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New Cheeseburgers: Upscale & Classic

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It’s here! The election? Well, yes, that, too. But less nerve-wracking is the annual conversion of the winner of this year’s Best of the Bash Award into Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Beers’ latest upscale Finest burger.

The new Billion Dollar Baby burger is inspired by The Jacques Burger, created by Chefs Kathy Sidell and David Daniels of The Met Back Bay in Boston. Their burger won the Best of the Bash Award at the 2016 South Beach Food & Fine Festival earlier this year. At the fest it consisted of a premium blended beef patty, crispy potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, frizzled shallots, Swiss cheese and Parmesan truffle sauce.

As morphed into the Billion Dollar Baby, the LTO burger now is Black Angus beef on a toasted ciabatta bun; topped with peppered bacon, a golden-fried potato cake; creamy, truffle-infused cheese blend; melted Fontina cheese; mayo; shredded romaine and grilled tomatoes.

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bk_homestylecheeseburger2Burger King has quietly added another cheeseburger to its menu as well. The “Homestyle Cheeseburger” (at l.) is a downsized (one quarter-pound patty) version of the recently introduced Bacon King, but  without the bacon. Or the lettuce, tomato or onion. “There are pickles, at least.

In Japan, however, Burger King has introduced two new holiday cheeseburgers as parts of its “Whopper Wonderland” menu. There’s a Quattro-Cheese Whopper and the very festive Garlic Cheese Whopper.

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Dallas-based burger bar Twisted Root Burger Co., a pioneer in the modern burger-bar movement, has expanded to 18 locations and has two more due to open soon. While other burger chains are adding more chicken to their menus, Twisted Root is adding its own new chicken concept. The first Quincy’s Chicken Shack is due to open Nov.15 in Coppell, Texas.

Quincy’s will open with $13.99 family-style meals of chicken (rotisserie or fried), rotisserie potatoes, corn on the cob, romaine salad and warm rolls with house-made honey butter. A lunch menu that includes BBQ Chicken Sliders is anticipated to begin in February 2017.

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