Seekh Kabab Smashburger Patties

“Smashburgers” remain my favorite way to cook burger patties. Not only does this require little prep work (fulfilling Neghae’s MIME criteria), the patty develops a crispy outside with a juicy inside.

For this cook, I experimented with three different seasonings: Garam Masala (nowadays available in most grocery stores) vs Tikka Shan Masala (available on Amazon if access to Indian/Pakistani grocery stores is limited) vs Seekh Kabob Shan Masala (also available on Amazon). When making smashburgers, the seasoning is added during the cook, not beforehand. So it becomes easy to experiment.

Which go best with smashburgers? Garam Masala vs Tikka vs Seekh Kabob
Garam Masala vs Tikka vs Seekh Kabob. Which go best with smashburgers?

All three made tasty burgers, although there was one clear winner:  Seekh Kabab. The bold seekh kabab flavor melded well with the smokiness from charcoal and the beefiness of the thick patties. Garam masala didn’t add much flavor – kids called it “plain.” Tikka was also quite tasty, but not as much as seekh kabab.

 

Seekh Kabab Smashburger Patties Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 80/20 Ground Beef (any less fat and the burger won’t be as juicy)
  • Seasoning of your choice – I recommend the Seekh Kabab Shan Masala (available on Amazon). If using garam masala, make sure to add salt and pepper.
  • Cheese (optional) – I prefer sharp chedder
  • Onions (optional) – chopped into small-to-medium size pieces

Equipment 

Directions:

  1. Prepare the grill and let it heat up to 400-500 degrees (medium-high heat). Put  the skillet/griddle in the grill and let it heat up with the grill.
  2. Form the ground beef into spheres. I like to make them quite large – probably 6-8 oz.
  3. Place meat on the skillet/griddle for about 30 seconds.

    Smashburger meat before being smashed
    Smashburger meat before being smashed
  4. Smash the burger. If adding the onions, smash half-way, then sprinkle onions on top and smash again; this will press the onions into the patty.
    Smashburger smashed half-way
    Smashburger smashed half-way before I add onions

    Onions added and smashing them into the patty
    Onions added and smashing them into the patty
  5. Sprinkle on seasoning. Be liberal with the seasoning since only the outside patty surface gets exposed

    Seasoned patties for smashburger
    Seasoning applied liberally. (Note: i forgot to smash in the onions into the meat in this batch, which is why they’re sitting on top)
  6. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, flip, and season this side
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes

    Nice crispy crust on the smashburger patties
    Nice crispy crust on the smashburger patties
  8. (optional) I flip again, put cheese on top and close the grill for 30 seconds to let the cheese melt. I also seasoned the cheese to get more flavor in.
    Smashburger - cheese added
    Cheese added. Also added some seasoning to the cheese.
    Smashburger - cheese melted
    Cheese melted.

    Smashburger
    My smashburger

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