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McDonald’s to Add Sirloin Third Pound Burgers

McDonald’s to Add Sirloin Third Pound Burgers

Responding to suggestions from consumers and analysts that it add something bold to its menu, McDonald’s announced it will bring back third-pound burgers. This time, however, the line is called Sirloin Third Pound burgers and the chain says it will be in stores later this month (nationwide by May 11) and available until the end […]

Carl’s Jr. Claims First QSR ‘Natural’ Burger

Carl’s Jr. Claims First QSR ‘Natural’ Burger

Carl’s Jr. will introduce what it says is the first “all-natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, n steroids, grass-fed, free-range beef patty” from any major quick-service chain. The item also is the latest effort by a QSR chain to reach out to the 18-to-34-year-old Millennial age group, some of whom are choosing fast-casual chains such as […]

Ag Economist Sees Record Beef Prices Ahead

Higher food prices seem a certain result of the drought that has parched about one-third of the U.S. How high prices might go, which proteins will see the sharpest gains and when operators and consumers will feel the impact are the key questions, and there are disagreements and conflicting forecasts. Should burger-concept operators be concerned, […]

Tom Galis Believes Simplicity, Quality Make a Goodburger

Tom Galis loves burgers but the burger business itself is starting to leave him a little cold. Galis (officially Gialamboukis, but no one calls him that) operates the six Goodburger locations in New York City, and he readily concedes that his restaurants’ are like reliable Toyota Corollas parked among amenity-laden BMWs. It may not be flashy, […]

Stuffed and Other Burger Trends for 2011

Stuffed and Other Burger Trends for 2011

Apparently it’s crystal-ball-prediction time and I’m already late. So I’ll give one prediction plus a few burger trend observations. 2011 will be the Year of the Stuffed Burger. Why? Because Burger King is going to show off what its new broilers can do by adding cheese-stuffed burgers early next year. Once it does, burger joints […]

Tom & Eddie Talk Burgers & Fries

Tom Dentice and Ed Rensi opened Tom & Eddie’s, an upscale burger joint, this summer at Yorktown mall in Lombard, Ill., outside Chicago. The menu is a bit pricier than McDonald’s— with which both men spent their working careers and from which thy retired 13 years ago (Rensi as president-CEO of McDonald’s USA and Dentice […]

South St. Burger Co.’s Menu for Success

  The first South St. Burger Co. opened in Toronto in 2005; this week a 13th location, all in Canada, joined the fun. Although it’s one of several “better burger” concepts that have sprung up in recent years, chain President Jay Gould (right) says he believes South St.’s limited menu and emphasis on upscale toppings […]

What Bon App Missed: 10 REALLY New Burger Joints

I won’t quibble with any of Bon Appétit’s choices for its “Top 10 Best New Burger Spots.” All 10 look great, and DMK Burger Bar is heavenly. But eight of the 10 opened in 2009. This week we are halfway through 2010, so how can Umami Burger, which opened in February 2009, still be considered “new”?  Yes, Minetta Tavern’s […]

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