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More Mid-Week Menu Moves

More Mid-Week Menu Moves

Burger-joint menu R&D just never takes a holiday. Here’s some of what’s happening: Wendy’s confirmed what BurgerBusiness.com readers knew last week: It has introduced its Spicy Sriracha Chicken sandwich plus Bacon Sriracha Fries. Marketing is all about sriracha: The sandwich has a sriracha-infused bun; there is a bit of sriracha aïoli on the burger; and […]

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, […]

The Best of Halloween Burgers

The Best of Halloween Burgers

No one does Halloween like Americans, but we don’t seem to have the hang of great Halloween burgers. Burger King did a black Halloween burger here last year but this year, nothing. Its Singapore operation, however, has a wild Zom-B burger. The Local Burger Co. in Melbourne, Australia, has a burger black bun, black chili […]

Gimmicks Lose Appeal as BK Sales Dip

Gimmicks Lose Appeal as BK Sales Dip

Burger King may have gone to the well too often. US/Canada same-store sales were negative (-0.5%) as Cheetos Chicken Fries—playing off its Chicken Fries and Mac ‘n Cheetos items—failed to draw a crowd. Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), cited undeniable “industry softness” for the decline, an explanation that loses some persuasiveness […]

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 […]

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