Once it's live in store, you'll be able to tap-to-pay just as you would at any other business or retailer that takes Apple. Additionally, Apple Pay will also be integrated with Smashburger's loyalty program.
Once you've paid, your phone will prompt you to join the restaurant's loyalty program, which lets you earn discounts and credit toward future orders. Apple's Wallet app will keep tabs on your points as part of the loyalty program.
The entire integration is coming thanks to a partnership with marketing company Punchh, which powers restaurants' in-store loyalty programs. Sandwich chain Quiznos and Mod Pizza will also be accepting Apple Pay later this year, thanks to Punchh.
Surprisingly, even though Apple Pay has been out for a few years now, the list of national restaurant chains that support it is relatively short. That may be because it's taken restaurants longer to adopt the NFC technology necessary for Apple Pay than retailers, or simply because there hasn't been much incentive for them to do so until now.
But by adding loyalty programs into the mix, which can have a big impact on an establishment's ability to draw in new customers, we might finally start to see more casual chains follow suit.
RELATED: Best burgers in every state
Best burgers in every state
Best burgers in every state
ALABAMA: VICKI’S LUNCH VAN
OK, the original van has retired and this shop is more of a lunch stand, but it still serves some of the tastiest no-frills burgers ever, slathered with mayo, ketchup, mustard and cheese.
The secret to this juicy burger that doesn't skimp on toppings is that they grind their beef on site every day. The retro '50s décor isn't too shabby, either.
2803 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville; 479-968-2300 or yelp
CALIFORNIA: FATHER’S OFFICE
This heavenly creation made with dry-aged beef, arugula, Gruyère cheese and a bacon-onion compote is like eating French onion soup in burger form. Word to the wise: Do not ask for ketchup here; they’ll laugh you away.
We’re obsessed with the amazing burgers at Plan B Burger Bar, but we’ve gotta give a shout-out to Louis’ Lunch, the first-ever restaurant to serve hamburgers in the U.S. (They’re still super old-school, so if you want ketchup or mustard, you’re out of luck.)
261-263 Crown St. (at College St.), New Haven; 203-562-5507 or louislunch.com
This old-school fast-food joint has been serving burgers and fries to locals for the last 70 years--and the prices are so low, you’ll think you’re still in 1946.
1520 E. 11th St. (at E. Raleigh St.), Siler City or yelp
NORTH DAKOTA: SICKIES GARAGE BURGERS & BREWS
Yes, that’s an eggs Benedict burger with a side of tots. No, we’re not sharing.
3431 Fiechtner Dr. S. (at 13th Ave. S.), Fargo; 701-478-7425 or sickiesnd.com
OHIO: KEWPEE BURGER
Founded in 1923, this burger institution is the second-ever fast-food chain in the U.S. (White Castle was the first). Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas ate here as a kid and loved it so much, he decided to go into the burger business. So try a bite of history.
Ever had an Oklahoma Onion Burger? They were popularized during the Great Depression, when beef was combined with onions so restaurants could make more burgers with less meat. Now it’s a tasty local tradition you have to try.