Steve’s Hot Dogs serves up smashburgers

There’s more to the menu than the name implies at Steve’s Hot Dogs

Beginning today, the South Grand location (3145 S. Grand) is offering five types of gourmet smashburgers (and a build-your-own option) to its menu of 18 hot dogs and brats. 

The Menu

Similar to many of the hot dogs’ names, the burgers have memorable monikers:

  • Figgy Stardust: Topped with fig jam, bacon, goat cheese, balsamic glaze, and white cheddar
  • They Call Me Big Popper: Steve’s riff on a deconstructed jalapeño popper includes jalapeño cream cheese, fried onions, Honey Chipotle barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing.
  • Sweet Meat: Topped with Provolone, Civil Life Brown Bacon Jam, and grilled onions.
  • Hey Now, You’re An All Star (formerly “the Axel Foley”): The classic double smash burger includes American cheese, lettuce, tomato, raw onions, ketchup, mayo, and mustard.
  • Mac My Day (formerly the “Mr. Robinson”): Topped with Steve’s award-winning cream macaroni and cheese, fried onions, bacon, and barbecue sauce.

Three types of beef are used in the ground beef blend: chuck, brisket, and sirloin. “Our group tested 10 or so meats and blends,” says HUSTL Hospitality Group co-owner Danni Eickenhorst. “We decided that this one was best for flavor, moisture, texture, and structure.” The resulting 3-ounce burgers are seasoned with special salt and pepper, then flat-grilled and served on a buttered, grilled Companion bakery potato bun, chosen for its softness and ability to cradle the contents without falling apart. All of the burgers are served as doubles and $11–$13.

The Background

This isn’t the first time that burgers have appeared on the menu at Steve’s Hot Dogs. When Eickenhorst and her husband, Marcus, invested in the restaurant in 2020, one of their goals was to improve each area of the menu. As part of that exercise, they took burgers off the menu in 2021.

“Our burgers were fine before,” Eickenhorst says, “but not as elevated as everything else we were doing, so we pulled them while we did research and development—a lot of research and development.” 

Steve’s smashburgers are available only at the South Grand location but will be part of the menu mix at the forthcoming location that’s slated to open in late June at 5232 Delmar in the Delmar Maker’s District.

As for the restaurant’s namesake food? The cold-smoked, all-beef, Nathan’s Famous-brand hot dogs are available beyond the restaurant, including at CITYPARK (in Section 105), The Dome at America’s Center (in Section 138), and Enterprise Center (in Portal 8).

A few years ago, St. Louisans named Steve’s St. Louis-Style Dog the official hot dog of St. Louis. Could one of Steve’s smashburgers be next? Stay tuned.

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