Walk Talk Nutrition visits Smashburger®

Smashburger

Black Bean Avocado Burger with Veggie Frites

The RD team visits Smashburger®, a burger franchise that’s expanding nationally.  According to the Smashburger® website, excellent ingredients and the unique cooking method makes the burgers delicious.   We liked it because there are so many choices to build healthy burgers.  Healthy eating isn’t just salads.

The burgers come in 3 patty sizes.  While you can certainly load up on a large cheeseburger with french fries and a soft drink, you can also choose a small burger, loaded with vegetables on a whole grain bun, accompanied by Veggie Frites — flash fried string beans and carrots.  Kathy ordered a small burger with spinach, cucumber and goat cheese on a whole grain bun:

  • 500 calories
  • 12 grams saturated fat
  • 23 grams protein

Donna ordered the Black Bean Avocado Burger with bacon (very little), no mayo, no cheese:

  • 500 calories
  • 6 grams saturated fat
  • 19 grams protein

We split an order of Veggie Frites (220 calories), instead of Smashfries (470 calories) or Sweet Potato Smashfries (420 calories).

The Smashburger® Kids’ menu includes chicken strips, a small burger and small french fries, as well as an option for organic milk or juice.

The main point being: the customer can make the choice, or not, to put together a healthier meal.  You aren’t stuck with no options besides the same old cheeseburger and fries.

The main drawback to Smashburger® and other places like this: cost.  This isn’t the place for people who can’t, or won’t, pay more than a dollar or two for a burger.  Kathy’s small sized burger, with plenty of vegetables and a whole grain bun, was $6.  The Black Bean Burger was similar.  The Veggie Frites are $3.

By the way, we were both very impressed by the Black Bean Burger.  Not that either of us are vegetarians, but it just tasted really good, with a nice texture.  It’s made with cheese and egg, so it’s not vegan.  It had about the same calories as the small-sized beef burger, but was much larger.

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