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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 […]

New Burger Concepts: The Class of 2016

New Burger Concepts: The Class of 2016

Is restaurant-industry entrepreneurism fading? Earlier this month, I reported on research from UK firm Horizons that concluded a decline in entrepreneurial activity there has followed the “Brexit” vote to split with the European Union. We don’t have such an economic turning point here, but entrepreneurial activity, at least in the burger segment, has slowed in […]

A Gallery of Top Thanksgiving Burgers

A Gallery of Top Thanksgiving Burgers

Thanksgiving is an important holiday for burger bars. It’s an opportunity for kitchen staff and menu R&D folks to branch out from beef with inventive turkey burgers (or in several cases, turkey/duck/chicken burgers). Here are some of the top Thanksgiving burgers at burger joints from A (The Avenue’s Feast burger) to Z (Zombie Burger + […]

Are More Beer Burgers on Tap?

Are More Beer Burgers on Tap?

When I predicted last year that 2016 would see more beer/burger collaborations I was thinking more about marketing, but burger joints had something else in mind. GrubGrade and ChewBoom have reported that Wendy’s is testing a Bacon & Beer Cheese Burger in Houston. This burger has applewood-smoked bacon, beer-cheese spread and caramelized onions on a […]

Tater Tots Triumph at Burger Bars

Tater Tots Triumph at Burger Bars

Tater tots have been around for more than 60 years, spending much of that time on school-lunch trays. It’s estimated that Americans eat 70 million pounds of the little darlin’s annually. And, like mac ‘n cheese, tots have moved from cafeterias to restaurants, and from sides to mains. This is especially true at burger joints, […]

New Cheeseburgers: Upscale & Classic

New Cheeseburgers: Upscale & Classic

It’s here! The election? Well, yes, that, too. But less nerve-wracking is the annual conversion of the winner of this year’s Best of the Bash Award into Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Beers’ latest upscale Finest burger. The new Billion Dollar Baby burger is inspired by The Jacques Burger, created by Chefs Kathy Sidell and […]

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 10/14

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 10/14

Can you find a list of burgers on menus recently that better displays the diversity of contemporary burgers? It was intentional, but the variety of ingredients used here is remarkable. For proteins, there are Andouille/beef, chicken, sausage, bison and lamb patties. For non-meat eaters there’s a quinoa patty. You want topping options? How about walnut-crusted […]

BK’s Classic Cheeseburger; Zagat’s Top 30

BK’s Classic Cheeseburger; Zagat’s Top 30

A round of applause for Burger King, please. I’ve continually criticized it for its endless variations on its Whopper (Angry and otherwise) and gimmicky brand extensions like Cheetos Chicken Fries. But now the chain has stepped up with a cheeseburger-lover’s bacon cheeseburger with no frills or silliness. The new $5.99 Bacon King burger is two […]

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