Smashburger

The Denver-based fast casual chain came to the Freedom Crossing shopping center in Fort Bliss a couple of years ago. It’s managed to win over soldiers and civilians with its variety of made-to-order food in a clean, upbeat space. Burgers are actually smashed, seared and seasoned on the grill. Ground beef isn’t your only option; you can also order house-made black bean burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and salads.

The franchise tries to get personal by creating a signature burger to reflect the flavor of each city’s or state’s locale. Locations within our state have the plain old Texas burger, but we have the Fort Bliss: fresh jalapenos, cheddar, grilled onions, haystack onions and chipotle mayo on a spicy chipotle bun. Six other signature beef burgers (regular or big) and six chicken sandwiches are available. One chicken option has cucumber, spinach, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette on a multigrain bun. You can also create your own with a choice of three artisan buns, six cheeses (additional charge) and more than 15 free sauces and toppings.

Sides are charged separately and consist of fries (regular or sweet potato), Smashfries (tossed in olive oil, garlic and rosemary), haystack onions and chili. Fried veggies include pickles, green chile, jalapeños and veggie frites (green beans and carrots, not breaded). You don’t have to settle for a fountain drink; Smashburger offers brewed Tazo iced tea and a small selection of bottled and draught beers and wine. Appease your sweet tooth with a variety of Häagen-Dazs milkshakes.

1618 Pleasanton Rd., Fort Bliss, 915-565-9464, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Price range: $3-$7. Vegetarian friendly, kids’ meals available. To get on base, enter at the Robert E Lee gate and provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. E-passes can also be obtained at bliss.army.mil. For more information, visit Smashburger.com or Facebook.com/smashburgeratftbliss.

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