As many of my loyal followers know, I'm a big burger fan. As I indicated in my last Tiers of a Burger ranking, I've cut back on my burger intake recently primarily because of the over saturation of burger joints and food trucks in South Florida. Nevertheless, I couldn't resist stopping by the newly opened Smashburger located next to Total Wine in North Miami.
Smashburger is a rapidly expanding fast casual burger parlor that employs a highly complex and top secret "smashing" technique. It's doubtful that you will find a medium rare burger on your plate after being smashed but you never know.
On my first date, being a burger purist, I opted for the classic smashburger which was accompanied by American cheese, ketchup, leaf lettuce, tomato slices, red onion, pickles, and smash sauce on an egg bun.
My burger was good but flawed. It was overly salty which may have been the work of a heavy handed smasher or the result of the smashing procedure. Hopefully, it was an isolated incident because over seasoning doesn't work for me. Additionally, the American cheese was on the thick side and slightly overpowering. The smash sauce which appeared to be a mustard, mayonnaise, relish combination was good but awkwardly placed on top of the large leafy lettuce instead of the burger. The egg bun was properly sized to support the burger and toppings but I wasn't crazy about the taste or its texture.
I'm a big french fry fan and had to try their Smashfries as well as their traditional ones. Both were a huge disappointment. So weak that I doubt I would order them ever again and that is nearly impossible when ordering a burger. Gun to my head I would opt for the Smashfries.
I know I'm sounding overly critical for a first visit but they are national big boys and should be ready to play. In fairness, I actually liked the patty itself and thought the smashing provided a nice crusty texture.
It's not in the same league as Shake Shack but that's a lofty comparison since most aren't. The jury is out for me but I will definitely be back for a second date.
14730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33181