Viral Smash Burger Tacos

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Savory Fusion Delight: Viral Smash Burger Tacos

Taco lovers, burger enthusiasts, and culinary adventurers prepare to embark on a tantalizing journey through the world of culinary fusion! Enter the realm of “Smash Burger Tacos,” a unique, mouthwatering combination of your favorite elements from both burgers and tacos. With savory, juicy ground beef patties, zesty sauce (secret sauce), and a medley of fresh toppings, these delectable treats offer a delightful twist on traditional taco night.

Serve this with Pineapple Rum Punch. Also, try my nacho recipes.

A plate of Viral Smash Burger Tacos with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce.

Viral Smash Burger Tacos & Secret Sauce

A warm, soft tortilla cradles a perfectly seasoned, thin beef patty that’s been smashed on a hot griddle to achieve the crust. The crispy edges has a tender center that bursts with flavors.

The seasoning features a blend of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, and adds depth and complexity to every bite.

Next, the sauce is mayonnaise, pickle relish, ketchup, mustard, and a hint of hot sauce. To me, the sauce is what truly elevates this meal. It’s creamy, tangy, and subtly spicy, creating a symphony of flavors that perfectly complements the savory meat.

Finally, the toppings bring it all together. American cheese melts beautifully over the hot patty. Crisp dill pickles, fresh lettuce, sliced onions, and ripe tomatoes provide the perfect balance of crunch and freshness.

Every bite of these tacos offer a yummylicious blend of textures and tastes.

Three tacos on a wooden cutting board.

What do I need to get started?

Viral Smash Burger Tacos are a delightful marriage of two beloved comfort foods. The succulent, crispy beef patties paired with a zesty, creamy sauce and fresh, crunchy toppings make for an unforgettable dining experience.

These tacos offer a fresh take on classic flavors, combining the best of both worlds. Perfect for casual weeknight dinners or as a show-stopping party dish, Smash Burger Tacos will have your taste buds dancing in delight.

  • Mayonnaise – for the sauce
  • Pickle relish
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Hot sauce – Frank’s Red Hot or other
  • Ground beef
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tortillas
  • American cheese
  • Dill pickle
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Tomato
A plate with various ingredients for making a burrito.
The ingredients for texas tacos are laid out on a white table.
The ingredients for a cheese dip are laid out on a table.

A plate with meatballs, cheese, lettuce and other ingredients.
A frying pan with meat and vegetables on it.
A frying pan with tortillas, cheese and other ingredients.
A wooden cutting board with burgers and toppings on it.
Four tacos on a wooden cutting board.

Three Viral Smash Burger Tacos on a wooden cutting board.
Three Viral Smash Burger Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

Viral Smash Burger Tacos Tips

  • Use something heavy or press hard with a spatula until the hamburger is smashed thin. 
  • The hamburger is super thin and will cook quickly.
  • You can serve these flat, or if eating as a taco, fold as soon as it comes out of the pan.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Four Viral Smash Burger Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

Viral Smash Burger Tacos FAQ

Can I use ground turkey or a meat alternative instead of beef?

Absolutely! You can experiment with ground turkey, chicken, or plant-based meat substitutes to create Smash Burger Tacos that cater to your dietary preferences.

What kind of tortillas work best for these tacos?

Soft flour tortillas are the classic choice, but you can also opt for whole wheat, corn, or gluten-free tortillas if you prefer.

Are there variations for the sauce?

Of course! Feel free to tweak the sauce to suit your taste. Add more hot sauce for extra heat or adjust the mayo-to-ketchup ratio to create a different flavor profile.

Can I customize the toppings to my liking?

Absolutely. Toppings are where you can get creative. Try avocado, jalapeños, sautéed mushrooms, or any other favorite ingredients to personalize your Smash Burger Tacos.

Three Viral Smash Burger Tacos are sitting on a table next to a beer.

You will fall in love with the flavors and texture of these tacos. Be sure to make plenty because everyone will ask for seconds. They’re easy to prepare, endlessly customizable, and guaranteed to be a hit at any gathering. Gather your ingredients, fire up the griddle, and get ready to enjoy the best of both worlds in one delicious bite!

Last but not least, I have more of these delicious Mexican flavors in recipes that’ you’ll love! Try Mini Taco Nachos, Quesabirria Stack {Cheese Birrias Taco Stack}, Chicken Taco Bites, Spicy Taco Oyster Crackers.

Viral Smash Burger Tacos on a wooden cutting board.
A plate of Viral Smash Burger Tacos with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce.

Viral Smash Burger Taco

When it comes to tacos, the possibilities are endless. From traditional fillings like carne asada and fish to more unique combinations like Korean BBQ and buffalo chicken, there is a taco for every taste. One of the latest trends in the taco world is the smash burger taco. Combining the flavors of a classic burger with the convenience of a taco, these tasty treats are sure to satisfy any craving. Get ready to take your taco game to the next level!
Author: Paula
5 from 30 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Lettuce shredded
  • Onions diced
  • Tomato sliced


  • Combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and garlic powder together.
  • Combine the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper together, then divide into 8 equal portions and roll into balls.
  • Heat a skillet on medium high and place a hamburger ball in the middle of the pan, add a tortilla and immediately smash the hamburger as flat as possible with a spatula or hamburger smasher. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip and add a slice of cheese. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Cook the remaining tacos.
  • Remove from the pan and fold while still hot.
  • Add all your favorite toppings and serve.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1165mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Want to know what to serve at a kid’s slumber party? It’s these tacos. I had never made these before, but I had the kids assemble a tray with all the condiments, and then they built their tacos. I am keeping this recipe for game day, when everyone here chowing down.

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