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2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

The world is flat, or at least that part of the world that is the restaurant business in 2016. Flat sales. Flat (at best) customer traffic. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, which index the industry’s health, stood at 100.8 in October (the latest available), virtually unchanged from its 100.6 in January. The NPD […]

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

Guessing the upcoming year’s trends is an odd game. We usually get either the ridiculous (one seer expects we’ll all be eating chocolate cake for breakfast) or the obvious (watch for sriracha to be big). But trends don’t magically rev up on January 1, of course. They’re getting going now. So this list isn’t a […]

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 […]

Will McDonald’s Sell Mac Sauce at Retail?

Will McDonald’s Sell Mac Sauce at Retail?

[Jan 2017 Update: McDonald’s will give away 10,000 bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce (400 per region) as part of its rollout of the Mac Jr. and Grand Mac extensions.]   McDonald’s is looking to leverage a powerful weapon it didn’t fully realize it had until earlier this year: Big Mac Special Sauce. But since […]

What College Students Want From QSRs

What College Students Want From QSRs

This fall, about 20.5 million students will be enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, where they will encounter sophisticated and diverse campus foodservice options. Of course, that won’t keep them from occasionally visiting off-campus restaurants, where they’ll have strong expectations about taste, price and quality. A new study of college-student eating habits and expectations conducted […]

Bacon Jam Spreads as Hot Burger Topping

Bacon Jam Spreads as Hot Burger Topping

The third-pound Dayzed & Confused is among the signature burgers at Jax Burgers and Brews, which opened earlier this year in Lexington, Ky. It stands out not only because Donut Days Bakery glazed donuts serve as buns for it but also because the beef patty is smothered in Brie cheese and the condiment that quickly […]

Patty Melt: The Last American Burger

Patty Melt: The Last American Burger

Patty melts are retro, old school, classic. The simplicity of a thin burger patty with cheese or cheese sauce between slices of bread, toasted or not, is the epitome of diner fare. That’s why you’re most likely to find a true melt at throw-back diner concepts such as Steak ‘n Shake (which menus five melts), […]

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