Smashburger Buffalo Burger

Smashburger Buffalo Burger is a bit unusual, as it is a hamburger, but it is prepared “buffalo” style. You so often find buffalo chicken sandwiches, but at Smashburger you can get a buffalo-style burger.

homemade Smashburger Buffalo Burger with blue cheese

Smashburger Restaurants

Smashburger makes some of the best burgers you will ever find in a restaurant. They use high-quality ingredients and they make everything to order.

It’s hard to go wrong when burgers are handcrafted burger patties seared and seasoned to order using fresh, never frozen beef.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Butter
  • Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Seasoned salt
  • Ground beef chuck
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Brioche hamburger buns
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded, optional
  • 1 tomato sliced, optional
Smashburger Buffalo Burger ingredients

Ingredient Notes

I recommend using ground chuck for this recipe. It has the right amount of fat to lean ratio to make a flavorful burger.

The supporting cast for this burger includes a brioche bun, so it isn’t your average burger bun.

Buffalo Burger Toppings

The Smashburger Buffalo Burger is dressed very simply.

You will make a homemade buffalo sauce and you will need crumbled blue cheese. I personally like Maytag blue cheese, if available, you may want to purchase this, if not, use what your grocery store sells.

If desired you can add tomatoes and fresh lettuce to this recipe.

homemade Smashburger buffalo burgers with blue cheese crumbles

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How to Cook a Smashed Burger

Let’s address the cooking technique for this burger. The meat patties are first formed into a ball, then the burger is literally smashed onto the hot grill when it is cooked.

When you physically smash the burger onto the grill you will help force the meat to brown and get crispy on the surface.

You will also liberally season the burger with homemade seasoning. It’s important to season the burger while cooking so the best flavors are brought out.

Smashburger uses a griddle to cook their burgers. If you don’t have a griddle at home, I recommend a good old-fashioned cast-iron skillet. They do a wonderful job of browning meat. One of the characteristics that make Smashburger so good is the browning of the ground beef.

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo sauce is the sauce of choice for this burger. You will make a simple buffalo sauce.

I do have a brand recommendation for this sauce recipe. My recommendation is Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce has a great flavor, it isn’t too hot, and it has a well-rounded flavor. Unlike Tobasco, it gives flavor in addition to heat.

Everyone that loves buffalo-style food is going to love this burger!

three homemade Smashburger buffalo burgers

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homemade Smashburger Buffalo Burger with blue cheese

Smashburger Buffalo Burger

You love buffalo chicken sandwiches, but this is the same sauce in a burger. This delicious Buffalo Burger is topped with homemade Buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Burger, Burgers, Smashburger Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 795kcal


Buffalo Style Sauce

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 4 ounces Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Burger Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt

Burger Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 4 hamburger buns brioche style
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded, optional
  • 1 tomato sliced


  • Prepare hot sauce by combining all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until butter is melted, and all is well blended. Set aside. 
  • Prepare burger seasoning by combining kosher salt, ground black pepper, and seasoned salt in a small bowl. 
  • Divide ground chuck into 4 different portions. Roll meat into a ball. Heat grill to a medium-high heat. Place meat portions on the grill. Press meat into the grill, and then liberally season with burger seasoning. Flip meat patty once the bottom has browned, season the top of the burger. Brush buns with butter, and toast on the grill. 
  • To assemble burger place down the bottom bun, the burger, add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot sauce to the burger, and then top burger with blue cheese crumbles. Add shredded lettuce and tomatoes if desired.


Calories: 795kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 3854mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. LillyGlover

    5 stars
    Im so hungry when come here. I need a big burger right now. I must go to the supermarket right away.

  2. Sheri

    Hi… I am looking for a copycat recipe for a place in Ojai California… By the name of… The deer lodge… They serve an incredible roasted brussels sprouts… Any ideas?

  3. Baltisraul

    Just love this burger!! Made them tonight for my Friday night poker group, I just know they are going to love them. Did them on the grill and are keeping warm in the oven. Agree with you on Tobasco Sauce. Heat with no flavor. Frank’s, Cholula and Crystal are all in our home. If I wanted a full-house I would add Sriracha and Texas Pete. You sure do offer some great recipes!

    • Stephanie

      I hope you enjoy this recipe. I loved how Smashburger used beef instead of chicken for this one. I bet they will be great on the grill! Good luck tonight!

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