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Classic Smashed Burgers

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Note: For best results, ask your butcher to freshly grind beef for you, or do it yourself at home. This post shows three different methods, while this one will show you how to buy, use, and care for a meat grinder. You can use straight ground chuck, or for better flavor, use a blend of short rib, brisket, and chuck or oxtail meat. Patties can also be cooked one or two at a time using a smaller skillet.

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