National chains made a lot of noise last week, from Burger King’s black Whopper and McDonald’s 100% organic burger to Johnny Rockets’ latest concept and Jack in the Box’s “Home of Breakfast Served All Day” strategy. As a result, it was easy to overlook independent burger bars and small chains. That shouldn’t happen because many, […]
Not surprisingly, a few burger bars use back-to-school themes for their September Burger of the Month specials. But what should we make of two joints doing Zeus burgers? Did Greek gods have birthday months? The Wayback Burgers chain is offering a “Back to School Meatloaf Burger” (meatloaf seasoning, jalapeňo ketchup, peppered bacon, tomato, lettuce and […]
Dugg Burger, which opened in February 2015 in Dallas, is a different process, not just a new brand. Reversing the standard build of piling toppings on the burger patty, Dugg Burger digs out the crown of the bun and puts chosen toppings there. Meanwhile, the burger patty finishes grilling and is topped with choice of […]
At the year’s halfway point, it’s clear the burger marketplace is changing. Fewer new independent burger concepts are blossoming but what were fresh indies a few years back are rapidly morphing into regional chains. For example, Bru Burger in Indianapolis was a member of BurgerBusiness’s Class of 2012. Since then it has opened in Lexington, […]
After 17 year as a McDonald’s operator, Jim Williams walked away in 2001 to do something different: open a burger joint. So began the small, proudly old-fashioned Wild Willy’s Burgers chain. Williams left McDonald’s when platform changes meant burgers were cooked ahead of time, binned and reheated. “One day at my restaurant, I made a […]
Chanticleer Holdings Inc. is buying burger concepts, although its entry into restaurants came in 2006 when it bought a minority interest in wing-concept Hooters of America Inc. (HOA), that brand’s parent company. In 2011 the Charlotte, N.C.-based firm exercised its right of first refusal to acquire HOA and it operates or franchises more than 400 […]
The burger business is truly international as this edition of “The Most Intriguing Burgers” evidences. There are interesting burger builds and ideas available around the world. Start this week with a look at just a few of the interesting burgers that surfaced last week. .