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TASLUT’s new #TASmash burger FTW! (plus a GIVEAWAY)

2011 April 6
by Emily Hill

Translation: Team Awesome SL,UT’s new Team Awesome Smashburger burger FOR THE WIN!

Remember those Big Gulp #PDR cupcakes?

Big Gulp PDR Cupcakes


The event I took them to was the launch of a new off-the-menu burger from Smashburger in West Valley City, Utah. Affectionately named the Team Awesome burger (#TASmash on Twitter) and originally designed by Heather King (@slclunches), it is my new favorite Smashburger menu item—and that’s saying a lot because I love their mushroom & swiss. LOVE. IT. (With a side of fried pickles and ranch, of course.)

Smashburger #TASmash event


Before I unveil what you’ll find in the new Team Awesome burger, let me tell you a bit about Team Awesome SL,UT or TASLUT for short. I can still remember the moment Scott (@Paco_Belle) bestowed upon me the honor of being TASLUT’s newest member: I was sipping my Diet Coke with fresh lemon and keeping my eye on George and Livi who were playing in the Smashburger parking lot sitting quietly in the booth.

Smashburger #TASmash event


Being TASLUT’s newest member, I asked Scott just what the group was all about. He enlightened me:

It started the night of the second SMCSLC event. After the event, a group of us were hungry and headed to Red Rock Brewery for a bite. Towards the end of the night Rick Galan suggested we call the group Team Awesome. Over the next couple months, people would talk about getting together for lunch but there wasn’t anything for people to follow on Twitter, so people started using #TeamAwesome to find out where things were happening…until some doofus teenagers somewhere started hashtagging all their crap #TeamAwesome. Someone suggested we add a “SL,UT” at the end of it…that way it’s a local thing. And that is how TASLUT got its name.

And the original members? Scott (@Paco_Belle), Darin Berntson (@iGoByDoc), Josh Peters (@JoshSPeters), Rick Galan (@RickGalan) and Nick Johnson (@NteeJ).

Smashburger #TASmash event
You can only see Nick in the photo above (green shirt, far left) but I loved this shot of Matt (@MerkProf) (beard, dead center). He makes me smile. Lots.


So how did TASLUT come to create a “secret” burger for Smashburger? Well, there’s a bit of a story there so I’ll give you the short version: it was kind of a TASLUT reunion paired with a fabulous social media move by Smashburger. The End.

Well, not really. There is still the burger to drool over talk about. It really is the star of this post, and why not when the #TASmash looks as awesome as this:

Smashburger #TASmash event


Team Awesome burger is a well deserved name, don’t you think? Wait, one more photo just for fun.

Smashburger #TASmash event


What’s in the new #TASmash burger? A whole lotta goodness: 100% Angus beef, smashed, seared and seasoned on the grill; Swiss cheese; fried egg; grilled onions; sauteed spinach; bacon; chipotle mayo; butter-toasted artisan bun. Holy crap, I want one. Now. I mean, especially if it makes you as happy as it made Darin:

Smashburger #TASmash event


Though for my kids it was the new, limited-edition grasshopper Oreo shake (available only through April 30th):

Smashburger #TASmash event Smashburger #TASmash event


I had that big a smile on my face too, but someone had to snap the photos!

So basically here’s what you need to know after all that:

  • You can only order the Team Awesome burger (#TASmash) off the menu at Smashburger in West Valley. (It is totally worth the drive even with two very busy kids in tow and you have to sit with those kids while you eat.)
  • Don’t forget to order a side. I suggest the sweet potato smashfries (tossed with rosemary, garlic and olive oil) and regular smashfries. And fried pickles. Don’t forget the fried pickles.
  • Every Smashburger meal needs a shake. Get the grasshopper one while you can.

Smashburger (West Valley)
3513 South 2700 West
West Valley City, Utah 84119
801.988.4613

Open 10 AM to 10 PM daily

You can find Smashburger on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well!

P.S. Check out Smashburger’s online menu for unique burgers depending on the location. Las Vegas has the Sin City burger, Utah has the Beehive Burger and San Diego has the San Diego Smashburger (fresh avocado and fresh cilantro plus pepper jack cheese on a torta roll)!

