Many of you have probably not heard of Smashburger yet. Smashburger is a new burger chain restaurant opening up on the east coast. Smashburger was started in Denver, Colorado with the mission to “be every city’s favorite place for burgers.” Their name is derived from the process used to cook burgers, which entails smashing a ball of 100% Certified Angus ground beef on a grill to "sear in the juices." Smashburger is similar to Five Guys, but has a more upscale feel. The real question always boils down to how good are the burgers and can they separate themselves from our dislike of Five Guys.
Smashburger’s menu as you would expect focuses primarily on burgers offering 5 standard burger options such as the All American Burger. The All American is topped with American cheese, ketchup, yellow mustard, onions and pickles on an egg bun. Each Smashburger also offers a burger tailored to the local area, so on the menu was also the New Jersey Smashburger. This had applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions, haystack onion, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a onion bun.
In addition Smashburger also serves chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads. Any and all meals can be custom made with a large selection of toppings and customization options. Smashburger offers a variety of sides, including sweet potato fries, fried onions, fried pickles, veggie frites and chili.
What We Ate:
Spicy Baja: topped with Pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a spicy chipotle bun.
Smashfries: tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic.
New Jersey Smashburger: topped with applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a onion bun.
Sweet Potato Smashfries:
The service at Smashburger was quick and friendly. You place your order at the counter and then when your burger is done it is brought out to your table. We went at lunch time while the place was packed and we got our food within five minutes of ordering. As you can see your food is plated nicely making it much more appealing than the burger we got at Five Guys. One of the first things we noticed is all of the topping were extremely fresh. The lettuce and tomatoes on both burger were very crisp.
The spicy baja had fresh jalapeno slices and it was topped with guacamole. The guacamole was of the premade variety but had good flavor. There was also a chipotle mayo which added a nice smokey flavor heat to the burger to go along with the pepper jack cheese. The burger itself was cooked in the same fashion as Five Guys, but managed to be less greasy. We would have liked it to be a little less greasy but over all it was not too bad. The meat was flavorful and served on chipotle bun. We did not really get the chipotle flavor from the bun, but it was still a good hamburger bun.
We are not sure what ingredients on the New Jersey Burger really connect to the area but that does not really matter. As with our other burger, all of the topping were fresh. There is a nice helping of haystack onions on the burger which are the Smashburger version of onion rings. They were seasoned well and crispy. The bacon was also served crisp which is not a given at many restaurants. They put just enough blue cheese on the burger to give it some tang without taking over the entire burger. This was a solid burger as well, not the greatest burger ever but it gets the job done.
Now we saved the best for last, the fries at Smashburger were the real stars of the meal. The Smashfries were cooked to a golden crispy goodness. They were then tossed in the right amount of rosemary, olive oil and garlic. These fries had so much flavor but not overloaded with garlic. We could not stop eating these in fact we could have used even more fries. The only good thing was that we also ordered the Sweet Potato Fries.
We thought the Smashfries were good, which they were. However the Sweet Potato fries were even better, they were some of the best sweet potato fries we have ever had. They were also cooked to a perfect crisp, and were seasoned with a bit of salt. The natural sweetness of the potato combined with the salt provides the perfect sweet a savory flavor. We will be going back for the fries alone.
Should Or Should Not Eat:
The fries at Smashburger make it a Should Eat for us. The burgers were good, but not anything too special. The fries however make a trip to Smashburger worthwhile. Next time we go we look forward to trying one of the chicken sandwiches as they look pretty good.
Ramsey, NJ: 984 Route 17 North > 201.327.8173