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This isn’t just your ordinary smash burger recipe. This is a journey through mouthwatering burger perfection including bacon, manchego cheese, and a eye popping Argentinian galimaro sauce! A tribute to the late owner of Hodad’s in San Diego, CA, this burger is not to be underestimated.


  • 80/20 minced beef
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 thick slice sweet white onion
  • 1 thick slice Manchego cheese
  • Sesame seed buns
  • Argentinian Galimaro sauce
  • Kosher salt & black pepper

Bossman Mike’s Argentina Style Smash Burger Recipe

You will need a couple of tools for this smash burger recipe, namely a burger smasher, a flat-top griddle, and a sturdy spatula with a beveled edge. You could substitute these tools with other kitchen utensils if you are creative enough. But if you want to make more of these, which you definitely will, these two tools will make your life infinitely easier.

One thing you might want to prepare in advance is the bacon. Hodad’s uses a simple trick to take their bacon to a whole new level: chopping it up and boiling it for 2 hours before frying it. This way the bacon is re-hydrated, and after grilling it has a fluffy, crispy chicharones texture that works wonders on your burger.

So, let’s get going! As soon as your flat-top griddle is hot enough, lay down some vegetable oil, and start by cooking the bacon. Also, give the sweet onion a grill (pro tip: coat the onion with vegetable oil as well to give it a nice color!). You only want to grill the onion to the point just before it gets caramelized, to retain its texture.

Now, for the patty: form a ball of beef and place it on the flat top. Using a piece of parchment paper to avoid sticking, push it down with the burger smasher for 10-15 seconds. Remove the smasher and paper, throw some salt at it, and sit back while it is grilled to perfection… Flip it once you see the color “climbing” up the sides, and salt the other side as well. Yum!

You’re almost there! It’s time to grill the¬†Manchego cheese. Place it on the flat-top. Once you can see a nice crust forming on the bottom, flip it over with your beveled spatula. Add a little Galimaro sauce on top- this will start fusing with the cheese,a truly KILLER combination.

Last thing: give the buns a quick toast, and proceed to assemble your very own Argentina style smash burger!

Let us know if you try it!

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