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Smashburger Overview

Denver, CO
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable
At Smashburger, we do not do common.

We make something you seek out, not settle for. We put the pride back in the burger.
That’s what we’re dedicated to, no, obsessed with, making the burger remarkable ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Smashburger is gearing up for RFDC 2016 hosted by Restaurant Finance Monitor beginning Monday. Be sure to stop by Booth #219 to learn more or message us on LinkedIn if you are attending and want to meet with our team.

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Smashburger – Why Work For Us?

Our Mission is to Put Burgers Back into People's Lives


America's Most Promising Companies - Forbes

In 2007 we opened the first Smashburger with one simple notion: despite the overwhelming number of restaurants serving burgers, Americans were starving for something better.

And we could deliver.

Our vision is to connect with America’s passion for its favorite food on a local level and in a space where “Smashed Fresh, Served Delicious” means dedication to crafting the best-tasting burger around. Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill. 


Smashing is Better

We're proud of what we've accomplished in introducing the world to the Better Burger!

From our first store, founded in 2007 in Denver, CO with the vision and funding of Rick Schaden and innovative food philosophy of Tom Ryan, we've grown to:

 350+ Restaurants - 32 States - 5 Countries

"We believe that choosing Smashburger means choosing happiness - you are one bite away from believing it too"



#1 "America's Most Promising Companies" - Forbes


#1 “Top Mover & Shakers” and "Top 50 Brands of the Year" - Fast Casual


"25 Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands for 2015"Forbes


"MenuMaster Award: Organic Arugula Truffle Mushroom & Swiss" - 2015 Nation's Restaurant News


“America’s Fastest Growing Companies” - Inc.500


#2 “2014 Fast & Serious” list of smartest-growing brands - Franchise Times

Livin' the Burger Dream

Ashleigh Montiel, General Manager

"It’s a place that you have to give your 100%, you have to give your all into… Everybody here is like family so if you’re not going to be a team player this is really not the place for you! I can come in here and feel comfortable and be myself and just talk to people on a normal basis versus having to feel like I have to put on an act or follow a script. You’re allowed to be yourself, that’s what I like."


Mario Escalona, Cook

"It’s kind of like a family…honestly we just have a good time. I just got a friend to work here. I tell them you have to be comfortable with everybody, you have to work hard. If you’re lazy here it doesn’t really work out. I like the morning rush. It gets intense and everybody’s into their job and everybody’s working together to get it done!"


Jorge Rodriguez, General Manager

"I’ll be here 8 years next June… Those days, I was actually the fifth hire for the company. My employee number was 1005. I never thought I was going to be a General Manager when I first started. I said I was going to be a cook. I had been a cook for 5 years... then I was a cashier and a shift leader and after six, seven months after I started with the company I got promoted to Assistant Manager. I’m so happy and I think that’s what I love about Smashburger, it gives employees opportunities and takes care of them."


Myra Garcia, Cashier / Guest Service Expert

"I love my job! Everybody tells me, ‘Why do you smile every day?’ Because I love my job! Everybody respects me. To get the customers to like me, that’s the best part. When you take care of the customers, the customers come back. When you treat them like family, they come back."


Sheryl Santa Cruz, General Manager

When I interviewed with this company people seemed to be the first value and that means a lot to me. Anybody that I interview, I let them know that this company is a growing company, if you’re looking for a career a growing opportunity, this company is it. I’m looking, not just for that person that wants that paycheck but that person that wants to move to the next level… And they have to have that energy, you know. You’ve got to have a high energy. It’s got to be, not 90%, 100% all the time when you walk in here. This place is like a goldmine when it comes to touching hearts and I really believe that.


Theresa Otero, Assistant Manager

"The best part is the people, the company is awesome to work for! I know that everybody at corporate, everybody, they’re there for you. Lots of support. You HAVE to be trainable! You’ve got to be open-minded and you have to be willing to explore and adventure out of what you’re used to doing."


Noelia Chavez, Shift Leader

My daughter always asks, ‘Mom, you like it?’ Of course! I feel really good and happy and I’m so comfortable in my job. I have a really good team. Everybody listens, everybody works together. So that’s why I say this is a great opportunity.


Francisco Ortiz, Cook

"I love the kitchen… I like working together, fast you know, very fast, because the customer sometimes only has ten, maybe fifteen minutes. I’ve been here seven years. I stay here because I like everything… When everybody works together its easy."


Do Well Do Good

Serving people and communities is in our DNA


You love Smashburger and we love you back! Getting involved in the places we call home is just one way we’re able to show it. Last year our corporate office volunteered nearly 1,000 hours and raised more than $8,000 to give to six different local charities. Like striving to craft the best burger, we try to put the same amount of care into where we live and work.



Our team committed over 250 volunteer hours in 2014 to work with Food For Thought, whose mission is to end hunger for local children. Once a month during the past school year, groups from Smashburger gathered to pack 900 power snacks, which were delivered to 4 different Colorado elementary schools. Learn more about the amazing work being done by the great folks at Food For Thought


We’re partial to burgers, but around the holidays everyone’s talking turkey. Each year the Denver Rescue Mission rounds up thousands of turkeys for nonprofit organizations, homes in need, and to help provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. Last year we raised more than $4,300 to donate 308 turkeys. With your help, we’ll Smash those numbers this year! Find out how to get involved at the Denver Rescue Mission.



The Boys & Girls Club focuses on giving youth a safe place where they can learn and develop into caring, responsible young adults. Last year we held our first annual all-company day of service in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and created several field and art activities for the kids’ field day.

Smashburger also partnered with the charity for a holiday gift drive to help local youth celebrate the holiday season. With the aid of a wish list from the kids, our volunteers raised $2,500 and went on a shopping bonanza for gifts. Stay up to date with what’s happening at The Boys & Girls Club.


The Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists families who are dealing with the unexpected, and at time overwhelming, emotional and financial stresses of childhood cancers. Smashburger competes in the RMCCF’s annual golf tournament to raise funds to ease the financial burdens felt by impacted families who are fighting their child’s illness. Learn more about the incredible work being done at RMCCF.

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    I love working for Smashburger and there is no other company out there that can compare to us! Smashburger has rapid growth happening and will continue to grow year after year. We are all about promoting and developing our Team Members and our Managers which is fantastic in this industry!! I also love that we offer a fresh product and a healthy alternative to the fast casual burger industry. This is truly one of the greatest companies to work for!!


    I honestly do not have one negative comment to say about Smashburger. Smashburger truly cares about the people that work for them, offering a quality product and growing the business!

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    We offer a outstanding training program that is designed to help our Team Members get into a management role and our managers to advance to the next level in their management career.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Smashburger (Brookhaven, PA) in November 2016.


    The interview was simple and easy. I was asked simple questions and got hired on the spot. It was a group meeting so there was multiple people there for the interview but we were each one on one interviewed.

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