What’s the “Smash” in “Smashburger” mean?

SmashBurger_logoYou may have eaten at a Smashburger, or at least driven past one, but what puts the Smash in Smashburger? The great folks at Smashburger Houston invited me to the City Centre location to find out.

The first step is grabbing one of the fresh meat balls (not a single frozen patty to be seen), and smashing it into the grill with a smashermajiggy. I’m making the word up, but it’s probably called a mould or something. Either way, you smash it onto the grill for about 10 seconds.

How to Smash a Smashburger

How to Smash a Smashburger

The grill sears in the meat on that side, and caramelizes it to the grill top. It’s actually kinda stuck. Luckily, the store manager, Daniel, was there to help show me how to scrape it off and flip it. I picked the BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar (which also comes with onion rings on top), so once it’s flipped, it gets sauced and cheesed on the grill, scraped off again and placed on the bun.

Once it’s topped with the onion rings, it’s starting to look pretty amazing. The big is normally $6.99, with a regular-sized burger at $5.99, but you can’t forget the Smashfries with rosemary, olive oil and garlic – you really can’t beat the Smashfries.

Not only did Smashburger cover lunch, but they also provided 52 coupons – a burger a week for a year! Many thanks to Smashburger for that! (Writing this blog post was not a condition of getting the coupons, but it was such an awesome experience I wanted to share!)

Here’s some more pics from the day:

Choosing The Right Smashburger

Choosing The Right Smashburger

Keeping things clean

Keeping things clean

OMFG Bacon!

OMFG Bacon!

Time to Devour the Smashburger!

Time to Devour the Smashburger!

Also, here’s a vine of how we made the Smashburger: vine.co/v/hq5933eKxn5 

And another enjoying the Smashburger: vine.co/v/hq5LT2l3lAq

There’s 14 Smashburgers in Houston, and several hundred locations nationally. If you haven’t tried them, here’s their restaurant locator.

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