Twitter Is Divided Over Michael Symon's Cheeseburger Opinion

Chef Michael Symon is known to like a good burger. His idea of "good" includes the Bacon Cheddar Smash Burger, which is stuffed with cheese and bacon that is cooked to crusty perfection by pressing the patty down when it first hits the hot pan, as seen on "Good Morning America." In a recent Twitter post, he told followers his favorite burger is a "smashed cheeseburger on a potato roll with pickles, shaved onion and hot mustard with a little mayo." Not everyone was a fan.

One user said, "I just like normal cheese burgers ^-^ no onions. ^-^."  The award-winning chef and Food Network star's post was met with disapproval by a Twitter follower who thought smashing was a recipe for a dry burger: "Smashing out all those good juices. Shame on you." Symon clapped back by replying, "Can't 'smash' juices out of raw meat" and then quote tweeting, "U obv have never made a smash burger."

But while one user electronically got up in Symon's grill over his burger preference, Alex Eadie came to the chef's defense and tweeted, "I love when random Twitter people tell an IRON CHEF that he's wrong, lol." Others said the burger sounded "awesome" or "delicious." At least a handful of people wondered what a smashed cheeseburger is.

Does Twitter agree on what a smashed burger is?

Fast-food chains like Smashburger feature burger patties that are flattened out, deliciously crusty, and becoming very popular–depending on who you ask, especially if you don't ask some of Michael Symon's Twitter followers. His Twitter post got some pushback when some people couldn't agree with his preference for smashed cheeseburgers. But it might be because they are divided on how a smashed burger is made.

According to Blackstone, making a smashed burger properly involves pressing the raw patty down for about the first 30 seconds of cooking and not smashing it again. If done right, it should lock in the juices and create a yummy crust. Over-smashing, the site says, can lead to those complaints about dryness that some people have. Notably, Symon's recipe for his Bacon Cheddar Smash Burger also instructs people to "immediately smash down [the patty] and place a press on top" (via "Good Morning America").

But when a Twitter user told Symon that smashing burgers "does, indeed, smash out all the juices," they tried to back up that claim by saying they've had smashed burgers many times and had even recently eaten at Shake Shack. They also claimed to have gained their burger knowledge in culinary school. Symon replied in a tweet, "That's not really a smash burger .. that's a griddled pattie .. different."

To smash or not to smash? It seems that Twitter won't fully agree with one man's opinion on the best way to cook a patty.