When it comes to gourmet burgers, top chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Bobby Flay and Laurent Tourondel—not to mention the Danny Meyer–led team at the Shake Shack chain, which has rendered thin, crispy smash burgers très chic—have set the standard. With a solid foundation and some clever tweaks, such as the ones provided in the six recipes here, you can achieve equally delicious results at home.
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