Diner Burgers

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Like your burgers smashed with lots of nooks and crannies for cheese? Here’s your recipe for thin but amazingly juicy diner burgers!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck steak
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 2 hamburger rolls
  • Your choice of toppings: lettuce, ketchup, mayo, mustard, relish, sliced pickle, etc!


  1. Divide the ground chuck into 2 portions and season the portions with salt and pepper.
  2. Gently form them into 4 piles that are held together ever so loosely. Not patties, just round piles.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan or a griddle to medium high, and add butter. When the butter is melted, increase the heat to high and add the piles. Using a spatula, press down on them until they are spread about 1/2 inch thick. Cook them for two minutes on the first side WITHOUT moving them.
  4. Fllip them over carefully and lay a piece of cheese on top and cover the skillet (if you are using a griddle, a large pot cover will work for this). Cook one more minute until the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove the burgers to a plate and let them rest for a minute or so. Place them on rolls with your choice of toppings. With this type of burger, it’s totally fine to use two patties per burger – yet another reason to love diner burgers best!


This recipe is for medium rare burgers. If you like your burgers more well done, simply increase the cooking time on each side by a minute or two. One way or the other, add the cheese during the last minute of cooking.