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Bacon Jam, Garlic Fries & Fish Fries

Bacon Jam, Garlic Fries & Fish Fries

So this is happening: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are the first national QSR chains to use bacon jam as a topping. As I wrote just a week ago, bacon jam is rising in popularity as a sweet and tangy burger spread. Now Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have introduced it on their new Bacon 3-Way Thickburger. […]

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack in the Box today introduces its latest upscale burger LTO, called Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger (below). The name alludes to a Porter Ale cheese sauce that partners with its signature 1/4-lb. beef patty, grilled onions, bacon tomato, lettuce and “creamy pub sauce” on a toasted potato bun. This burger & brew blend closely follows […]

McDonald’s Introducing $9 Lobster Roll

McDonald’s Introducing $9 Lobster Roll

McDonald’s is announcing the return of the Lobster Roll to menus in 600+ New England and Albany, N.Y., locations. Summer lobster comes at a price, and this year it’s $8.99 a la carte, a $1 increase from 2015. Last year’s was the first time in a decade that McDonald’s had offered the Lobster Roll, often […]

15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For

15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For

The competitive environment, especially among burger chains, is intense now. That results in low- or no-growth quarters and a reliance on discounts. It also has pushed chains to market test lots of potential menu additions. Wendy’s just moved its Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger, tested last year, onto its menu. McDonald’s is testing fresh ground beef and […]

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger chains are accelerating menu R&D to counter a continuing softness in the market. The National Restaurants Association reports that its Restaurant Performance Index dipped 1.4 points from February, with its Current Situation Index and Expectation Index both showing declines. As a result, a string of new menu items are going into test or onto […]

BK Extends Chicken Fries Brand to Rings

BK Extends Chicken Fries Brand to Rings

Burger King is the royalty of line extensions. It has revived the Whopper franchise a hundredfold with new or semi-new versions. It’s doing the same now with the Chicken Fries brand it first introduced in 2005. They were gone in 2012; back s an LTO in August 2014; then permanently back in March 2015. We’ve […]

McDonald’s France Tries ‘NY Street Food’

McDonald’s France Tries ‘NY Street Food’

McDonald’s European operations have a longstanding crush on New York City. The NYCrispy burger arrived in Spain in 2009. In 2010, its Czech stores were featuring burgers named for city boroughs like the Brooklyn Classic and McDonald’s Germany had cupcakes named for SoHo, Chelsea and other neighborhoods. That same year, the Czech operators introduced the […]

The Works Believes in Bacon

The Works Believes in Bacon

Does anyone believe in bacon more strongly than The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro? LA’s The Oinkster, maybe, but few others. For the third time, Oakville, Ont.-based The Works has mounted a “Baconism” menu promotion, this time titled “Believe in Baconism,” and the burger specials are impressive as always. One of this year’s new burgers is […]

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