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McD’s Jalapeňo Kicker Becomes the Jalapeňo Double

McD’s Jalapeňo Kicker Becomes the Jalapeňo Double

It may be a sign of the troubles and doubts that have beset McDonald’s that its desire for a noteworthy jalapeňo burger has been scaled back to the new $2 Jalapeňo Double burger. This addition to the Dollar Menu & More has been spreading to McDonald’s menus across the South and seems destined to be proclaimed […]

Ground Beef Prices Spike in April

Ground Beef Prices Spike in April

Spring has brought with it acceleration in beef-price increases that hurt consumers and all restaurants, but hit burger joint particularly hard. In April 2014, the average price per pound for ground chuck rose 3.8% to $3.886, according to the latest Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared with April 2013, ground […]

McDonald’s Readies Bacon Clubhouse Burger

McDonald’s Readies Bacon Clubhouse Burger

McDonald’s next week will introduce premium-price Bacon Clubhouse beef and chicken burgers in an attempt to regain its pricing equilibrium after a long spell of Dollar Menu & More budget-price promotion. McDonald’s describes the Bacon Clubhouse as “Thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized grilled onions, white Cheddar, crisp leaf lettuce and fresh tomato, all lovingly layered […]

McDonald’s Fancies Chicken Schnitzel in Australia

McDonald’s Fancies Chicken Schnitzel in Australia

McDonald’s will relaunch its “M Selections” premium tier to its menu in Australia next month when it unveils new Chicken Schnitzel sandwiches on sourdough, a breakfast burger and brands it all with distinctive black packaging. A second phase to the campaign in late March will see the return of the Angus the Great burger and […]

Premium Burger Lifts Red Robin

Premium Burger Lifts Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ results for Q4 and 2013 weren’t smoke and mirrors; they were Smoke & Pepper. The chain said the success of the premium-price Smoke & Pepper Signature Burger—the first of a planned Finest burger line—contributed significantly to the Q4 results. Comp sales were up 3.7% for Q4 and up 4% for the […]

Red Robin Likes Brown-Sugar-Bacon BBQ Burger

Red Robin Likes Brown-Sugar-Bacon BBQ Burger

This is the Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Bar-B-Que Burger. The build is brown-sugar bacon, Heinz Honey Barbecue Sauce, sharp Cheddar and grilled red onion. The burger itself or perhaps a topping “Style” based on it for the chain’s Tavern burgers could join the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers menu as an LTO in the future. The creator […]

Red Robin Unveils its Premium Burger Line

Red Robin Unveils its Premium Burger Line

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers pushes ahead with its ongoing brand transformation this week with the systemwide introduction of the first of the premium-price burgers the chain has been testing for the past year. Red Robin is calling these new burgers its Finest line. The first to move onto the menu is the Finest Smoke & […]

Wendy’s Takes the High Ground

Wendy’s Takes the High Ground

The “Year of the Bun” continues! Wendy’s this week brings back the Bacon Portabella Melt sandwich it first offered a year ago but this time puts it on a brioche bun for extra flavor and value cachet. Unlike competitors Burger King and McDonald’s, Wendy’s isn’t shying away from premium-tier burgers. It can do that because […]

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