Smashburger: Burger Joint Review for Dads

I’ve only been to Smashburger once with my beautiful wife for lunch on Black Saturday (if that's a day) when we got to run out sans kids to do some holiday shopping.

Smashburger's atmosphere was completely different from Meatheads and Five Guys. It was stark and modern, not homey or retro diner inspired like the other two respectively.

The food was good but the "Smash" burgers were huge and we didn’t even get the Big Smash. These are the size burgers you make at home, not the thin patties that most places are putting out now and doubling or tripling like Meatheads and Five Guys.

I got the BBQ Cheddar burger to stay consistent for the reviews while Courtney got the Spicy Baja. Mine unfortunately came with just those toppings, cheese, bacon and a thin layer of bbq sauce. Oh, and onion rings. Win.

While it was tasty I could barely tell there was any sauce at first and missed fresh fixins.

Courtney's on the other hand looked awesome with plenty of toppings.

We ordered a side of Smash Fries and a side of onion rings. It's the only place of the three to offer onion rings, or straws to be accurate. And they were very good. I'd highly recommend them. The Smash Fries are very different too. They're thin and fried in olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary and garlic. Great idea. They taste light…of course the calories tell a different story. They also offer traditional fries.

The BBQ burger rang in at 950 calories and 27 grams of saturated fat. That's 110 calories and 9 grams of fat more than the Texas Ranch burger I had at Meatheads. The Smashfries will set you back 520 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat, less calories but more fat than Meatheads' spuds. The Haystack Onions are 560 calories and 17 grams of fat. But the dipping sauce — which is yummy — will cost another 240 calories and 3.5 grams of saturate fat.

The kids meals are a great deal at $3.99 for a burger, fries and drink. Total for two adults and two kids would be $27.52, $5 less than Meatheads.

We'd take the kids there for sure to try another burger or one of the chicken sandwiches. A kid's Smashburger is 520 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat just slightly worse than Meatheads. Kids fries are 270 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat also slightly more than Meatheads.

Afterwards I definitely felt full. The bloat was there and I don't think I ate much dinner that night.

Editor's Note: All burgers reviewed were paid for by me. All calories consumed went to my gut.