As you walk into the new Smashburger at Owenfield Drive and Windbrush Avenue, along U.S. 23 at Lewis Center, a sign immediately explains the restaurant’s name.
The sign says the burger starts out as a “never-frozen ball of one hundred percent certified Angus beef.”
Owner/operator Drew Hansen described what happens next.
“We cook our meat in a smashing process,” Hansen said. “We put a raw burger patty down on a buttered 400-degree grill and smash it for 10 seconds with a special plate, which forms it into a burger and sears it into the grill. Then we put our special seasoning on there, and when it’s done, all the juiciness and flavor is sealed into it.”
The burger is placed on an egg bun with your choice of sauces, toppings and add-ons, such as a fried egg.
A popular item is the Buckeye Burger, which includes fried banana pepper rings, American cheese, haystack onions (thin, crispy onion rings), lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
The chain also puts a twist on its french fries, which are tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic.
Hansen said the menu has more variety than the Five Guys Burgers and Fries across the street on U.S. 23, with grilled or fried chicken, four types of salad and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes, malts and floats.
Hansen said the new restaurant, which will open April 23, will employ 32 people.
“A realtor pointed out that this was a high-traffic, high-density population area, one that we need to be in,” Hansen said of the location.
This is Hansen’s third Smashburger in the area, with other restaurants in Westerville and Gahanna.
“I have the territory rights to all of Delaware County and the northern part of Franklin County, so we will definitely expand in both directions,” he said.
Smashburger, which calls itself America’s fastest-growing “better burger” chain, was founded in 2007 and has more than 260 restaurants in 30 states.