Dinner, Lunch

BBQ Griddled Smash Burgers

Cooking method:

Ninja® Foodi® XL Pro Grill & Griddle
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 34 mins
  • Skill easy
  • Serves 4 people

BBQ Griddled Smash Burgers

TIP: To achieve the perfect smash burger, place one portion of ground beef between two pieces of parchment paper. Then using a plate, gently press until 1/4-inch thick.



  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef blend
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • Ground black pepper, as desired
  • Garlic powder, as desired, optional
  • Onion powder, as desired, optional
  • 4 slices cheese, American or cheddar
  • 4 hamburger buns

Toppings (optional)

  • Tomato, sliced
  • Red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard

Cooking mode

When entering cooking mode - We will enable your screen to stay ‘always on’ to avoid any unnecessary interruptions while you cook!


  • Step 1

    To install the grill grate, slide it into the front of the base so it hooks in, then press down on the back until it clicks into place. Place griddle on top of grill grate so it sits flat.

  • Step 2

    Select BBQ GRIDDLE, set temperature to 400°F, and set time to 14 minutes. Close hood and press the dial to begin preheating (preheating will take approximately 10 minutes).

  • Step 3

    Separate ground beef into 4 equal portions. Shape the beef into flat, thin patties, approximately 5 inches wide and ¼-inch thick.

  • Step 4

    Season the patties on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

  • Step 5

    When unit beeps to signify it has preheated, open hood and use a non-metal spatula to add the burgers to the griddle. Firmly press each burger down for 5 seconds. Leave hood open while cooking.

  • Step 6

    When unit beeps and the display reads FLIP, flip the burgers and cook for 4 minutes.

  • Step 7

    If a more well-done burger is desired, add an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cheese and press down to adhere. Close the hood and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.

  • Step 8

    When cooking is done, remove the burgers. Add the burger buns to the griddle and toast for 2 minutes. Once toasted, remove the buns and build burgers with desired toppings.