Smash Burger Tacos Are The Perfect Indecisive Dinner

You’ll never have to choose between burger night or taco night with these fully loaded smash burger tacos. It’s the ultimate comfort food hybrid with a crispy, juicy, thin beef patty, melty American cheese, and all the classic burger fixings loaded onto a toasted flour tortilla. And of course, I had to include a classic burger sauce and sesame seeds to top it all off. Keep on reading for more smash burger taco tips and tricks.

What’s the best seasoning mix for smash burger tacos?
I love our classic burger seasoning for its blend of brown sugar, paprika, and garlic, but feel free to swap in your favorite savory spice mix. Taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or even adobo seasoning would be a great place to start experimenting.

How can I serve smash burger tacos?
Ready in under 45 minutes, these are easy enough to crank out on a weeknight night alongside your favorite brand of frozen French fries. To make these even easier, don’t worry about topping each one. Turn the toppings into a burger bar and let folks mix and match for their perfect smash burger taco.

What kind of toppings go on a smash burger taco?
Anything you would put on a burger or a taco can go on a smash burger taco so the options are almost endless but of course, I've got some examples to get your idea wheels going.

Mushroom Swiss: Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions

Classic Taco: taco seasoning, pico de gallo, avocado, and pickled jalapeños

Breakfast-Style: Bacon crumbles, fried egg, chives, and hot sauce

Fajita: grilled peppers and onions, pepper jack cheese, and guacamole

Did you try making this? Let us know how it went in the comments!

Yields: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 40 mins


Burger Sauce

  • 1/4 c.


  • 2 tbsp.


  • 1 tbsp.

    sweet pickle relish

  • 1 tbsp.

    yellow mustard

  • 1 tsp.

    hot sauce

Smash Burger Tacos

  • 1 lb.

    ground beef

  • 6

    (5") flour tortillas

  • 2 tsp.

    store-bought or homemade burger seasoning, divided

  • Kosher salt

  • 6 tbsp.

    neutral oil, divided

  • 6

    slices American cheese, divided

  • 18

    thin bread-and-butter pickle slices

  • 1 c.

    shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 3 tbsp.

    chopped yellow onion

  • White sesame seeds, for serving


Burger Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, mustard, and hot sauce until combined.

  2. Make Ahead: Sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Cover bowl and refrigerate.

Smash Burger Tacos

  1. Divide beef into 6 portions about 2 1/2 oz each. Top each tortilla with a portion of beef. Using a fork, flatten beef on top of tortilla into an even layer, leaving a 1/2" border. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon burger seasoning; season with a pinch of salt.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil and swirl pan to coat. Arrange 2 tacos beef side down and press into skillet to flatten with a sturdy spatula or burger press. Cook, undisturbed, until beef is browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip tacos, top each with a slice of cheese, and cook until cheese is slightly melty, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a baking sheet. repeat with remaining burger tacos.

  3. Top each taco with burger sauce, pickles, lettuce, onion, and sesame seeds.

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