"Owner Bill Culvertson, created the 'smashburger' when a worker discovered that smashing the meat with a bean can while grilling was a great way to get the best flavor into a burger." "Smashburger’s origin dates back over fifty years ago in Ashland, Kentucky, located in the Appalachian Mountains. The story is that the original Dairy Cheer hamburger shop owner Bill Culvertson, created the “smashburger” when a worker discovered that smashing the meat with a No. 10 bean can while grilling was a great way to get the best flavor into a burger. Out of that cooking method Smashburger was born. Culvertson’s restaurant had originally been a Dairy Queen. When the corporate office refused to let him sell hot dogs and hamburgers, he terminated his franchise and operated independently as Dairy Cheer. Bob Borders, former owner of a Pikeville Dairy Cheer for twenty-one years and now retired, said Culvertson eventually sold his business to Lou Compton, a woman in Pikeville who saw an opportunity to franchise the business."