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McDonald’s Testing Fry-Toppings Menu

McDonald’s Testing Fry-Toppings Menu

McDonald’s has made no secret that it is trying new ideas with its “core” menu items. It’s testing three sizes of the Big Mac. It’s trying out fresh ground beef for its Quarter Pounder with Cheese. But what about those “World Famous French Fries”? Here, McDonald’s is trying flavored Gilroy Garlic Fries in San Francisco, […]

Deconstructing the All-American Burger

Deconstructing the All-American Burger

The average American restaurant burger is a $10.50 pre-formed, 8-oz. ground-chuck patty with American cheese, tomato, bacon and ketchup served on a brioche bun with fries on the side. That’s the picture painted by ground-beef purveyor Schweid & Sons’ 2016 Burger Trends Report. The survey is based on operations data from more than 100 Schweid […]

Potato Chips Trending as Burger Topping

Potato Chips Trending as Burger Topping

In the burger world, oddities can quickly become standards. So when Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s did their Most American Thickburger topped with potato chips (and a split hot dog), it was out of the ordinary. But in a social-media second, potato chips began showing up on top of burgers. It’s an extension of the larger […]

Butter Becoming Burger Battleground

Butter Becoming Burger Battleground

Burger joints can load up burgers with wild toppings. It’s part of  burgers’ charm. But one of the hottest ingredients seems to be a staple of any restaurant kitchen: butter. Burger King is testing an Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger—with the emphasis on BUTTERY in POP displays—according to GrubGrade. This is an obvious response to what […]

16 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2016

16 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2016

For the sixth year, BurgerBusiness.com offers a list of expanding burger concepts to watch in the year ahead. By and large, these are small chains and that’s the idea: we’re well aware of such fast-growing, 20-plus-store chains as Smashburger, BurgerFi and Burger 21. These are concepts that may just be moving away from their original […]

Five Burger Trends for 2016

Five Burger Trends for 2016

My prediction for 2015 was for a Year of the Cheeseburger, meaning renewed popularity for classic, simple, top-quality burgers, and I think that has been one of this year’s most prominent narratives. OK, the forecast for more burger/coffee pairings may not have been prescient, but expectations that in-house pickling, breakfast burgers and non-meat burgers would […]

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 […]

Red Robin Fashions Trendy Fall Lineup

Red Robin Fashions Trendy Fall Lineup

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers again adds a seasonal burger for fall, but this year it also taps into two hot menu trends: topping burgers with hot dogs or sausage, and dressing up fries into entrée-size creations. Through Nov. 1, Red Robin puts a new item in its premium-price Finest burger lineup: the ÜberBurger. Carrying a […]

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