KOLO Cooks: Chef Jonathan Chapin recreates smash burgers without setting off the fire alarm this time

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 11:03 AM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of Morning Break! It’s also the one year of KOLO Cooks with Chef Jonathan Chapin from Reno Recipes. For this special celebratory episode, Chapin wanted to recreate one of his most infamous KOLO Cooks dishes... the smash burger! Back in February 2022, Chapin’s smash burgers caused so much smoke that the fire alarms in the building went off, the fire department came to our rescue and the bosses were not too happy with us. However, it’s been nearly a year and we’re still on air so I don’t think anyone is getting fired any time soon.



  1. On medium heat, cook bacon and onions. Set aside.
  2. On medium high heat, place beef in pan.
  3. Squish flat and add salt, pepper and Mama Ray’s.
  4. After flipping the burgers, add onions (doused in a little bit of Big Horn Olive Oil), bacon and cheese on each patty and cover for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour small amount of whiskey in pan and cover again.
  6. While cheese melts, mix Woody’s and mayo in a bowl then spread on bun.
  7. Stack patties on bun and voila!

Reno Recipes would also like to thank Se Ecglast for the knives, Roselee Wood Working for the gorgeous cutting boards, Valentich for the aprons, Bryan Nolte for his assistance behind the scenes, Soul Spa for making everyone feel their best and Siren Salon and Spa for Jonathan’s great hair.