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Oktoberfest Smash Burgers

Oktoberfest Smash Burgers

Recipe by Todd Toven

Serves 4

Time:  30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


  • 16 oz. sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 can Samuel Adams Octoberfest or comparable beer
  • 1 1/4 pounds of ground beef, rolled into 8 (2 1/2-ounce) balls
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard dressing or yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • OR instead of honey mustard and apple cider vinegar, Fat Boy Natural BBQ Apple Cider Honey Mustard is great for this recipe! (Can purchase on Amazon)
  • 4 pretzel sandwich buns
  • Mayonnaise, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for the griddle
  • 8 slices of Muenster or Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Turn Blackstone griddle to high heat. Place Dutch oven or skillet on griddle top or side burner.
  2. Add sauerkraut and beer to the skillet, stirring while it heats. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle olive oil onto the griddle top. Place ground beef balls on griddle. Smash each into a patty using parchment paper and Blackstone's Burger Press.
  4. Season patties with salt and pepper, to taste. Add cheese to each patty. The burger patties will cook quickly, so keep an eye on them.
  5. Mix honey mustard dressing with apple cider vinegar, set aside.
  6. Spread mayo on inside surfaces of buns. Toast buns on griddle top, mayo sides down. Remove when browned as desired.
  7. Put the burgers together! Remove buns, add the mustard and apple cider vinegar sauce on each bun, two patties with cheese, sauerkraut (drained) and then top bun.
  8. Enjoy!

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