In a prospective, randomized study seventeen patients received skin grafts to a freshly excised burn wound. One group was grafted with a deantigenized dermal matrix and immediately overgrafted with thin autograft. The second group was grafted with dermal matrix, which was then covered with bank allograft for protection, and autografted 1 week later. Each group also received a standard split thickness control graft. Assessment was carried out for up to 1 year. There were no statistically significant differences of graft take between any of the groups, or in the Vancouver scar score at follow-up. Thin donor sites used for dermal matrix coverage healed faster than standard control graft sites, P<0.001. Immediate grafting of acellular dermal matrix with thin autograft works well and leads to an acceptable late result, with faster donor site healing than standard split thickness grafts.