Smashburger officially opened their new Gaithersburg location on July 9th, marking their 8th store in the D.C. metro area.

Of course, it seems like there’s a new burger shop opening its doors every other week, and many of them end up shuttering those same doors a few months later. So why should you get Smashed the next time you have a craving for a good burger?

  1. Local: Smashburger offers an emphasis on local ingredients. Their D.C. area spots actually serve a special burger that none of their other locations do, the Capital Burger, which has grilled onions, Swiss cheese, arugula, applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes and mayo on a brioche bun.
  2. Be Calorie Conscious – Or Not: All of their menu items list the calories, making it easy for you to be calorie conscious if you choose. If you don’t, then go “Big”, with the larger patty and laugh in the face of those calories. Laugh harder, all the way to a long nap, by loading up a Big burger and pairing it with one of their rich milkshakes, such as the Nutter Butter, PB&J or Salted Caramel.
  3. Never Frozen: They use fresh, never frozen beef, grilled up by the order. They describe their burgers as a “fresh, never-frozen ball of all natural 100% Certified Angus Beef”. And I love never-frozen balls of beef. I think.
  4. Customize: Smashburger lets you get Smashed however you want. Most notably, you can choose to have any of their burgers as chicken sandwiches, or as mentioned, you can get the Big size. You also have a choice of toppings and cheeses, and even buns, such as a spicy chipotle bun. When you don’t want to think for yourself, they have some great stock items on the menu, such as the BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar, the Truffle Mushroom Swiss, and the Spicy Jalapeno Baja.

Smashburger’s other locations in the area include Bethesda and Germantown in Maryland, Fairfax, Falls Church, Gainesville and Vienna in Virginia, and a D.C. location on Connecticut & S Street in Dupont.