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2015’s Top New Burger Joints (So Far)

2015’s Top New Burger Joints (So Far)

At the year’s halfway point, it’s clear the burger marketplace is changing. Fewer new independent burger concepts are blossoming but what were fresh indies a few years back are rapidly morphing into regional chains. For example, Bru Burger in Indianapolis was a member of BurgerBusiness’s Class of 2012. Since then it has opened in Lexington, […]

Habit Burger Sees 2,000-Unit Future

Habit Burger Sees 2,000-Unit Future

“Who?” was a common response last July when Consumer Reports declared that The Habit Burger Grill has America’s best-tasting burgers, topping In-N-Out, Five Guys, Smashburger and others. Considering the Irvine-Calif.-based chain barely had 100 units, almost all of them in California, the confusion was understandable. But the announcement “did incredible things for our business,” President-CEO […]

2014’s Best & Worst in Burgers

2014’s Best & Worst in Burgers

This hasn’t been an easy year for all burger-joint operators—it’s tough to make a buck out there—but it has been great for burger lovers. So many great burgers and just 365 days to eat them all. And 2015 promises even better and ever more burgers. Here are some of the past year’s high- and lowlights: […]

It’s National Cheeseburger Day: Celebrate Wisely

It’s National Cheeseburger Day: Celebrate Wisely

Every day is a good day for a burger, of course, but today is National Cheeseburger Day. Like my birthday, this isn’t being celebrated universally, but many burger joints have special plans to honor the day. Among them: Bar 145 in Toledo, Ohio, will serve a 10-lb. Americana Burger that serves 20 to 25. Advance […]

Winning Burgers From Le Burger Week

Winning Burgers From Le Burger Week

Canada’s Le Burger Week continues to grow. In its inaugural year in 2012, 30 restaurants in Montreal took part. Last year it expanded to include Quebec City and Winnipeg. This year’s event, held September 1-7, involved 180 burgers across six Canadian cities. As an outreach to stimulate the restaurant business there, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, was included […]

The Best of Bon Appetit’s Best

Chef Michael Scelfo’s “secret burger” set off a social-media frenzy when he ran the kitchen at Russell House Tavern in Cambridge, Mass. He’d tease diners on Twitter or Facebook with hints about the day’s off-menu burger until they just had to have it. Last year he opened his own restaurant across town, Alden & Harlow, […]

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Burger

Some burger bars will be closed on Friday so that staff can grill burgers at home. But many not only will be open, they’ll also be offering house-special 4th of July burgers. Among them: Blue Moon Burgers, Seattle: The Red, White & Blue burger is a third-pound beef patty on a brioche bun slathered with […]

Burgers &: 2014’s Top New Burger Bars Pt. 1

The burger-bar phenomenon wouldn’t have survived as it has without evolving over time. The rise of craft beers helped saved the burger boom when the recession hit. Now, surveying the top burger bars that opened during the first half of 2014, what I’ll call a “Burgers &” phase appears to have set in. Burgers remain […]

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