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Is Poutine the Next All-American Side?

Pacific Northwest chain Burgerville’s latest seasonal specials are a ¼-lb. Chili Cheeseburger accompanied by Chili Cheese Waffle Fries that are just a nudge away from being that Canadian national favorite poutine. Technically, poutine is fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy, and Burgerville’s dish lacks the curds, although it has Tillamook white Cheddar cheese. […]

Jack in the Box Upgrades its Burgers

Jack in the Box this week is rolling out improved burgers as part of a year-long effort to upgrade both core menu products and its overall guest experience. Speaking to analysts today, Jack in the Box Chairman-President-CEO Linda Lang said the chain is introducing burger patties with “improved taste, texture an juiciness” that have performed […]

Monday Meeting 11/21/11: Chicken Scratchings

[More chicken news: Burger King’s holiday menu in the UK includes a Cranberry Chicken Tendercrisp sandwich.] So much of the burger business is about chicken now that it’s only right that the week start with a couple of chicken items: ● Hardee’s has extended its popular Hand-Breaded Chicken line with Buffalo-flavor tenders (in 3- or […]

McFine Dining: Chefs Upgrade McDonald’s Food, Image


Introducing a sandwich that combines a beef patty and  fried shrimp is upscale enough. Borrowing a name from fine dining and called it a surf-and-turf burger is further upper class. But the Surf & Turf burger that joined the menu at McDonald’s restaurants in Austria this week has a fine-dining pedigree: It was developed for […]

McDonald’s Promo Puts Smartphones to Work

[Nov. 30 update: Burger King finally admits it has new french fries, as reported below 2 weeks earlier.] McDonald’s has built an interesting promotion in Denmark around the new QR (Quick Response) Codes and audio codes that newer-model smartphones can read. There’s a Facebook element as well. The result is a 21st century game-piece promotion […]

Monday Meeting: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner


[Update: The battle escalated on 11/15 with McDonald’s addition of the spicy Chicken Scorcher sandwich to counter KFC’s Zinger line.] There’s nothing quite like the chicken fight in Australia, where both McDonald’s and KFC sell chicken wings and “burgers.” Consider KFC’s Family Burger Box, an all-chicken version of the Family Dinner Box meal idea that […]

Wendy’s Adding Mid-Price “W” Cheeseburger Line

Fresh from last month’s introduction of the premium Dave’s Hot ’n Juicy Cheeseburgers line, Wendy’s will add a mid-price line of cheeseburgers dubbed “The W” by year-end. Acknowledging that consumer spending continues to be sluggish, the new line will be priced at $2.99, below Dave’s $4-and-up prices, and above its My 99¢ Everyday Value Menu […]

2012 Burger Trends Forecast: The Year of Commodity Costs

A year ago, BurgerBusiness.com forecast that 2011 would be The Year of the Stuffed Burger. Nope, didn’t happen. I’d have been closer had I just extended 2010’s Year of the Patty Melt designation for another year (see, for example the new Bacon Patty Melt at Johnnie Rockets). A prediction that 2011 would be the Year […]

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