Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

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Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

I grew up on hamburgers and I consider myself a hamburger connoisseur. Until recently, though I enjoyed burgers everywhere. But a few weeks ago, I happened across a place called Smashburgers and I am hooked. They are the best tasting hamburgers in the world

By Ray Hanania

I don’t know how Smashburger did it, but maybe it is the concept of smashing the burger patty.

But Smashburger has created the best tasting hamburger in America. Nothing comes close. It’s not just the burger meat that is phenomenal. The bun is the perfect size, not too larger and overwhelming but just enough to let you grip the tasty sandwich.

I can’t pin down the great taste but I am addicted to Smashburgers.

It’s difficult to narrow down the world of great hamburgers to one, but I’ve had several Smashburgers and I can’t get enough.

Smashburger from Smashburger's Facebook Page. The best hamburger in Chicagoland

Smashburger from Smashburger’s Facebook Page. The best hamburger in Chicagoland

The closest Smashburger in the Southwest suburbs is in Oak Lawn, and I drive there through traffic without hesitation from Orland Park. Although my hope is that they will bring a Smashburger to Orland Park to make it the perfect community.

I’ve divorced myself from the fast food franchises like McDonalds, Burger King and even Wendy’s. The Burger King Whopper was one of my favorites and it will do in a pinch.

I’ve tried to recreate the Smashburger crushing burger patties on my backyard grill. But it only comes close. Smashburger should start selling the patties so Barbecue Backyard Kings can enjoy them more.

The Oak Lawn Smashburger franchise is located at 5139 W 95th Street. When are you coming to Orland Park?

The problem is I could eat them like “Whitey One Bites”, “Sliders”. And maybe, I will have two next time.


They put just enough on the burger, pickles, onion, lettuce and tomato slice. A slice of cheese. Mustard, too. Just enough to allow you to enjoy the great tasting burger patty that is the ultimate draw in this food equation.

You have to try it.

There are eight Smashburger locations in Chicagoland beside in Oak Lawn. They are:

1 North Lagrange Rd.

538 W St Charles, #700

1 Rice Lake Square

Arlington Heights
115 W Rand Rd

Kildeer (north of Barrington)
20771 North Rand Road

Vernon Hills
426 Hawthorn Center

842 N Randall Rd

You absolutely have to check them out and enjoy one of the best hamburgers in Chicagoland.

If you can’t get to the Smashburger restaurant nearest you, then check out their Facebook Page by clicking here and keep up on what’s happening with one of the best tasting burgers in Chicagoland, and maybe even in America.

Yes, I will go out on a limb. The best in America!

Check out their website, too, at:

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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