Smashburger

Smashburger
165 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW
  • Telephone 0141 332 4554
  • Opening times Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11am–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–10pm
  • Email
  • Website smashburger.co.uk
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Smashburger

Upmarket US fast-casual chain doing well-seared smashed burgers, thick milkshakes and contemporary interior design.

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Situated on pedestrianised Sauchiehall Street, Smashburger is well placed for hungry shoppers who fancy cranking their fast food experience up a notch. Fashionable industrial-chic features meet McDonald’s-style components – registered trademarks dotting the menu, counter service, a self-serve Coca Cola machine, plus an attractive but underused-looking upstairs dining area. The USA chain’s USP is the ‘smash’ bit – basically squishing a meatball between a mammoth, mechanical clamshell grill, which cooks the burger in just 70 seconds. The result is a thin, well-cooked pattie with a raggedy-edged homemade appearance. This all works well if going for the classic cheeseburger, for example, because the simple toppings make the unique taste of the burger sing. If choosing a pimped-up option, such as the Local Smash – rich stilton offset by tangy chutney and crispy bacon – you might want to bang an extra pattie in or else the taste of beef might go astray. Sweet potato ‘smashfries’ coated in olive oil, rosemary and garlic are great – if slightly greasy. And who needs dessert when you can have a milkshake made with Häagen-Dazs, served with a spoon because, yes, it’s that indulgent.

The List's rating
5.2

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Erica Goodey visited Smashburger on 18 January 2018
  • High point: Better than your average takeaway burger
  • Low point: Difficult to ditch the corporate chain feel
  • Notable dish: The Classic Smash Cheeseburger, with American cheese, Smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion on a Smash bun
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Coarse, cheery pop
  • Capacity: 120
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £16 per bottle