We grind our own hamburger using our Kitchen Aid mixer and grinder attachment.
Best Burger Seasonings
You can’t go wrong with just plain old salt. But I like to add steak seasoning to my burgers. My favorite is by Jacobsen Co. It has garlic, coriander seed, paprika, fennel, rosemary, pepper, thyme, and parsley.
Keto Approved Burger Fixings
Whether you are enjoying a bunless burger or using a low carb hamburger bun, my favorite keto burger toppings are mayonnaise, mustard, low carb ketchup, lettuce, pickle, tomato and red onion. Occasionally, I like to top my burgers with a fried egg.
If you are looking for a premade keto hamburger bun, try these ones by Smart Baking Company.