Taste test: Swensen’s new Ultra Burger series, made with smashed patties

By Evan Mua September 12, 2023
Taste test: Swensen’s new Ultra Burger series, made with smashed patties
Burger lovers, check out this new range of smash burgers. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere
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For anyone born after the 1990s, Swensen’s is one of the most recognisable casual restaurants around.

First introduced to our city in 1979, the brand eventually came into prominence as one of the most popular spots for family gatherings.

It’s no wonder, as its spread of comfort Western food and hearty American-diner-style ice cream easily became a hit with Singaporeans.

Fast forward to 2023 and Swensen’s can be found at over 20 locations all over the island. 

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Double smashed patty action in each burger. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

To stay ahead of the curve though, the fast-casual stalwart continues to roll out new ideas. Its latest? A new range of burgers.

The new Ultra burger series sees Swensen’s smashing up the status quo. Instead of the classic burgers you might have come to expect, you can now order up a smash burger.

That’s right, the Ultra Burgers will be focused around smash patties — two in each burger, to be precise.

Unlike your usual patties, these patties are smashed up against the griddle to encourage extra browning and crust.

The patties are then blanketed with melted jack cheese and secret sauce for extra richness and sandwiched between fluffy, toasted brioche buns.

Our taste test

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The OG Ultra burger is topped with a glorious mess of sauce, melted cheese and onions. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Swensen’s will be offering these indulgent parcels in two permutations: the OG Ultra burger (S$16.90) and Classic Ultra burger (S$17.90).

The former is a more dressed-down rendition, featuring two smash patties, jack cheese, brioche, white onions, and a secret sauce.

Despite its simplicity, the OG Ultra is a more decadent burger that better showcases the distinct, encrusted texture of the patties.

Besides the light crust, you’ll also be greeted to a smattering of pepper and beefy richness — though we thought the beef flavours could be amped up a touch.

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The classic toppings add more vibrancy to the base ensemble. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

On the other hand, the Classic Ultra is buttressed by an ensemble of components, including tomatoes, lettuce, purple onions and gherkins.

Everything comes together to add more layers of flavour to the burger and helps cut through the heaviness of the burger’s base of beef and cheese.

In comparison to the former, this has a more well-rounded overall profile, especially with the gherkins’ tangy acidity and sweetness from the tomatoes providing a nice contrast.

To complete the combo, each Ultra Burger is served with coleslaw and Swensen’s crispy golden fries — so be prepared to be filled up.

For more ideas on what to eat, read our stories on the unique new fish and chips speciality eatery and the best spots to sin on crispy or starchy orh luak.

Swensen’s is on the GrabFood delivery service and offers free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited. 

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

You can also book a ride to the stores mentioned in the article.


Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets

Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets

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Evan Mua


Evan started off writing about food on Instagram, before joining outlets such as Buro and Confirm Good to pursue his passion. His best work usually comes after his first whisky shot in the morning.

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