Smashburger Is Latest To Entry In Columbus’ Burger War

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Smashburger's Grilled Chicken with Swiss cheese and mushrooms.

Smashburger’s Grilled Chicken with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. Photo by Rich Terapak Sr.

Every once in a while I have to return to the Central Ohio search for the best new burger.

A recent poll by Burger Beast put Columbus’ iconic Thurman Burger in the top 40 in the country. And why should we be surprised, when after all we are the home of White Castle and Wendy’s and have developed a very sophisticated palate for burgers.

Well there is a new boy in town and although a franchise out of Denver, it still is in only one location in the area and therefore deserves this blog’s attention and the departure from our usual practice of not doing national chains.

Smashburger is located in Gahanna at 109 N. Hamilton Rd. in a brand new center just north of Granville St. and the high school. Talk about location. A second location in Westerville is set to open this month, according to Smashburger’s web site.

As for the burgers, some claim they are as close as we get to the famous west coast In-N-Out Burger as they have experienced this side of the Mississippi.

The preparation technique is simple enough and gives the burger its name. A ball of ground angus beef is put on a sizzling hot griddle and literally smashed down and quickly seared on both sides. The result being a crispy, thin but not dry, completed cooked through burger.

They come in two sizes, 5 and 7 ounces, and with eight different offerings from the Classic, my favorite, with American cheese, smash sauce, which features thousand island dressing without the relish, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on an egg bun, to an Avocado Club with slices of avocado, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multi-grain bun.

Prices are $5.99 or $6.99 depending on the size of the burger. You can also create your own combination with several different buns, cheeses and toppings.

There are similar offerings with grilled chicken as the protein. Our family loves the fries which are tossed in rosemary, garlic and olive oil, as well as the sweet potato fries.

In order to stay up with the burger wars in town I think it is worth an outing, although you may want to ignore the nutrition information.

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The senior Rich Terapak has been the resident restaurant reviewer for WOSU 89.7 for more than 15 years. He has taught cooking as a hobby for over 35 years, first with Jim Budros and for the last 30 plus with Steve Stover. (All of whom are amateurs, but zealots none the less.) Rich has been involved in menu planning for countless charitable events for decades and has often cooked for them as well. He has served as chair or honorary chair for several food related events, most recently as chairs with his wife, Roberta, along with his son and daughter–in-law, Rich and Cindy, for the granddaddy of them all, the CORA Food and Wine Gala for 2012. In his professional life Rich is a partner with the law firm of Porter Wright in Columbus and co-chairs the Health Care practice there.