I love peppers. Especially peppers from the local farmers markets around New Jersey. I’m not really a "grill guy" and prefer to make burgers in a hot cast-iron skillet on the stove top. Smash burgers top my list in the summer.

  • 1/4-1/3 pound burgers seasoned with salt, pepper and a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce and your favorite hot sauce.
  • Roll the ground beef (at least 80/20 you need some fat!!) in a ball.
  • Get the pan supper hot, maybe a little bit of vegetable oil or almond oil to start if your pan is not seasoned enough from regular use.
  • Meat to the surface and then take a spatula and smash it into a patty while it cooks.
  • I add a little Montreal Steak seasoning to the top, flip and then season the other side.

As far as the pepper topping…

You’ll notice from the pic that there’s a delicious green sauce on the top of the melted cheese. That’s a simple creamy cilantro jalapeño sauce that I made form a recipe on epicurious.com.

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