Wish You Were Here: Smashburger – Clearwater, FL

We Got Our SMASH On!
by Heather Lindsay Sell, ShoutOUT®, November 13, 2016

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Disclosure: Smashburger invited ShoutOUT® to participate in a tasting event at their newest Clearwater, FL location. They provided all of the samplings in order to provide my honest opinion on the experience. The opinions expressed here, however, are entirely my own and based completely on my own thoughts and experiences.

Ever hear of Smashburger®? I hadn’t until I was invited to a tasting event last week at their newest Clearwater location. Oh what a scrumptious experience! Be sure to watch the slideshow above to sneak a peek at our tasting adventures.

Smashburger®, only the 2nd in the Tampa Bay area, is feeding the area’s growing gourmet hamburger appetite with their buttery wares, signature “smashed” burgers, and premium fresh ingredients.  Their mission, simply stated, is to craft and serve better burgers. As far as I’m concerned, mission accomplished!

What exactly is “Smashburger®”? Smashburger®, a boutique burger chain, acquired its name from the “smash” process employed when grilling the meat. The 385° heated grill is brushed with unsalted, clarified butter, then the meat is peppered with signature seasonings and “smashed” for a set period of time, expertly sealing in the meaty juices and creating an idyllic caramelized crust. Simply blissful!

So many items to choose from! Select anything from the Classic Smash to a Truffle Mushroom Swiss to the Spicy Jalapeño Baja or their Tampa Bay exclusive Medianoche, and more. Insanely delicious! You also have a choice of proteins: Fresh, never frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef, Black Bean burgers, or all-white chicken. Spicy chipotle, classic egg, multi-grain, and even Gluten-free Udi’s buns are available!

Suggestions of what to order when you go? Start with the Classic Smash (piled with American Cheese,  Smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles & red onions on a buttery-toasted egg bun), a side of Veggie Frites (lightly flash-fried carrots & green beans lightly seasoned with garlic seasoning), and a creamy handspun milkshake (crafted with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream) – heavenly! My fave milkshake, so far anyways, is the Salted Caramel milkshake. Sweet and salty.

On my next visit, I plan to try the Avocado Club Smashburger® (stacked with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing & mayo on a multi-grain bun), the Chocolate Oreo milkshake, and an order of Sweet Potato Smashfries.

From the butter-brushed toasted buns to the strategic order of placed condiments and generous servings of premium, fresh ingredients to the full-flavored satisfying meatiness of the burgers, I was utterly impressed and my taste buds forever thankful.

Ready to get YOUR smash on? Visit Smashburger®’s newest location at 5300 E Bay Drive, Clearwater, FL and look for more locations to open up soon. Here’s a link to the Clearwater location’s menu. You can also follow them on Facebook:

Already tried Smashburger®? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below!

Many thanks to Rod, Craig, and the Smashburger® staff for hosting us and for their incredible hospitality! I’ll definitely be back!



If you know of a place for the “Wish You Were Here” series that you’d like to recommend, or are interested in ShoutOUT® helping generate BUZZ for your business or event, please email Heather at contact@shoutoutinc.com. Would love to hear from you!



About ShoutOUT

In 2009, I started sharing my experiences, food, travels, and events, along with all of the incredible people and businesses I was meeting and discovering. What began as a fun hobby had such an overwhelming response, in 2010 ShoutOUT was born! I continue to stretch the boundaries locally, regionally, and nationally, discovering, sharing and connecting as I go.
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