As tempting as it is to walk into Smashburger and order a Double Bacon Smash Burger with a side of smash fries and milkshake, it's best to do some research before indulging that craving. This Colorado-based burger chain's tagline is "Quality Service and a Better Burger," but there are some menu items to avoid if you value your health. Here are 7 items on the Smashburger menu to think twice about before ordering.
1. Smoked Bacon Brisket Burger
We know how delicious this item sounds. Few things are more decadent than a Certified Angus Beef burger with smoked cheddar cheese, brisket, applewood smoked bacon, pickles, and BBQ sauce on a toasted brioche bun. However, just one of these burger as 950 calories, half of your recommended calorie content for a day! If you get a double, the calories ring in at 1290. Not to mention, the 2260 mg of sodium aren't doing you any favors. To avoid sluggishness and a food coma, go for the Classic Smash Burger at 640 calories.
2. Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger
You may be attempting to choose a healthy-ish option when you choose one with truffle mushrooms. However, the Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger is no healthier than any other options, and it actually has even more fat than many others because of the combination of truffle mayo, the patty, and the toasted bun. This entrée has 680 calories, which sounds way better than the Smoke Bacon Brisket Burger, but it's still not ideal if diet is important to you.
Plus, if you add a side like French fries or sweet potato fries, the calorie count jumps up to over 1000. Instead, go for one of the vegetarian black bean burgers, which are around 600. Better yet, the Classic Grilled Chicken Sandwich has under 500!
3. BBQ Bacon Cheddar Crispy Chicken Sandwich
This Smashburger menu item is another that will ruin your diet for the day. With 880 calories, 45 calories fat, and 2410 mg of sodium, this meal is as unhealthy as you can get. If you get a side of smash fries and a sprite, you're looking at 1,490 calories, so let's hope you can go the rest of the day without eating. Why not try a turkey burger and a Diet Coke instead?
4. Bacon Smash Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Another crispy sandwich to avoid, this combo of crispy chicken, American cheese, bacon, mayo, an a toasted bun adds up to way more calories, fat and sodium than anyone would want in one dish. With 820 calories, 15 g saturated fat, and 2280 mg sodium, you probably won't feel too hot after this. Whether you order online or go to your nearest Smashburger, this menu item is one to steer clear of.
5. Haystack Onions
On their own, onions are a healthy veggie full of antioxidants and healthy compounds. However, when you fry them in tons of oil and add ranch dressing, the negative outweighs the positive. The Haystack Onions have 560 calories, which 1130 mg of sodium. Unless you're sharing with a few friends, stick to the healthier options like Smash Tots or Brussel Sprouts.
6. Oreo Milkshake
Smashburger does their milkshakes right, with their delectable ice cream, sauces, and add-ins. However, the Oreo Milkshake has 860 calories, which is almost half of the amount you should eat in a day. Not to mention, it has 285 mg of cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease. This milkshake is best to avoid, especially if you're eating it after enjoying a burger.
7. Peanut Butter Shake
This yummy shake is made with Häagen Dazs Ice Cream and REESE'S Peanut Butter Sauce, which truly sounds like heaven. However, one of the downsides of peanut butter is how high it is in calories. The shake also has 860 calories and 285 mg of cholesterol, which is hard to justify consuming in one dessert.