This weekend I got the VIP treatment at Charlotte’s soon-to-be opened SMASHBURGER.

I’d never been to a Smashburger before—and had to do a little googling to learn the story behind the name.

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My research tells me the name Smashburger comes from the process used to cook burgers, which entails smashing a ball of 100% Certified Angus ground beef on a grill to sear in the juices (thank you Wikipedia!).

So how does that method play out on their chicken sandwiches?? Well, when the BF’s Spicy Baja SmashChicken sandwich came out I was surprised to see even the chicken was smashed into a large thin breast:

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The spicy baja sandwich was smothered with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo, and fresh jalapenos on a chipotle bun:

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The guacamole was the piece de resistance!  SO DELICIOUS!

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I went with the Mushroom Swiss mini-smashburger on an egg bun:

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This wasn’t just a burger—this was a BURGER burger!  I took one bite and my eyes fluttered closed in the trademark “oh-my-god-this-is-so-friggin-delicious” Mary fashion.

This girl LOVES ketchup:

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I also secretly love mustard Smile

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While I was in absolute Burger Bliss, we were brought some mini-shakes to sample:

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We had apparently moved from Burger Bliss to Burger Heaven Smile

The man’s favorite was the Banana Pudding Shake.  My favorite was the Nutter Butter:

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Ohhhhh yessssssss…

As if that weren’t enough deliciousness, the awesome folks at Smashburger also brought us some SmashFries seasoned with rosemary to sample:

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AND some fried pickles AND some haystack onions:

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The BF getting to work:

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This was a serious amount of food. My favorite of the three sides were definitely the fries.  The rosemary was just plain addicting!

Overall we had one great meal at Smashburger.

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I’m excited to go back once they open the doors!

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