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11 Burger Chains to Watch in 2011

Despite scurrilous predictions the burger boom would run out of steam, it hasn’t. Five Guys, Elevation Burger, The Counter, Umami Burger, Smashburger, Shake Shack, Bobby’s Burger Palace and others weren’t on the map a few years ago but now they’re booming, opening outside their original markets and spreading.          There’s no reason to suspect this […]

Potatoes, Pastrami Top New McDonald’s Burgers

“Big America” burgers proved to be big business for McDonald’s/Japan in 2010, so it’s not surprising that the chain has the big idea to do it all again. Big America 2 continues the idea of saluting American locales. The original Big America promo, launched in December 2009, featured Texas, New York California and Hawaii burgers. […]

Holiday Feasting: Hardee’s Tries Turkey Thickburger

If all Hardee’s wants for Christmas is to be the first national quick-service burger chain to offer a turkey burger, it just might get its wish. In and around its St. Louis headquarters city, the chain is testing a three-item turkey burger line. The line starts with a $3.49 Turkey Thickburger (a ground-turkey patty with […]

GQ’s Best: Burgers Bat 2 for 10

BurgerBusiness’s tradition—and our niche—has been to evaluate restaurant awards by how many of the winners serve a good burger. By that measure GQ magazine’s Alan Richman’s list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America hits .200. That’s good enough if you want to play for the Cubs, but for the big time, that’s unfortunate. Richman’s list […]

Five Guys, 5 Napkin Among AOL Burger Winners

AOL announced the winners of its City’s Best program, where users vote for their favorite restaurants, bars, theaters, clubs, etc. We’ll skip the rest and home in on the Big Question: Who won Best Burger?             As a resident of the state that elected Rod Blagojevich its governor, twice, I can say with authority that […]

The Burger of the Year and Other Awards

December again, and it’s time once again for reflection. I’ll say that 2010 was an even better burger year than 2009 if only because last year’s mini-burger fad has floated downstream. Bye. This year, the economy and the burger business showed some improvement. As forecast last year, patty melts have popped up everywhere. Next year, […]

McDonald’s ♥ New York City

To many people outside the U.S., McDonald’s equals America, and America means New York City. Given that progression, McDonald’s overseas obsession with New York City isn’t surprising; it’s just cultural branding. Over the past 18 months, the chain has offered a New York Special burger in the United Kingdom, a New York Supreme burger in Scandinavia, […]

Burger Chain Bake-Off: McD’s, BK Eye Desserts

Burger King has opened a standalone concept called The Dessert Bar in London that offers ice cream and baked goods but no burgers. It’s apparently an answer to McDonald’s McCafé, which the chain is testing as a standalone brand in Paris. According to a report in MarketingWeek, The Dessert Bar opened in the Westfield London Shopping Center […]