Smashburger– who doesn’t love hamburgers? Well, if you don’t they have chicken and black bean burgers that they will smash for you also. Gee, where do I start? When I was told this is not just your average hamburger spot, I was doubtful. After tasting some of Smashburger’s offerings at the Brick location press preview, I am no longer in doubt. Smashburger likes to call it “Immediate fast casual”, but this is no ordinary fast food spot.
A few things before I discuss the individual items. Every morning, they make lots of stuff, fresh. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but that includes the black bean burgers, the burgers themselves, the guacamole and the truffle oil-mayo, just to name a few.
While we were waiting for the burgers, they brought out the sides. Haystack onions with a Texas petal sauce, love that horseradish tang! And those onions are so thin; I just can’t imagine how they slice them that way? We were told they stole a little from the Italians for the Smashfries. These are tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. Make no mistake about it, these are GROWNUP fries; now don’t tell your kids that, they will eat them too. We also had the sweet potato fries and veggie frites, ideal taken from the French. These are carrots and green beans seasoned and quick fried. We also had their fried pickles, and these are on the SHHH, “secret menu”. I just love places with secret menus. If you are not familiar with this, it means it is not on the regular menu, BUT, if you ask for it they will make it for you. Cool, eh?
The first burger we tried was the Classic Smash. You know, American cheese, smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on an egg bun. Well, this is like NO burger you’ve had before. The smashing of the 5 or 7 oz burger in their own soon to be patented smasher makes this possibly the juiciest burger you’ve ever had. Yup! You can add or remove things as you see fit. It is all make to order.
Next up was the Truffle Mushroom Swiss. Wow! This is truffle mayo, sautéed baby portabella mushrooms and aged Swiss on an egg bun. As I already mentioned Smashburger makes a lot of things themselves. They couldn’t find a truffle mayo on the market they liked, so they made one they did like! I know I’m going back to get one again. Rich, juicy, dang!
Then came the New Jersey burger. It is mayo, tomato, lettuce, haystack online, bacon, grilled onion, blue cheese crumbles, on an onion bun. Now I know you are saying New Jersey Burger? “Where’s the pork roll?” Well, they tried it in the North Jersey market and it just didn’t sell. So, the NEW New Jersey burger was created. Absolutely delicious.
Now we had the BBQ, bacon & cheddar. This is BBQ sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and haystack onions on an egg bun. At Smashburger, knowing their market is very important, so they choose a BBQ sauce according to the area. We get K.C. Masterpiece. I don’t know about you, but it’s the BBQ sauce in MY pantry.
The next item hits 2 kinds of patrons who won’t eat or don’t want a traditional burger. It is the Spicy Black Bean burger. It’s appropriate for the vegetarian in your group OR the one person who wants Mexican food when everyone else wants a burger. The black bean burger itself is made there fresh and has 10 ingredients. Take that and add fresh jalapenos, guacamole, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun. And SPICY it is!
Well, I bet now you are saying you have someone who only eats chicken? Well, they’ve got a whole line of Smashchicken and salads. The Classic chicken is a fresh marinated, smashed chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion on a multi-grain roll. Now, you would think this smashed chicken breast would be dry, but again, nope. This was a moist and juicy chicken sandwich, the likes of which I don’t think you’ve had before.
The next chicken sandwich was their Avocado Club. Oddly enough, if you look at the pictures, I believe our chicken looks like the state of New Jersey. While they did not do this on purpose, what they did on purpose was to make another delicious combination. Fresh avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multi grain bun.
Let’s not forget the kiddies. I didn’t have any with me, but they have a 3oz burger for them in the kids meals as well as chicken strips or a hotdog. Something for everyone.
And as if this is not enough, and you really didn’t feel like a soft drink…they have incredible shakes. We tried Oreo, chocolate and Nutter Butter. And for the summer you can get the PB&J shake, after the summer, it will be on the secret menu.
Oh, yeah, you’ll see me back, Smashburger.
Cedarbridge Ave and Rte 70
Note: This contest has ended.
In honor of the Smashburger opening in Brick we are holding a giveaway for $25 Smashbucks, here’s how to enter:
- Follow @SmashburgerNNJ
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- Tweet us what you’d get with #25Smashbucks & use the #SCBDGiveaway hashtag
- Winner will picked this ***Wednesday 08/29*** at 6 PM EST
- Good luck!