Smash Burger Tacos Recipe / A Yummy Twist to Your Taco

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Smash Burger fan? You must try these smash burger tacos. It’s the craze!

Put your patty on a tortilla instead of a bun. It’s a yummy twist to your taco!

The combination of a crispy beef patty, a flour tortilla, and all the toppings make this a quick and super delicious meal.

You can make these smash burger tacos in a few different ways.

  • Regular Taco style
  • Fajita style
  • Hamburger style

All you do is add different toppings.

smash burger taco

Regular Taco Style Smash Burger Tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef, rolled into 2-ounce balls
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped tomato
  • Cilantro
  • guacamole (optional)
  • Salsa
smash burger tacos

Fajita Style Smash Burger Tacos

  • 1 pound ground beef, rolled into 2-ounce balls
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green, red and yellow peppers (grilled or roasted)
  • Sliced onions (grilled or roasted)
  • Chopped tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • sour cream (optional)
  • guacamole (optional)
smash burger tacos

Hamburger Smash Burger Tacos

  • 1 pound ground beef rolled into 2-ounce balls
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • Pickle slices
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Burger sauce (recipe below)

Burger Sacue

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 TB pickle relish
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • Black pepper

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together and set aside.

Smash Burger Tacos Instructions

Things come together fast on the grill, so ensure you have all the ingredients prepped and ready before you start.

smash burger tacos press

Here are a few tips before you start making your tacos.

  • Always use flour tortillas, because they’re more absorbent and the meat sticks better.
  • Make sure you season your meat with salt and pepper.
  • Always use a flat top or a griddle. Use a burger press or a heavy spatula to smash the burgers.
  • Feel free to alter the cheese type or toppings to your liking.
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Smash Burger Tacos Directions

Step 1: Roll the beef and get ready


Roll the beef into 2-ounce, slightly larger-than-golf-ball size balls.

Get all the toppings ready and prepare the sauce if you are making hamburger-style tacos.

Step 2: Fire up the griddle


Turn some of the burners on high heat (where you’ll cook the burger) and others on low (for a cooler spot to rest the tortilla side after you flip).

smash burger tacos flip

Step 3: Smash and toss

Place the beef balls onto the griddle, then quickly place a tortilla flat on top and smash it down with a press or spatula.

I like this cast iron burger press.

It works great for cooking bacon as well.

Make sure to press down until the burger is very thin. This allows the burger to cook quickly and get that crispness that is key in a “SMASHBURGER.”

Don’t worry if the burger comes to the edge of the tortilla or is a little bigger.

Cook the burger for ONLY 2-3 minutes, or until the meat is dark and crisp.

Then scrape and flip the taco to the cooler side of the griddle (make sure it’s the cooler side so the tortilla doesn’t get too crisp).

The patty on the left resembles a regular smash burger without the tortilla. 

Step 4: Adding the toppings

Regular Tacos:

Add your toppings, fold them, and enjoy.

Fajita Style Tacos:

Add the grilled veggies and other toppings

Hamburger Style Tacos:

Once you’ve flipped the taco and it’s on the cooler side, add a slice of American cheese and let it melt. Add pickle and special sauce and serve immediately.

I like to prepare all the fixings and let each person make their own hands-on tacos.

Enjoy!

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Smash Burger Tacos Recipe / A Yummy Twist to Your Taco

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If you’re a Smash Burger fan, try serving these thin crispy meat patties on a tortilla instead of a bun. It’s a yummy twist to your taco that I think you’ll love.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Ready in20
  • Yield8 tacos
  • Serving Size2

INGREDIENTS

  • Regular Taco Style Smash Burger Tacos

    • 1 pound ground beef, rolled into 2-ounce balls
    • Salt and pepper
    • 8 small flour tortillas
    • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
    • 3 cups Shredded lettuce
    • Chopped onion
    • Chopped tomato
    • Cilantro
    • guacamole (optional)
    • Salsa
  • Fajita Style Smash Burger Tacos

    • 1 pound ground beef, rolled into 2-ounce balls
    • Salt and pepper
    • 8 small flour tortillas
    • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
    • Sliced green, red and yellow peppers (grilled or roasted)
    • Sliced onions (grilled or roasted)
    • Chopped tomato
    • Cilantro
    • Salsa
    • sour cream (optional)
    • guacamole (optional)
  • Hamburger Smash Burger Tacos

    • 1 pound ground beef, rolled into 2-ounce balls
    • Salt and pepper
    • 8 small flour tortillas
    • 8 slices American cheese
    • Pickle slices
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Burger sauce (recipe below)

INSTUCTIONS

1

Roll the beef into 2-ounce, slightly larger-than-golf-ball size balls.

Get all the toppings ready and prpeare the sauce if you are making hamburger style tacos.

 
2

Turn some of the burners on high heat (where you’ll cook the burger) and others on low (for a cooler spot to rest the tortilla side after you flip).

3

Place the beef balls onto the griddle, then quickly place a tortilla flat on top and smash it down with a press or spatula. I really like this cast iron burger press.

Make sure to press down until the burger is very thin. This allows the burger to get cook quickly and to get that crispness that is key in a “SMASHBURGER”.

Don’t worry if the burger comes to the edge of the tortilla or is a little bigger. Cook the burger for ONLY 2-3 minutes, or until the meat is dark and crisp.

Then scrape, and flip the taco to the cooler side of the griddle (make sure it’s the cooler side so the tortilla doesn’t get too crisp).

4

Regular Tacos: add you toppings, fold and enjoy.

Fajita Style Tacos: add the grilled veggies and other toppings

Hamburger Style Tacos: Once you’ve flipped the taco and it’s on the cooler side, add a slice of American cheese let it melt. Add pickle, and special sauce and serve immediately.

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Jan Howell

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