Last week I decided I was going to start eating healthier….ummmm….yeah, it’s not going well as you can tell from the fact I am sharing Mac and Cheese Smashed Burgers with you today 😉
Maybe I will start next week with the healthy stuff, yep next week for sure 😉
We decided to live a little and go for the ultimate cheesy burger!
Leftover homemade mac and cheese is what I had in the fridge and it inspired this fabulous burger creation.
And the husband just got me a new flat top griddle for our grill and it was screaming for me to make smashed burgers.
This is how to make Mac and Cheese Smashed Burgers…
This is a pound of ground beef that I rolled into four balls.
The flat top was preheated to medium high for about 5 minutes.
Then I oiled it and placed the ground beef and SMASHED (hence the name “smashed burger” with a grill press until they were super thin.
Then season with kosher salt and pepper.
After about three minutes flip them over and you’ll see that gorgeous brown crispy crust.
That’s what makes smashed burgers extra delicious.
Right after flipping them add a scoop of leftover mac and cheese on each burger.
Yes, yes…some of the mac and cheese may fall over onto the grill.
Just add a little more on the burger and call the spilled mac and cheese a bonus snack.
Then a slice of colby jack cheese right over the mac and cheese.
Good news is the cheese keeps the mac and cheese in place as it melts.
Place the burger buns on the flat top for a few seconds to toast them if you prefer.
After the cheese is melted place each burger on a bun.
You can top your Mac and Cheese Smashed Burgers with whatever you choose.
I added BBQ sauce to mine and it was amazing!
The kids preferred them just like this.
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Mac and Cheese Smashed Burgers
Mac and Cheese Smashed Burgers start with a smashed burger on a flat top grill and topped with mac and cheese plus more cheese for the ultimate burger!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 Tbsp canola oil (or another oil with a high smoke point)
- kosher salt, pepper
- 1 1/2 cups leftover mac and cheese
- 4 slices colby jack cheese
- 4 burger buns
- Optional toppings: BBQ sauce, ketchup, lettuce. pickle, etc
Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and roll each into a ball.
Heat the flat top griddle over medium high heat for a few minutes (or could use a cast iron skillet). Spread the oil evenly and place the balls of ground beef on the flat top.
Press each down to a very thin patty with a heavy spatula or grill press. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Cook 3 minutes and flip.
As soon as you flip the burgers, top each with the leftover mac and cheese and a slice of colby jack. Cook 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
Optional: Place the buns cut side down on the flat top for a few seconds to toast them if desired.
Place each burger on a burger bun and add additional toppings of choice.