I love burgers. Like, love. They are one of my favorite foods- I know that’s super corny, but what can I say. I love a GOOD burger. Lots of places, almost anyplace, makes burgers. But how good are they? That is to be decided. Most are dry, or greasy, or plain. But when I find a truly good burger- made well, cooked well, or even with fun or interesting flavors- that’s it, hooked for life. Or until a new chef comes and ruins the recipe! LOL
One of my favorite places, and one that is rapidly growing in my home state of NJ, is Smashburger. While it is a chain, many in this area are owned by a local husband and wife team, who take their restaurants very seriously. When you walk into Smashburger, you order at the counter as you would from a fast food restaurant, and then you are given a number to place on your table. A server brings the food to your table once it has been properly smashed (or cooked).
SmashBurger’s menu is more expansive than your average fast food burger joint by offering salads, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and chicken sandwiches in addition to burgers. They also have several varieties of fries (shoe string variety) like rosemary or sweet potato, as well as milkshakes like mint oreo. Yes, mint oreo The beef SmashBurger uses fresh, never frozen, pucks of 100% black Angus chuck, and come in two sizes—1/3-pound and 1/2-pound. Both use an 80/20 meat-to-fat ratio. The meat ball is placed on the griddle surface that has been greased with butter, then the patty is then smashed using a two handed press. The patty is held down for 10 seconds and seasoned as it is cooked.
You can get nearly every kind of burger you can think of, from a classic, to a black bean, to the BBQ bacon and cheese topped with BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and haystack fried onions. My personal, and surprise favorite? The mushroom Swiss burger topped with garlic sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and mayo. My husband loves the New Jersey Smash- Applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo on an onion bun. (Every state gets it’s own burger.)
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