P.P.S. The gals from SassyScoops.com reviewed the Draper Smashburger with their families a while back and had a blast! I hear we’ll be back at Smashburger this month. I. Can. Hardly. Wait.

P.P.P.S. I’d like to see you look this cute with French fries poking out of your mouth and snot running down your nose. Bet you can’t do it!

Smashburger #TASmash event

You can find all my photos from the TASLUT event on Flickr.

Thanks to that angel of a man, Scott, I now have some BOGO (buy one, get one free) coupons for Smashburger. Dude, you want these. That’s two Team Awesome burgers (or Mushroom Swiss or Baja Chicken or Beehive Burgers or even a Smashsalads) for the price of one!

I am giving away a set of five (5) Smashburger BOGO coupons to three (3) lucky ITRML winners!

Just comment for your chance to win. Like Smashburger, I love giving you extra options. You can do any/all of the following for more chances to win. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do (each one earns you an extra entry).

~ “Like” Smashburger on Facebook.

~ Follow SmashburgerUT on Twitter.

~ “Like” ITRML on Facebook.

~ Follow ITRML on Google Friend Connect (sidebar) and/or subscribe to ITRML.

~ Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL of your tweet.

~ Update your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway.

This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, April 15th (tax day—the perfect reason to celebrate). Good luck!

Disclosure: Smashburger provided me with the awesome experience of designing a unique burger just for their West Valley location—and of course taste testing it too. The opinions and drool-inducing (and smile-inducing) photos are all mine. But I’ll share the burger. (Who am I kidding? I totally won’t share. Get your own.)

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51 Responses Post a comment
  1. April 6, 2011

    The Team Awesome burger is, hands-down, the best burger I’ve ever had. There is nothing about it that I would change….the grilled onions and spinach are just the right amount of veggie for the burger. The juices of the onion, beef and cheese morph together into ambrosia of the Team Awesome God. I’ve ever dreamed about the burger. I’ve got a bunch of SmashBucks to use, and I know I’ll be using them on the #TASMASH.
    Nicole´s deep thought ~ Wordless Wednesday- Growing Up Too FastMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    It is perfect, isn’t it? :)

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  2. April 6, 2011

    You are so popular! And for good reason. This looks amazing.
    Kristina P.´s deep thought ~ Falling For DiscountsMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I’m only popular because I bribe people. Cupcake will get you far, trust me.

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  3. Matt permalink
    April 6, 2011

    Who is that fat guy? @Merprof? He’s a poser.

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    Emily Reply:

    Whatever.

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    Scott Duehlmeier Reply:

    Whoever it is…he is one good looking guy!

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    Emily Reply:

    Agree wholeheartedly!

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    Matt Reply:

    Suck ups! ;-)

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  4. April 6, 2011

    Looks like a delicious place to visit:-)

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    Emily Reply:

    You need to come to Utah and then we’ll go to lunch!

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  5. April 6, 2011

    Awesome post! Love love love this burger! Love the group even more!

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    Emily Reply:

    Couldn’t agree with you more if you were holding a pebble ice-filled diet vanilla Coke. ;)

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    Matt Reply:

    Mmmmmm. Pebble-ice.

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  6. April 6, 2011

    Yum, wish we had one near here!
    Dacia´s deep thought ~ Word up Its WordgirlMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Perhaps you should petition for one? ;)

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  7. April 6, 2011

    Makes me hungry just looking at it!
    Kathy´s deep thought ~ The Gift of SorrowMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Trust me, I know just how you feel!

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  8. April 6, 2011

    YES! the cupcakes? Cleverly delicious! The group? Fun! But what really stood out to me: Ummm…. seriously? We get to GO BACK?!?! Yessss!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    I know! I am SO excited!!!

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  9. Marshall permalink
    April 6, 2011

    This Team Awesome burger is so freakin’ good I can hardly imagine other options. I don’t even want others, I just dig this one. Well done TASLUT team! It’s a beautiful concoction!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    I hear you. I have this inner struggle trying to decide between the mushroom Swiss and Team Awesome burgers. It’s not an easy decision to make.

