The Sunstone Smash Burger

The Sunstone Smash Burger

Pairs perfectly with our 2019 Syrah, SYV


Sunstone Smash Burger with Cheddar and Grilled Onions

Serves 4


16 thin bread and butter pickles

4 brioche buns, toasted and buttered

1 ¼ lbs. ground beef chuck, (at least 20% fat)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 small onions, sliced paper thin

4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

*Simple Garlic Aioli


*Simple Garlic Aioli Recipe

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed



Heat a cast-iron griddle until very hot. (Alternatively, cook on a grill with an open flame.)

Loosely form the ground beef into 4 balls, without over-working the meat.  Place the giant meatballs on the hot griddle and cook for about 30 seconds, then using a firm metal spatula, flatten each ball into a round patty.  Season liberally with salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes, or until it’s well-seared.

Top each burger with a good handful of sliced onions.  Using the spatula, carefully flip each burger so the onions are on the bottom.

Top with the cheese and cook for 2 more minutes.  Cover the burgers with a lid to help melt the cheese until it’s gooey.

Spread a bit of the garlic aioli onto the buns, top with the pickles and then transfer the burgers onto the buns and serve.