Chef Tune's Sweet Onion Smash Burgers

What's better than a burger? A smash burger! Made with simple ingredients, and lots of sweet onions, these mouthwatering smash burgers will definitely be a hit at your next gathering and are a fan favorite for cookouts and tailgates.

This recipe was created for RealSweet by celebrity chef and Food Network Chopped champion, Chef Shannen Tune of and

  • 1 lb 70/30 ground beef, portioned in 4 oz balls
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup sliced pickles
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 potato buns
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat griddle to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  3. Place meat on griddle, smash with a spatula, and then top each burger with sliced onions.
  4. After 3 minutes, flip burgers and top with American cheese.
  5. Grill buns, inside down, while cheese is melting. Once buns are toasted, place pickle on bottom bun and then top with burger patty and top bun.

For info on safely handling and preparing ground beef, check out these FAQ's from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service

If you like this recipe, try our All-American Burger with Grilled Sweet Onions!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes



Tags: Dinner | Tailgating