Smashburger Takes Bite Out of Energy

Fast-casual restaurant chain lowers HVAC runtime, improves comfort levels

Smashburger is getting on the right track when it comes to reducing its energy use. The fast-casual, fast-growing better-burger eatery has deployed a Web-based energy management system that helps it identify energy cost-savings while also providing a consistent level of comfort.

The Best (Tasty!) Burger Toppings for Weight Loss You can have your burger this weekend – and all the toppings, too.

The Best (Tasty!) Burger Toppings for Weight Loss

You can have your burger this weekend – and all the toppings, too.

May 23, 2014

By Jenna Birch

Memorial Day is nearly here, which means lots of cookouts—complete with delicious burgers and hard-to-resist fixings. But unfortunately, some of those toppings can pile on tons of unnecessary calories.

That said, you don’t need to chomp on a completely naked burger to keep it low-cal. We tapped into the mind of flavor genius Tom Ryan, the founder and chief concept officer of Smashburger, a brand well known for its innovative topping combinations. “The key to building a burger is great taste and high-quality, fresh ingredients,” says Ryan. But that doesn’t need to include high-fat ingredients. In general, he suggests sticking to greens, veggies, lower-fat cheeses like cotija and parmesan, seasonings like cumin and sea salt, and low-cal, high-flavor sauces like no-fat Greek yogurt, ponzu and mustard.


Smashburger Showcases Burger & Beer Pairings in Manhattan

Last week, Smashburger hosted a burger and beer pairing dinner to celebrate both the recent opening of their Manhattan location (right next to the Empire State Building) and the start of National Burger Month. Founder Tom Ryan, craft beer consultant Chris Spradley, and filmmaker/ burger aficionado George Motz were on hand to share their knowledge alongside several of Smashbuger’s local specialties paired with beers from their region.


Denver’s Smashburger aims to raise stature in “better burger” segment

By  Steve Raabe The Denver Post

Posted:   02/04/2014 06:52:56 PM MST
New Smashburger CEO Scott Crane on Tuesday displays some of the food available at Smashburger’s first location, 1120 S. Colorado Blvd. in Glendale.

Running one of the nation’s fastest-growing hamburger chains may seem like  easy money. Open outlets, sell burgers, rake in cash.

But for Smashburger’s new CEO, Scott Crane, how do you top seven  consecutive years of double-digit growth?

By making sure that it becomes eight consecutive years, then going from  there. Crane’s plan is to stick to the template that has made Denver-based  Smashburger one of the nation’s fastest-growing players in the  restaurant segment defined as fast-casual, better-burger.

Category leader Five Guys Burgers and Fries has about five times as many  outlets as Smashburger’s 256, but Virginia-based Five Guys has been in business  21 years longer.

Crane, 40, took the reins in November after the departure of CEO David  Prokupek. Crane, however, is no newcomer. He has served as Smashburger’s  president since the company opened its first location on South Colorado  Boulevard at Mississippi Avenue in 2007.