Just last week I visited new burger joint Smashburger in Glasgow after receiving an invite from the lovely little PR team behind this ‘smashing‘ place. Planting its seed in Denver, Colorado back in 2007, Smashburger soon came to dominate the burger industry with over 370 restaurants worldwide, making its mark in 9 different countries with room for extra. Just last month Smashburger landed on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow and I’d heard through the grapevine that this was one place not to miss. Here’s the thing though, you can go to any food place in the world and you’ll always see the word burger sprawled across the menu, so what makes the burgers at Smashburger stand out from just any other place? Well, this was exactly what I was going to find out on my visit.
On arrival we were welcomed by the fantastic Gundy who explained the vision, mission and philosophy of Smashburger before telling us a few of his favourites on the menu, which is always a nice added touch and usually influences the decisions I come to make. News had spread about the famous local burger known as the Tagias Stack made with only the best Scottish haggis, bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg, showing that this American branch can fit in with the local culture too. Before I had even entered the place I had decided I was getting this, so I was slightly disappointed to find out they had no haggis that evening, but that didn’t stop me from indulging myself in a burger just as amazing as this one would have been.
After giving us some time to get our heads around the many options on the menu, David opted for a BBQ bacon and cheddar crispy chicken burger, whilst I went for the Bacon and cheese beef burger with….wait for it…a fried egg. First impressions can completely seal the deal for me so everything really came down to this burger. The first bite brought smiles all round, this was one good burger and for any of you who are questioning a fried egg being planted on top of a beef patty, just trust me on this one, it’s a game changer. These burgers are not only super fresh, but made to order, which I’m sure will go down well with all you burger lovers who like to experiment and enjoy a little bit of customisation.
For sides we got french fries, haystack onions, and even fried pickles, which Gundy kindly put on for us to try. Pickles are one thing I’ve instantly disliked, despite the fact I’ve never even tried them to know that I dislike them. Despite this, I gave them a try and they weren’t for me, that’s not to say they’re not good because EVERYONE at Smashburger loves them, I’m just fussy. Thanks to Smashburger though for even encouraging me to try them cause otherwise I never would have went near them. On the other hand, haystack onions are my new found love, they’re a whole lot thinner than normal onion rings but that’s what makes them so unique and tasty, my hand couldn’t stop dipping in and out of the basket for more.
As if I had just ate all of the above and could still have room for dessert, that can’t be right? Oh, but it was…as soon as I seen the word churros displayed on a card on the table I had already mentally ordered them in my head. It’s hard to find a good place that does decent churros, and after my first amazing experience with them at a lovely little Spanish restaurant years ago I’ve struggled to find anywhere to be on par with them…then came along the churros at Smashburger. Sugary, warm and with the most delicious little pot of chocolate dipping sauce, this was a great end to a great dinner. Smashburger is one to look out for if you’re in the city centre of Glasgow and looking for a burger stop, the service is great, but the burgers are even better. As Arnold would say, “I’ll be back.”