Smashburger Coming to Twin Cities

Minnesotans searching for the perfect hamburger will soon have a new option.

The Smashburger chain of burger joints plans to offer its first Minnesota location – at 3900 Silver Lake Road in St. Anthony, northeast of Minneapolis – in May.

The Denver-based chain started in 2007 and has 10 restaurants in Colorado, Kansas and Texas. A spokeswoman for the chain didn’t immediately know what it’s future expansion plans are, though another restaurant is opening next month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Smashburger is part of a “better-burger” category that also includes chains such as In-N-Out Burger, and Five Guys. The restaurants generally charge more than mass-market fast-food burger places (a similar comparison would be Chipotle vs. Taco Bell).

Smashburger’s average meal costs $8 to $9 and it gets most of its business from dining-in customers.

The chain serves Angus-beef burgers with sides including smash fries, haystack onions and veggie frites. Non-beef lovers have a choice of smashchicken sandwiches, salads and smashdogs.