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BurgerBusiness Is Closed; Thanks for Coming

BurgerBusiness Is Closed; Thanks for Coming

Turn off the grill. The final post has been added to BurgerBusiness, which now suspends publication (the Killer Burger Recipes page remains active). It’s time. I always will be proud of the site I created in February 2009, and proud of the readers and advertisers it has attracted since then. I have met or spoken […]

2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

The world is flat, or at least that part of the world that is the restaurant business in 2016. Flat sales. Flat (at best) customer traffic. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, which index the industry’s health, stood at 100.8 in October (the latest available), virtually unchanged from its 100.6 in January. The NPD […]

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

Guessing the upcoming year’s trends is an odd game. We usually get either the ridiculous (one seer expects we’ll all be eating chocolate cake for breakfast) or the obvious (watch for sriracha to be big). But trends don’t magically rev up on January 1, of course. They’re getting going now. So this list isn’t a […]

Tasty Made Changes Beef & Prices

Tasty Made Changes Beef & Prices

Chipotle’s Tasty Made burger concept has switched from the “better beef” it touted at opening, opting instead for conventionally raised beef that has allowed it to lower prices, according to a client note from Nomura Instinet restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski. His assessment of the Lancaster, Ohio, restaurant is interesting, observant and informed. Chipotle opened the […]

McD’s Tries Tots Called Hash Brown Bites

McD’s Tries Tots Called Hash Brown Bites

Already finding itself a seat on the sriracha bandwagon, McDonald’s now is taking a shot at the other hot QSR food trend—tater tots—in its favorite test market, Australia. In Australia, where summer approaches, McDonald’s is offering a Summer Sides Box, a multi-person combination of three deep-fried items: eight Hash Brown Bites, eight Chicken McNuggets, 12 […]

17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

A recent BurgerBusiness post questioned whether burger-category entrepreneurship is flagging, given a perceived decline in the number of new burger concepts opening this year. I continue to believe that’s true, but I also know that expansion by small and/or young chains has picked up steam. Burgers remain strong. Gathered here are 17 burger concepts that […]

Customer Traffic Into the Red

Customer Traffic Into the Red

Stagnation just slid back into recession. After six years of 1% annual growth in customer counts and a flat first half of 2016, foodservice traffic declined by 1% in Q3, according The NPD Group. Even quick service, which has kept the overall industry from sinking farther in the past, saw a drop in traffic for […]

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we? Oh, we do. Proving that after seven years of BurgerBusiness.com I still have much to learn and still can […]

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