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Six Bold Burgers for Mardi Gras


Happy Mardi Gras! It’s the annual party in preparation for that parade of boring fish sandwiches onto menus that already has begun. Ugh. As our friends at DMK Burger Bar here put it, Mardi Gras is about “Puttin’ the ‘fat’ in ‘Fat Tuesday,’ but it’s oh-so-worth-it.” Here are six burger

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…

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016 Happily, this wasn’t what I expected. With Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day crowded into February, I expected lots of Creole, Cupid and Honest Abe Burgers of the Month specials. And there are a few…

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site For two years, Wes Rowe has been serving burgers at WesBurger, a pop-up open every Wednesday in San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe. But in less than two months, Rowe will move from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/29

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/29 I can report to you that the state of the burger is strong, creative and fun. As evidence I point to the burgers here from burger bar and chain menus in the past week or so.…

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance Chicken sandwiches finally are being let into the burger bar “club.” That acceptance is shown in chicken beginning to get the extravagant builds that previously was reserved for beef burgers. Certainly, chicken sandwiches (chicken breasts, as…

Steak ‘n Shake Freezes Menu Prices


Steak ‘n Shake will announce today that it will not raise menu prices in 2016. The move comes as other chains have been hiking menu prices to cover rising labor and other operational costs, as well as to compensate for soft customer traffic. For example, Shake Shack this month took

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/22

King Marcel

To balance this week’s continuing discussion of U.S. value menus, I thought I’d close the week with some interesting burgers introduced outside the U.S. There are no discount burgers here; just full-throttle creative builds, including an El Chapo Burger from Canada. With buffalo, reindeer and prawn patties and toppings from

Carl’s Jr. Joins the $4 Bundle Battle

Carl's Jr. $4 Real Deal

Burger chains continue their wheeling and meal-dealing. Carl’s Jr. has upped the ante on what $4 gets you in a bundled value meal. Its $4 Real Deal offer: a Double Cheeseburger plus a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, small fries and a 16-oz. drink. That easily tops Wendy’s “4 for $4” meal,

McOperators Applaud Breakfast Sales


If there’s a problem with McDonald’s introduction of a limited all-day breakfast menu it’s that some customers want the full morning meal lineup 24/7. The problem isn’t sales. Nomura restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski’s survey of 26 domestic franchisees (accounting for 209 stores) finds a much more upbeat attitude than in

The Works Launches Rockstar Burgers


Canadian chain The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro didn’t get the 2013 memo that multi-item promotional menus were over. Burger King and others quit doing seasonal menus then but The Works keeps launching series after series of wild burgers. With its three-burger “Get Stuff’d” LTO menu (including the now-famous candy-filled Reece

McTasters: McDonald’s Next Small Thing

The Greek McTaster

McDonald’s Canada continues its leadership in small thinking with its introduction of a two-item line of McTasters, a mini burger and mini chicken sandwich priced at $2.99 each. This gives Canada an alternative to the McPick 2 for $2 value platform now playing in U.S. McDonald’s. First reported by GrubGrade,

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/15

Bareburger, multiple locations
Sesame-ginger-marinated short rib, kimchi and pickles on a brioche bun

All the discussion of chicken sandwiches this week had me craving a beef burger, so we’ll close the week with nine interesting ones (plus one chicken) on burger concept menus around the world. With toppings ranging from eggplant, corn chimichurri and apple slaw, these burgers show that 2016 is under