Try This Delicious 'San Diego Burger' Recipe From Smashburger

This delicious quarter pounder, which you can find at Smashburger, combines fresh Mexican ingredients like cilantro and lime with ripe California avocado and a sweet, custom-created bun. It’s the perfect balance of juicy burger and tangy toppings!

We think there's no better way to celebrate National Hamburger Day today, May 28th, than by making this delicious 'San Diego Burger' for dinner tonight! Enjoy.

San Diego Recipe at Smashburger
Courtesy of Smashburger
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Preparation time
  • Telera or torta rolls, or high quality white burger buns
  • 1 lb ground beef (prefer Certified Angus, 80-85% lean)
  • Pepper jack cheese sliced
  • Two fresh avocados, sliced into wedges
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves and tender stems only,  chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Leaf lettuce
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Mayo
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Unsalted butter, melted
  1. Separate the 1 lb ground beef into quarters, balling them into loosely packed meatballs.
  2. On a large hot griddle, paint 2-4 spaces with melted butter. Place the meatballs on the butter and smash for ten seconds with the back of a heavy spatula. Season the burgers with salt and pepper.
  3. Turn the burgers after two minutes and place the pepper jack cheese on the burgers to melt.
  4. Place the rolls on the griddle butter side down to butter toast the rolls.
  5. When the burger is done, place on the bun, drizzle with sour cream or yogurt, and top with 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro, 1/2 oz of chopped onion, three wedges of fresh avocado, two leafs of lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
  6. Spread 1oz of mayo on the top of the roll. Garnish with fresh lime for squeezing. That's our Pacific Coast inspired San Diego Burger!