HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: How to Grill the Perfect Smash Burger

Learn the secret behind the popular smash burger from The Daley in Downtown Honolulu.
The Daley Smash Burger
Photo: Courtesy of The Daley

The smash burger is the ultimate summer barbecue burger.

It’s a thin patty, “smashed” on a hot griddle (with clarified butter) until the edges are crispy. Then it’s topped with American cheese, sliced onions and a special mayo-based sauce. It’s one of those easy-to-eat burgers that’s perfect with an ice-cold (preferably local) beer at the beach.

We asked the folks at The Daley—our go-to smash burger joint in Downtown Honolulu—to show us how they craft the burger so many of us in the office crave. (One of us—not me—ate there three times in a single week!)

Photo: Courtesy of The Daley

Hayden Peper, a manager at The Daley, shows up how to make the eatery’s popular smash burger—though he’ll never reveal what’s in that secret sauce!

Next time you’re on Oʻahu—and you’re craving a smash burger—head to Downtown Honolulu.

The Daley opened in August 2019 with a very short menu with just three burger options: a single Kunoa Cattle Co. beef patty, a double and a meatless Beyond Burger—all under $12. You can add crinkle-cut fries, a draft beer, shots and a soft shake—and that’s it. And honestly, that’s all you’ll need.

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