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McDonald’s Testing Fry-Toppings Menu

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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

Burger of the Month Specials: May 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: May 2016 Welcome to National Burger Month. The world’s burger bars are certainly in a celebratory mood, as evidenced by the May Burger of the Month Specials on menus. As always, some amazing creativity is at play. I…

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…

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion Hwy 55 is 25 years old and on the move. Well-established in its home territory of North Carolina, the concept is expanding through the Southeast. Founder and president Kenney Moore just signed a master franchise agreement…

An Intriguing National Hamburger Day

An Intriguing National Hamburger Day National Hamburger Day is tomorrow, May 28, and while the mission of this site is to celebrate burgers every day, a tip of the hat is in order. There’s no simpler way to applaud the creativity…

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.…

Harvey’s Revamps Beverages Menu

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Canadian burger chain Harvey’s today addresses the one gap in its reputation for invention and variety by launching a new frozen-beverages menu and summer-long value offer across all beverages. The “Summer Drink Deals” initiative introduces smoothies, slushies, frozen lemonades and iced cappuccinos in a variety of flavors and at 99¢

McDonald’s Puts Fresh Beef to the Test

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In his April 22, 2016, Q1 earnings call with analysts, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook proclaimed the chain’s dedication to “innovating to address customers’ changing demands.” Some innovations are small, such as buttering English Muffin halves. And some changes are big. Very big. In 14 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth market–according

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 5/13

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Soft-shell-crab, baba ganoush, dolphin, braised beef tongue, pecan pesto, tostones, maple-soaked bacon and lots of arugula are among the ingredients used with this latest installment of Most Intriguing Burgers of the Week. I’ll let you know when the burger business has run out of ideas, but it won’t be soon.

Jack in the Box Traffic, Sales Slow

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Jack in the Box customer traffic at company stores declined by 2.4% in its Q2, ended April 15, 2016, but the company doesn’t believe that changes in core menu items it made at the beginning of the year was responsible. That initiative—highlighted by a change in burger buns—has been well

Burger Fest Lineup at Rockit Burger Bar

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Chicago’s Rockit Burger Bar has established itself as one of the country’s premier burger joints not only because of the everyday creative quality of its burgers but also because it knows how to throw a mean burger party. Rockit’s 11th annual Burger Fest begins next Monday (May 16), running though

American-Theme Concepts Conquering UK

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American-theme restaurant concepts—especially barbecues and smokehouses, burger bars and diners—are a major growth area in the UK restaurant scene, British researcher Horizons report. The onslaught is so great, in fact, that they may overtake Mexican concepts as the major growth channel. “American casual dining certainly isn’t new to the UK

Potato Chips Trending as Burger Topping

Bobby Flay was an early champion of chips on top, rather than over with the pickle.

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