What is a Smash Burger?

Burgers, burgers, burgers! Is there anything more exciting than sinking your teeth into a juicy, flavorful burger? If you're a Kingston burger enthusiast like us, you've probably heard of our latest sensation: smash burgers! But what exactly is a smash burger, and how does it differ from the traditional burger we all know and love? Buckle up because we're about to dive deep into the sizzling world of smash burgers!

What is a Smash Burger?

Let's start with the basics. A smash burger is a type of burger that's made by smashing a ball of ground beef onto a hot griddle or skillet. This smashing action creates a thin patty with a crispy, caramelized crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and flavorful. It's all about maximizing surface area to get that perfect Maillard reaction – that magical process that gives foods that irresistible browned and savory flavor.

The Smash Technique

The smash technique, a hallmark of smash burgers, involves a unique approach to crafting these delectable patties. Unlike traditional burger-making methods, where patties are gently shaped, smash burgers require a more hands-on approach. It begins by forming a loose ball of ground beef, typically 3 ounces. Once the cooking surface, whether it's a hot griddle or skillet, reaches a smoking hot temperature, the beef ball is placed onto it. Then, with a swift and firm press using a spatula or dedicated burger press, the ball is smashed down to about 1/4 inch thickness. This quick and intense searing action creates a thin patty with a crispy, caramelized crust while retaining the juicy tenderness inside, making every bite a flavor-packed experience.

For the perfect smash burger experience we start with high-quality ground beef locally sourced from the Kingston area, ideally an 80/20 blend for optimal juiciness and flavor. We ensure the flat top is thoroughly heated before smashing the beef, as a properly hot and ready grill essential for achieving that crispy exterior. While smashing, we apply firm pressure but avoid over-smashing to maintain the patty's moisture. We then generously season both the patty with salt and pepper to enhance the flavors. We always allow the cooked patty to rest briefly before assembling your burger; this resting period helps redistribute the juices for a juicy bite every time. And of course, our award winning Lotzah Burger is topped with cheese, pickles, onion and our signature Lotzah! Sauce.

Two Smashed Lotzah Burger Patties
A Walkaround of the Lotzah Container Kitchen

The Lotzah! Difference

The perfect smashed patty is just the beginning! All of our creative monthly specials and limited time items are built around the all mighty smash burger. The unique flavour and texture is enough to elevate any combination of toppings, and that’s exactly what we do! We've smash burgers with Pineapple, peanut butter, bison, and fried eggs and we're always trying to some up with the next fan favourite. Come get one today!