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  10. April 7, 2011

    What an awesome post, AND killer pictures Emily!

    That day was so much fun! Smashburger is awesome, and so is the Team Awesome Burger!

    Still can’t get over those awesome #PDR cupcakes you made… SO FREAKING COOL!

    – Doc

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you! It was a really great time. And don’t worry, your bday will most likely see cream-filled cupcakes as well. :)

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    iGoByDoc Reply:

    Sweet…

    I can’t wait for my Birthday… in 10.5 months. LOL

    – Doc
    iGoByDoc´s deep thought ~ No Pain… No Gain! The Nose Hair Waxing Event At SEOcomMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Maybe we need to celebrate a half birthday…

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    Scott Duehlmeier Reply:

    We should have a half-birthday celebration

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  11. April 8, 2011

    You should think about selling your cupcake ideas. How cute is this? You are sooo super crafty!
    Von´s deep thought ~ What is a restaurant you would NEVER go back toMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    You are so kind! I doubt anyone would buy those ideas, but thank you for thinking so!

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  12. April 11, 2011

    yum, yum, yum, yum!!

    I would LOVE those BOGOs!!!!!

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  13. April 11, 2011

    I follow smash burger utah on twitter!!!
    Ryley´s deep thought ~ His EyesMy Profile

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  14. April 11, 2011

    I love meeting The Hubbs at Smashburger for lunch…it’s half way in between. BOGO = more lunch dates and more chances to try your delicious creation.
    Leisha´s deep thought ~ Welcome!My Profile

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  15. April 11, 2011

    Already stalk…errrr, I mean follow ITRML on FB.
    Leisha´s deep thought ~ Welcome!My Profile

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  16. April 11, 2011

    Just liked Smashburger on FB. I mean, 5 BOGO….that means an entire week of lunch dates!
    Leisha´s deep thought ~ Welcome!My Profile

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  17. April 11, 2011

    Fried egg on a burger?! Really?!! How clever! I’d LOVE to try it! Those are fun fellows & I think it was a really wise move of them to make you a member of their posse (since any posse without you is a lame one indeed).

    Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this!!!

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  18. April 11, 2011

    already a Facebook “liker” :) woot!

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  19. April 11, 2011

    already following them on the twitter

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  20. April 11, 2011

    Just posted a shout-out on the facebook

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    Quinn Reply:

    or “facingbook.com” like they say on that commercial, lol!

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  21. April 11, 2011

    already your bff on googlefriend and am subscribed (of course).

    *crossing fingers, toes and eyes* in hopes that I win! xoxo

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  22. April 12, 2011

    Yummmmmm. Smashburger……
    Brooke´s deep thought ~ RemissionMy Profile

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  23. April 12, 2011

    That is so cool that you got to do this. Design a burger? Not many people get to put THAT on a resume. :)

    Bytheway, I love ITRML on Facebook and in my real life. :)

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  24. April 12, 2011

    I follow Smashburger on twitter! I really do! @craftingchicks

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  25. April 12, 2011

    I like Smashburger on FB. :) Thanks for the chance to win. Drooling…..
    Brooke´s deep thought ~ RemissionMy Profile

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  26. Brinda permalink
    April 12, 2011

    Sounds yummy! Count me in!

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  27. Brinda permalink
    April 12, 2011

    Like smashburger on Facebook

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  28. Brinda permalink
    April 12, 2011

    Like ITRML on facebook

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  29. Myrna permalink
    February 5, 2012

    Certainly I love burger, who else do you think who don’t give a damn on this superb tasty food? If you’ll asked me if what’s with it that I certainly like and make me go crazy? It’s the topping and those thick hams that usually fried at it’s best before they place it on the bun. Not just me but the whole family love to have a break every Sunday after church on our favorite burger place.:)
    Myrna´s deep thought ~ onion juice for hair regrowthMy Profile

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  30. September 4, 2012

    Just read this again…I want one now.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Thanks a lot. Now I want one too. I think we should do lunch.

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