Smash burgers are well-known in the American fast food scene but they have never made it to Irish menus. That is, until now.
Inspired by LA burger kings like Mark Tripp, George Motz and Goldburger, Barry Wallace, the brains behind Pang, Dublin's popular rice paper roll company, has announced an all-new pop-up in the city centre, bringing smash burgers to Dublin for the first time ever.
Dash Burger, Ireland's first smash burger restaurant, opened on Dublin's Kevin Street on Friday, September 18th and despite the last-minute coronavirus closures, the burgers sold out quickly. Barry credits the success to three key elements: Dash Burger's smashing technique, their buns and their seasoning.
Named for the American chain Smash Burger, these burgers are made with beef that has been loosely formed into meatballs, which is then placed on a flat-top grill at 196ºC and flattened or 'smashed' thinly to cook quickly - three minutes in total, as opposed to eight minutes for regular burgers. This cooking technique caramelises the exterior of the burger, but locks in the juices, resulting in a moist, juicy burger.
Other American burger chains, like Five Guys and Shake Shack, also utilise this technique, but it's mainly associated with Smash Burger, which has more than 350 outlets around the States.
Each burger patty is made with a special blend of aged Irish beef created by Pat McLoughlin Butchers, with two patties served per burger, plus American cheese, pickles, onion, mustard and ketchup. The bun is a speciality potato roll, similar to those served at Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger in the US. Fluffy, soft and light, potato rolls contain no sweetness, making sure the burger itself shines through.
The seasoning is what sets Dash Burger's smash burgers apart. Concocted by Barry in his home kitchen during lockdown, the seasoning packs a serious umami hit to each bite, helping to elevate the flavour of the beef.
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Currently Dash Burger is only available for takeaway, as indoor dining is prohibited in Dublin due to the coronavirus pandemic, but once restrictions are eased, diners will be able to eat-in at Dash Burger.
With speedy service, thanks to the fast cooking time of the patties, Dash Burger's menu includes just three burgers - a double smash, triple smash and a house special - plus free-range tenders and a secret sauce.
Speaking about his new venture, Barry told us how thrilled he was to start his new pop-up. "The Irish burger scene is plentiful and of a very high standard but there’s always room for a new story. Umami is something that just works so well with aged-beef so our secret seasoning will stay secret for a long time! The ultra smash technique delivers a different style to all our competitors and really is a different experience”.
Starting a business during the global pandemic can't be easy, but it seems like Barry has found a winning formula with Dash Burger. Click here to follow Dash Burger on Instagram.