I don’t often eat at chain restaurants but I had heard good things about Smashburger from some co-workers so I figured I’d give it a go. Before I went I did some research online and found out that in each city they have a speciality burger geared toward the local demographic.
The restaurant is in Sherwood Park and I found it a bit hard to find (mostly cause the GPS was being difficult). Once I did find the place I went in and perused the menu which is above the ordering counter. The way this place works is you order at the counter and pay then they give you a number on a stand and they will bring your order to you when it’s ready.
I ordered the Albertan burger (local flavor). It comes with Montreal seasoned grilled onions, cheddar cheese, 40 Creek Whisky BBQ sauce, and fried egg on a kaiser roll. I asked for it on the egg bun as I had heard that this was similar to a brioche bun (nice and light and fluffy). I also opted for the “big” burger size since I wasn’t ordering my own side.
When my burger came out the patty was hanging over the edge by about 1/2″ all the way around the bun! Fantastic first impression! I hate when the bun to meat ratio is off. I dug right in. The meat was well seasoned and moist, in my opinion the onions could have been cooked a little longer and there were a few too many of them, the cheese was sufficient for the burger size, there was a good amount of BBQ sauce on it too. Now for the egg… Personally I didn’t think it added much to the burger. It was fried over hard. If the yoke had been soft it would have added to the juiciness of the burger but as it was it was just there not doing anything.
My coworker had ordered a regular sized burger and the meat to bun ration was also acceptable. She also ordered the smash fries which she generously let me try (I don’t typically eat fried foods anymore which was why I hadn’t ordered my own). The fries are a smaller almost shoe string cut fry and the smash fries come seasoned with olive oil, rosemary, and garlic and were quite tasty and nice and crispy.
Thanks and until next time, enjoy your adventures!