Astronaut chefs have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of burgers and more at Smashburger in Overland Park or Olathe.
A fresh take on cooked-to-order burgers, Smashburger, winner of Sun Publication's Burger Wars, combines all the comforts of a well-stacked meal with the modest luxuries of expedient service and ample sit-down space. The menu boasts more smashes than two monster trucks playing tennis; Smashburgers ($4.99+ for a third-pound), grilled and crispy Smashchickens ($5.99+), Smashsalads ($4.99-6.99), and Smashsides such as rosemary and garlic-tossed Smashfries ($1.99–$2.99) fire up the hearts and bellies of all gracious guests. The Smashburger—100% Angus beef plus quality veggies and cheeses on a toasted artisan bun—takes center stage during most meals, and nonsecret specialties, such as the Häagen-Dazs shake ($3.99), keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley. These two locations feature the Kansas City Smashburger, made with swiss cheese, grilled and haystack onions, sautéed mushrooms, and A.1. steak sauce ($5.99 for a third-pound).