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Burger Buyers Want Thicker Patties

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Burger buyers’ shift from quick-service restaurants to “better burger” fast-casual restaurants continues, and what many are after is simply a thicker burger, according to the “Burger and Chicken Restaurants 2015 Report” from Mintel in the UK. Mintel finds that 7% of British burger fans (meaning they have visited a QSR

Burger Consumption Stays Strong

Burger Consumption Stays Strong Americans’ love affair with burgers is still on, still hot. “Burgers certainly aren’t going away,” says Jennifer Aranas, project director for Chicago researcher Datassential, which has released its MenuTrends Keynote Report on Burgers. “In terms of…

Burger of the Month Specials for August 2015

Burger of the Month Specials for August 2015 Burger restaurants don’t always get sufficient credit for the good works most of them do. They’re constantly asked for food donations or for help raising funds for charities and individuals in need and they almost always…

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie The name says burgers (for now at least), but 5 Napkin Burger is much more. Its six locations—three in Manhattan, where it began in 2008, with another opening soon; one in Yonkers, N.Y.; and one each…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/10

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 7/10 The creativity that drives the burger business seemingly is bottomless. The variety of ingredients included in this week’s seven intriguing burgers is striking: beer glaze, shaved fennel salad, chutney, summer squash, jalapeňo relish and more. It’s…

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Having substituted new Artisan Grilled Chicken as an improvement for its grilled product this spring, McDonald’s now is introducing an improvement on its crispy chicken patty: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. The rollout had been expected. The…

Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

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Casual-dining restaurants enjoyed a 2% increase in customer traffic at lunch during the 12 months ended in June 2015, according to The NPD Group. This was the mid-scale table-service segment’s first increase for the daypart in five years. How did casual dining improve in the face of fast casual’s steady

‘Better Burger Project’ Finalists Named

Five finalists have been named for the “Better Burger Project” competition. Launched by the Mushroom Council on Memorial Day, it challenged chefs to blend ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create alternative burgers that are delicious, healthy and sustainable. The finalists, who received the most Instagram uploads by consumers

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 8.14

This was such a good week for interesting burgers from around the world that I had to stop myself at 10. We have the return of Cronuts and the growing popularity of chorizo. Spanish Manchego cheese makes two appearances, and it truly is a terrific burger cheese. Vegetables continue to

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken

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Having substituted new Artisan Grilled Chicken as an improvement for its grilled product this spring, McDonald’s now is introducing an improvement on its crispy chicken patty: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. The rollout had been expected. The new chicken product was tipped, unexpectedly, in March by the Food Allergy Research &

QSRs’ Labor Productivity Challenge

As restaurants look ahead to the challenge of higher wages, quick-service operators already face a labor productivity deficit. The foodservice industry’s overall labor productivity—output per hour—rose just 0.3% from 2013 to 2014, compared with 2.6% for wholesale trade and a 1.9% increase for retail trade, according to new data from

A Trio of Chicken News Bites

Could any burger QSR other than Shake Shack say it has raised prices a whopping 6% in the past year and not be vilified? McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s would be roasted by the Street; Motley Fool would froth with indignation. But Shake Shack is a Wall Street darling, not

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

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The name says burgers (for now at least), but 5 Napkin Burger is much more. Its six locations—three in Manhattan, where it began in 2008, with another opening soon; one in Yonkers, N.Y.; and one each in Boston and Miami Beach—have an eclectic menu where burgers star but sushi rolls,