International Burger Chain opens fast food restaurant on 82nd Street in Elmhurst

Smashburger opened at 40-35 82nd St. in Elmhurst (Photo courtesy of Smashburger)

September 15, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

An international fast food chain known for its specialty burgers has opened a restaurant on 82nd Street in Elmhurst.

Smashburger – which has restaurants in Canada, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Panama, Egypt and Costa Rica – opened Wednesday in a new development at 40-35 82nd St.

The Elmhurst site is the company’s first in Queens and sixth in New York. The chain operates three restaurants in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx. It has a total of more than 230 restaurants around the world.

The business moved into a 2,100 square foot space that can accommodate 60 people. The interior features artwork of the city’s skyline while the restaurant offers free Wi-Fi for customers and USB charging stations, according to a company spokesperson.

Smashburger, which was established in Colorado in 2007, makes its burger patties by rolling ground beef into balls and then “mashing” them on the grill using a hand presser. The company says this gives the patties more flavor because they burn in the juices of the beef when cooking.

The patties are then placed between artisan buns and stuffed with fillings such as cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

The Elmhurst Restaurant now serves the company’s most popular burgers, including the Smoked Bacon Brisket Burger, the Classic Smash Burger and the Avocado Bacon Club Burger.

Burgers and sides that are now served at Smashburger in Elmhurst (Photo courtesy of Smashburger)

The restaurant also does a range of chicken sandwiches and turkey burgers. It also offers fresh salads and sides like Brussels sprouts and fries. Sodas and milkshakes made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream are also on the menu while the restaurant offers a separate breakfast menu.

Carl Bachmann, president of Smashburger, said the company brings quality burgers to the neighborhood.

“We look forward to…making Smashburger part of the community not only to serve a mouth-watering burger, but also [a] a delicious breakfast offer,” Bachmann said in a statement. “A bit of everything for everyone.”

The new restaurant is offering a number of specials to mark the opening.

For example, customers can purchase a single classic burger with regular fries for $5 on September 15. Bacon burgers will be offered for $5 each on September 16.

The restaurant is also offering free delivery on orders placed through September 29.

Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Some of the food served at Smashburger in Elmhurst (Photo courtesy of Smashburger)

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