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By David Right

The Skinny on Smash Burgers

At Right Cream, we love all things delicious, and that includes keeping up with the latest food trends. One trend that has taken the culinary world by storm is the smash burger. If you’ve noticed the increasing buzz around these delectable patties and wondered what makes them so special, you’re not alone. Let’s dive into the popularity of smash burgers and why they’re becoming a favorite among food enthusiasts in Denver and beyond.

What is a Smash Burger?

A smash burger is a unique take on the classic hamburger. The key difference lies in the cooking technique: instead of forming thick patties, the beef is shaped into a ball and then smashed onto a hot griddle. This method creates a patty with a crispy, caramelized exterior and a juicy, flavorful interior. The high heat of the griddle ensures a perfect sear, while the smashing process enhances the beef’s natural flavors.

The Origins of Smash Burgers

The concept of the smash burger can be traced back to American diners and roadside eateries of the mid-20th century. These establishments often used the smashing technique to cook burgers quickly while maximizing flavor. However, the smash burger as we know it today gained popularity thanks to modern burger joints that have revived and perfected this old-school method.

Why Smash Burgers are So Popular

  1. Flavor Explosion: The smashing technique creates a Maillard reaction, where the beef’s amino acids and sugars react to form a rich, brown crust. This crust is packed with umami flavors, giving the burger a taste that’s hard to beat.

  2. Juicy Texture: Despite their crispy edges, smash burgers remain incredibly juicy. The quick cooking time ensures that the interior stays moist and tender, offering a perfect balance of textures.

  3. Simplicity: The simplicity of a smash burger is part of its charm. With just a few high-quality ingredients, you can create a mouthwatering meal that’s satisfying and straightforward.

  4. Speed and Efficiency: Smash burgers cook quickly, making them an excellent option for busy diners who want a delicious meal without a long wait. This efficiency has made smash burgers a popular choice at food trucks and fast-casual restaurants.

Smash Burgers at Right Cream

Denver’s food scene is vibrant and ever-evolving, and smash burgers have found a special place in the hearts of locals. At Right Cream, we serve our smash burgers one way: double patty, double cheese, homemade pickles, grilled onions, homemade "Pretty Good" Sauce, all sandwiched between a soft brioche bun. This combination ensures a perfect balance of flavors and textures in every bite.

Our dedication to quality ingredients and meticulous preparation has made our smash burgers a must-try for anyone in Denver. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite on your lunch break or enjoying a casual dinner with friends, our smash burgers are sure to satisfy your cravings.

How to Make Smash Burgers at Home

If you’re inspired to try making smash burgers at home, it’s easier than you might think! Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:


  • 1 pound ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced cheese (preferably American)
  • Burger buns (preferably brioche)
  • Pickles, grilled onions, and your favorite sauce


  1. Form the Beef Balls: Divide the ground beef into equal-sized balls (about 2-3 ounces each).
  2. Preheat the Griddle: Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat until it’s very hot.
  3. Smash the Burgers: Place a beef ball on the griddle and use a heavy spatula to smash it down into a thin patty. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook and Flip: Cook for about 2 minutes until the edges are crispy and browned. Flip the patty, add a slice of cheese if desired, and cook for another minute.
  5. Assemble and Serve: Place the cooked patty on a bun, add pickles, grilled onions, and your favorite sauce, and enjoy!


The popularity of smash burgers is a testament to their irresistible flavor and texture. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to the trend, smash burgers offer a delicious experience that’s hard to forget. Next time you’re in Denver, be sure to check out Right Cream and try our famous smash burger. At Right Cream, we celebrate all things delicious, and we’re excited to see this tasty trend continue to grow.