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Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. 2015

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Not surprisingly, a few burger bars use back-to-school themes for their September Burger of the Month specials. But what should we make of two joints doing Zeus burgers? Did Greek gods have birthday months? The Wayback Burgers chain is offering a “Back to School Meatloaf Burger” (meatloaf seasoning, jalapeňo ketchup,

Burger Consumption Stays Strong

Burger Consumption Stays Strong Americans’ love affair with burgers is still on, still hot. “Burgers certainly aren’t going away,” says Jennifer Aranas, project director for Chicago researcher Datassential, which has released its MenuTrends Keynote Report on Burgers. “In terms of…

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. 2015

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. 2015 Not surprisingly, a few burger bars use back-to-school themes for their September Burger of the Month specials. But what should we make of two joints doing Zeus burgers? Did Greek gods have birthday months? The Wayback…

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie The name says burgers (for now at least), but 5 Napkin Burger is much more. Its six locations—three in Manhattan, where it began in 2008, with another opening soon; one in Yonkers, N.Y.; and one each…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/10

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/10 The creativity that drives the burger business seemingly is bottomless. The variety of ingredients included in this week’s seven intriguing burgers is striking: beer glaze, shaved fennel salad, chutney, summer squash, jalapeňo relish and more. It’s…

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Having substituted new Artisan Grilled Chicken as an improvement for its grilled product this spring, McDonald’s now is introducing an improvement on its crispy chicken patty: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. The rollout had been expected. The…

Burger Buyers Want Thicker Patties

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Burger buyers’ shift from quick-service restaurants to “better burger” fast-casual restaurants continues, and what many are after is simply a thicker burger, according to the “Burger and Chicken Restaurants 2015 Report” from Mintel in the UK. Mintel finds that 7% of British burger fans (meaning they have visited a QSR

‘This is McDonald’s?’ A New Taste Strategy

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One of McDonald’s toughest challenges isn’t food quality; it’s the widespread knee-jerk negativity that immediately dismisses its food as bad. It isn’t cool to like McDonald’s, an affliction from which some media outlets suffer. McDonald’s is an easy and frequent target for snarky tweets and elitist jabs from people who

A New Look for BurgerBusiness.com

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[Update: Well, how about Monday for the new site? Nothing’s ever as easy it should be, is it?] BurgerBusiness.com will look different and—I hope you’ll agree—better beginning Aug. 28, 2015. The site is six years old now and has been in need of a redesign not just to appease Google’s

Burger Customization Meets Crowdsourcing

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Fan photos of their customized burger creations have become Facebook staples for many burger chains and bars. Canada’s South St. Burger is taking that idea a step farther by creating what it’s calling a “Not-So-Secret” Menu. These are four new sandwiches inspired by customer’s photos of custom burgers. These are

McWhopper?: BK Calls for Peace & Collaboration

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In a full-page “open letter” ad appearing Aug. 26 in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, Burger King proposes to McDonald’s that they collaborate on a joint burger, the “McWhopper,” in the interests of nothing less than world peace. The ad (see it here) suggests “a one-off collaboration between

Donald Trump Burger Makes UK Appearance

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National Burger Day may be a UK event, but Donald Trump is there, too, if only in name. The third annual celebration of the one-day (Aug. 27) event includes 20% discounts on burgers at hundreds of UK restaurants—from burger bars to ethnic concepts—plus a “Street Feast” Thursday evening at Dalston

Hot Dogs Joining Burger Bar Menus

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Hot dogs have been nudging their way into the menu spotlight at many burger joints but nowhere more than at Chicago’s Rockit Burger Bar, which next month celebrates its second annual “Hot Dog Takeover.” From September 4th through 7th, the restaurant will feature hot dogs inspired by its burgers. The