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Black Tap Scores at Burger Bash

Black Tap Scores at Burger Bash

The 8th Annual Burger Bash was held Friday (10/16) at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Food Network star Rachael Ray hosted, as always. Winner of the People’s Choice Award was Manhattan’s Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer for its Black Tap Kobe Beef Burger (above): Kobe beef with house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese […]

Is Flavor Infusion the Next Bun Thing?

Is Flavor Infusion the Next Bun Thing?

Pizza chains try to outdo each with flavored pizza crusts and burgers could be in for a similar competition, this one involving flavored burger buns. Wayback Burgers’ latest LTO (available through year-end) is the Crispy Chicken Sriracha Sandwich that boasts chicken tenders topped with a creamy Sriracha sauce, sriracha grilled onions, pepper-Jack cheese, lettuce and […]

Sides Prove Profitable Check Builders

Sides Prove Profitable Check Builders

If the goal is to increase average checks, a popular means to that end for quick-service restaurants recently has been to bundle fries and a beverage with a burger to ensure that high-margin sides are purchased. An example is Wendy’s new “4 for $4 Meal”: Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, four chicken nuggets, small fries and a […]

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 10/9

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 10/9

What’s intriguing this week? For one, how far crowdsourcing has come. The first two burgers on this week’s list are customer creations, winners of burger-bar competitions, and they’re pretty sophisticated–chipotle Gouda cheese, Portobello-mushroom cap buns, etc.—not silly. Another ongoing trend tapped here is greater incorporation of vegetables and fruits into burger builds. Italian burger bar […]

Burger of the Month Specials: Oct. 2015

Burger of the Month Specials: Oct. 2015

Let’s all agree that you can do an Octoberfest burger as the October Burger of the Month special, but only if you add your own twist to it. Otherwise, why bother? And nearly all the Octoberfest specials here have some creative touches. For example, Milwaukee Burger Co. in Eau Claire, Wis., starts with a bratwurst […]

Burger King Plans McWhopperless Peace Day

Burger King Plans McWhopperless Peace Day

Would that governments were as tenacious about promoting peace as is Burger King. Rebuffed by McDonald’s, Burger King has accepted the overtures from others and has announced that its Peace Day Burger will be offered for on Sept. 21, 2015, only in an Atlanta pop-up restaurant. A total of 1,500 Peace Day Burgers will be […]

Chains Race to Protect Breakfast Sales

Chains Race to Protect Breakfast Sales

McDonald’s upcoming October 6 introduction of a limited all-day breakfast menu has not just other QSRs but also mid-price family concepts scrambling to defend their breakfast turfs. The NPD Group reported that breakfast has been the fast growing daypart, with a 4% increase in customer counts during the 12 months ended May 2015. No chain […]

‘This is McDonald’s?’ A New Taste Strategy

‘This is McDonald’s?’ A New Taste Strategy

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One of McDonald’s toughest challenges isn’t food quality; it’s the widespread knee-jerk negativity that immediately dismisses its food as bad. It isn’t cool to like McDonald’s, an affliction from which some media outlets suffer. McDonald’s is an easy and frequent target for snarky tweets and elitist jabs from people who likely have never been there. […]