By: Misty Fowler
A group of us were invited to a special sneak preview of Smashburger today. We got to try literally everything on the menu, and I must say it was fabulous!
I had been skeptical of the idea of them smashing the burgers when they go on the grill. Everyone knows that if you squeeze a burger, all the flavorful juice comes out! But, their method works, and it works well. Apparently, when they put the burger on the grill, they smash it for 10 seconds or so, to sear it. And all the juice is locked in! Theres a reason that their slogan is The best burgers youve ever tasted.
The first burger I tried was the Mushroom Swiss. It came with veggie frites, which were amazing! Flash fried asparagus, carrots and green beans.
The next item that showed up at my table was the Baja Cobb, with chicken, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce, then topped with spicy chipotle sauce, guacamole and jalapenos. Yum!
A Chicago Dog made its way past me, and I was pretty thrilled by it, too. However, I think the Chili Cheese Dog was the best thing besides the burgers and veggie frites.
Ok, so I have to admit when I tasted the various burgers, I was thrilled, and thought nothing could top that amazing burger patty. But then I ate the Veggie Frites and couldnt decide which was better. But, somehow that Chili Cheese Dog ranked right up there. Im indecisive, I know!
This monster of a salad also made its way by my table, called The Smashwedge. Everything is better with bacon, right?
This post would be incomplete if I didnt mention the smashfries, which are tossed with rosemary, olive oil, garlic and some other herbs. I couldnt get enough of them! While I adored the veggie frites, if were talking potato based fries, there are none better than smashfries!
Ive heard a few people trying to compare it to 5 Guys Burgers, but I cant say that I think there is any comparison. I recently went to 5 Guys with some friends, and while the burger was pretty good, I didnt care for the fries at all, and I left feeling like I needed a shower to rinse off the grease. While Smash Burger isnt exactly health food (unless youre going for the salads), it wasnt extra greasy. And the perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked burgers really are to die for.
Here is our very full and very satisfied group right before we left:
I think Ill be back with my kids in a couple of weeks, after the initial rush has died down just a bit, and Ive recovered from the feeling of having literally tried everything on the menu.