Good news burger fans! Smashburger will start offered Udi’s buns at its restaurants and has trained in employees in the art of preparing gluten-free food. The fast-casual chain has announced a partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free, which may mean Smashburger may get a few more gluten-free items in the near future.
“Practicing a gluten-free diet is an emerging consumer trend, and Udi’s is the clear quality leader in the gluten-free category,”said Tom Ryan, founder and chief concept officer of Smashburger. “The addition of Udi’s gluten-free buns fits in well with our strategy of marketing to consumers looking for healthy menu options.”
And what’s best yet, Smashburger has also reformulated its seasoning for the burgers and grilled chicken to be gluten-free as well so now gluten-free eaters aren’t stuck ordering a salad and can fully enjoy an entree option.
While fried pickles and haystacks are off the menu for gluten-free diners at Smashburger, the rest of the toppings are gluten-free, but hold the sides. The French Fries, Smash Fries, Sweet Potato Fries and Veggie Frites all risk cross contamination because they’re prepared in the same fryer as the gluten-filled options.
While some people might ask, do we really want to eat at Smashburger, as someone who has enjoyed them in college, my answer is yes. Smashburger is not a typical fast foodjoint with loud music and a bad product that doesn’t even look close to the pictures or ads. Smashburger has a lot of healthy and elevated options (the goat cheese, cucumber and spinach burger) that will have you feeling full and feeling good.
The new Udi’s bun will cost a dollar extra, but here is a coupon for a free one through June 22.