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Smashburger Master LLC
Genre Fast casual restaurant
Founded 2007
Founder Tom Ryan
Headquarters Denver, Colorado, United States
Key people
Scott Crane CEO
Products Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, french fries, shakes, soft drinks
Parent Consumer Capital Partners
Jollibee Foods Corporation (Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. / Bee Good! Inc.) (40%)

Smashburger is a fast casual burger restaurant chain with more than 300 corporate and franchise outlets operating in 32 states and 5 countries. The company was founded in Denver, Colorado in 2007 by Tom Ryan, Rick Schaden and the private equity firm, Consumer Capital Partners.[1] Smashburger offers Certified Angus Beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, sides, and shakes. The restaurant is known for the smashing technique used to make "better burgers" [2]


Smashburger’s menu focuses primarily on burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads, with a variety of toppings and options. In mid-2013, they streamlined their menu and eliminated items like hot dogs and crispy (fried) chicken. The restaurant serves localized burgers in each market based on regional flavors.[3] The company also offers a variety of sides, including sweet potato fries, fried onions, fried mild green chilies, and fried pickles, as well as a vegetarian black bean burger and Veggie Frites.[4] Desserts include shakes, malts, and floats made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream.[4]

The chain also serves alcohol, offering beer, wine, and Mike's Hard Lemonade, in addition to assorted malt beverage floats and liqueur-blended shakes. The restaurant teamed up with Moerlain Brewing Co. to serve craft malts and beers that are indicative to the region.[5]

In October 2015, the Philippine-based quick-service operator Jollibee Foods Corporation announced that it has acquired a 40-percent stake in Smashburger in a deal that values the burger chain at $335 million.[6]


  1. ^ "Tom Ryan, Founder & Chief Concept Officer, Smashburger". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Smashburger Puts the Spotlight on its Signature Smashing Technique in First Television Campaign". Reuters. 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Smashburger Tour". Burger Weekly (Burger Weekly). June 12, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bruce Horovitz (18 August 2013). "Smashburger wants to be 'Starbucks of burgers'". USA Today (Gannett Company). 
  5. ^ "Smashburger pairs menu items with craft beers". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Jollibee Acquires a 40% Stake in Smashburger". October 2015. 

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