The Parchment Paper Trick For Cleaner Smashed Burgers

Smash burgers are a delicious and popular variation of the traditional hamburger that have taken the culinary world by storm. These burgers are made by smashing a ball of ground beef onto a hot griddle, creating a thin, crispy, caramelized crust that packs in an intense beef flavor (via Our Modern Kitchen). This method of cooking burgers has become a favorite among foodies and burger enthusiasts alike, but it can be tricky to remove the patty from the cooking surface without it falling apart. That's where a common kitchen staple comes in: parchment paper.

Parchment paper is a thin, non-stick sheet that is often used in baking, and it makes a perfect addition to the world of smash burgers (via Martha Stewart). By topping the ball of ground beef with a piece of parchment paper, you can easily press the patty firmly onto the cooking surface without it sticking to the utensil according to Vincent's Meat Market. But easy transfers and clean tools are not the only reason parchment paper is key to building the perfect smash burger.

Parchment paper has other benefits too

Not only does parchment paper make removing the patty from the spatula or patty press a breeze, but it also helps to keep the patty intact. The non-stick surface of the parchment paper allows the beef patty to keep its shape because it prevents any parts of the patty from sticking to the smashing tool and tearing as you pull it away from the patty (via From Michigan to the Table). This means that the patty will be more uniform, and will therefore cook more evenly — you'll end up with a perfectly cooked burger every time.

Another benefit that makes parchment paper so convenient is that it's disposable. You can simply throw it away after you've finished cooking your burger. While you can use the same piece of parchment paper for more than one burger, you will likely need to use more than one piece of paper if you are making a lot of smash burgers. 

So, parchment paper is a must-have for anyone who loves to cook smash burgers. Its non-stick surface makes it easier to remove the patty from the cooking utensil, while its ease and disposable nature make it a great option for quick clean-up. Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, parchment paper is the key to creating the perfect smash burger. So, go ahead and give it a try — your spatula will thank you.