Review: PB&J Milkshake from Smashburger

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It’s no secret that Smashburger has killer shakes, but there’s one option you may not have never heard of: the PB&J shake. It’s an unofficial menu item invented in the first San Diego location (in La Jolla), made from a combination of strawberry and Nutter Butter Häagen-Dazs shakes. When you dine in, it comes served in an iconic glass, with extra milkshake in a metal canister on the side. That’s a whole lotta shake for $3.99.

Better yet: you’re not going to find a better shake in any other fast casual chain. Smashburger’s shakes are hand-spun, made with top-quality ice cream (Häagen-Dazs!), and achieve the perfect texture: thick and creamy, yet easily drinkable. If you want the richest option, stick with chocolate, but the PB&J is great for something a bit lighter (flavor-wise, at least). What I like best about it is because the Nutter Nutter portion of the shake is made with vanilla ice cream and crushed peanut butter cookies, it tastes like equal parts peanut butter, vanilla, and strawberry. There’s no one flavor that jumps out and overwhelms the others, it’s perfectly balanced. This is good news if you’re equally as interested in the peanut butter as vanilla, but not if you’re expecting a more aggressive peanut butter flavor (even the Nutter Butter shake by itself is pretty subtle).

The PB&J flavor is well known enough to be ordered by name in the San Diego area, but you may have to explain what you mean to employees in other locations. Even if they don’t quite nail the ratio, I doubt that the combination could ever be less than awesome.

Pros: Excellent value, especially for having such high quality ingredients, tastes great

Cons: Peanut butter flavor is a bit subtle, with the calorie payload, you're not going to share, but you should

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 9.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 9.25/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
PB&J Shake
Calories: 840
Total Fat: 52 g
Saturated Fat: 28 g
Cholesterol: 307 mg
Sodium: 230 mg
Total Carbs: 74 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 65 g
Protein: 17 g

6 comments on “Review: PB&J Milkshake from Smashburger

  1. Manavee says:

    I agree that the shakes at Smashburger are superb. I tend to shy away from ordering these “unofficial” products though, as I always think the employee is going to look at me like I’m some sort of crazy person.

  2. JF says:

    I love Smashburger. And at first look, thought this was PB&C(hocolate). I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate. Maybe they can customize one of those for me.

  3. Bob says:


    Needs to be grape for PBJ

  4. rob says:

    840 calories is that more than the cheeseburger?

  5. Erin says:

    Yep, it’s got more calories than most of the burgers!