Hatch Chile Smash Burgers

Hatch Chile Smash Burgers

  • Ground Beef

  • Skillet

As the name would suggest, smash burgers are a smash hit in every regard – they’re mouthwateringly juicy, have perfectly crisp edges, and give you extra surface area for melty slices of American. They’re iconic. They’re quick on the griddle (like, 2 minutes quick). And today, they’re bringing the heat with hatch chiles and salsa. It’s like satisfying your drive-thru cravings and gourmet flavor hankerings all in one go.

Make it next level: Use ground beef with at least 15% fat to keep patties juicy on the griddle. 

  • 15 Minutes

  • 15 Minutes

  • 30 Minutes

  • 4


  • 1 lb. SunFed Ranch 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated sweet onion
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted, peeled, and chopped hatch chiles, (fresh or thawed)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
  • 8 white American cheese slices
  • 4 pretzel buns, split
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 6 Tbsp. hatch chile salsa


  1. Using your hands, combine ground beef, onion, chiles, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl, until evenly incorporated. Shape into 8 (2 ½-ounce) balls.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high, until smoking. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add 2 meatballs at a time, and immediately flatten to ¼-inch-thickness with a sturdy, wide spatula. Cook until bottoms are crisp and deep brown, about 1 minute.
  3. Flip patties, top each with 1 cheese slice, and cook until bottoms are well-charred and cheese is melted, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from skillet, and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil, meatballs, and cheese slices.
  4. Preheat broiler to high with oven rack 5-6 inches from heat. Brush cut sides of buns with butter. Arrange buns cut side up on a baking sheet. Broil in preheated oven until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread each bottom bun half with 1 ½ tablespoon mayonnaise, top with 2 patties, and spoon 1 ½ tablespoons hatch chile salsa over top.
  5. Pop the top buns on, add a side of fries, and make your favorite restaurant burger jealous.

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