The other day I finally tried Smashburger. I can honestly say that it was the first fast food burger and fries I've had in almost ten years. Our grass-fed burgers and homemade French fries at home are so delicious, and good for us, too, that I never really cared. Besides, who wants a burger that contains meat from hundreds of different cows, don't you think that's gross? And fries cooked in genetically modified, rancid gut-buster oils? No thanks.
So first watch this video…
What a shocker, huh? 100% Grass-fed burgers and they can even tell you the cow it came from!!! (See my sad update below…)
An even bigger shocker is that their fries are cooked in beef tallow!!!! And oh my gosh, with the rosemary and garlic on them, wow! I'm totally trying that at home next time we make fries. (See how I make fries at home and where I get beef tallow for healthy frying.) But there is the 14% canola oil – that's a bummer. I wonder why they add that anyway? At least I didn't feel sick at all after eating it like I do any other time a fake industrial oil gets into my system.
So what do you think? Would you eat there? Or would that 14% keep you away?
UPDATE AND MAJOR BUMMER. Some readers in the comments noticed that the grass-fed claim wasn't on their website. As sweet as Veronica was, unfortunately she was wrong. I'm not sure where she got her information, and I really should've known better and checked this out more thoroughly. But I'd heard the grass-fed claim as they were going up around here and then she was so confident… Dumb dumb dumb of me, I'm sorry. I called corporate and the guy said, no, their burgers are not from grass-fed cows, some might be, but they don't guarantee that. I told him that if they're not actively seeking that out, then I'm sure they're not grass-fed, because that would be a higher quality, more expensive product. He assured me that their meat is “high quality Angus”, but they couldn't source grass-fed on such a large scale as they'd need. I said, “Well, it's not the kind of quality that my readers are looking for, but thanks anyway.”
So you may or may not still be willing to eat there, at least to enjoy the almost all-tallow fries, or their shakes made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream, but for us it will be a once in a while thing, and I don't know if we'll get a burger. For now we'll definitely keep enjoying our amazing 100% grass-fed burgers here at home!