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17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

A recent BurgerBusiness post questioned whether burger-category entrepreneurship is flagging, given a perceived decline in the number of new burger concepts opening this year. I continue to believe that’s true, but I also know that expansion by small and/or young chains has picked up steam. Burgers remain strong. Gathered here are 17 burger concepts that […]

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we? Oh, we do. Proving that after seven years of BurgerBusiness.com I still have much to learn and still can […]

More Mid-Week Menu Moves

More Mid-Week Menu Moves

Burger-joint menu R&D just never takes a holiday. Here’s some of what’s happening: Wendy’s confirmed what BurgerBusiness.com readers knew last week: It has introduced its Spicy Sriracha Chicken sandwich plus Bacon Sriracha Fries. Marketing is all about sriracha: The sandwich has a sriracha-infused bun; there is a bit of sriracha aïoli on the burger; and […]

New Burger Concepts: The Class of 2016

New Burger Concepts: The Class of 2016

Is restaurant-industry entrepreneurism fading? Earlier this month, I reported on research from UK firm Horizons that concluded a decline in entrepreneurial activity there has followed the “Brexit” vote to split with the European Union. We don’t have such an economic turning point here, but entrepreneurial activity, at least in the burger segment, has slowed in […]

McDonald’s Expands Fresh Beef Test

McDonald’s Expands Fresh Beef Test

McDonald’s hasn’t shared much from its Dallas test of fresh ground beef, but apparently it is going well enough to expand the test market. Newspaper Tulsa World reports that the chain is now testing fresh-beef Quarter Pounders (only) in about 75 stores in that Oklahoma city. “These new fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers are one […]

Shack Pizza, Starbucks Breakfast, Etc.

Shack Pizza, Starbucks Breakfast, Etc.

While you were holiday shopping, here’s some of what was happening in the burger business: Shake Shack doesn’t do pizza … yet. But it comes close this week in a collaboration between its Coral Gables and Miami locations and Harry’s Pizzeria in Miami, an LTO partnership that coincides with Miami Art Week. The $6.89 Harry’s […]

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition

Going out Black Friday shopping? Don’t you wish you could score one of these fabulous burgers? Everyone on your list wishes you could, too. Be careful out there.   Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago Executive Chef James Lintelmann’s B+B Burger Beef, house-made bread + butter pickle, American cheese, rémoulade and fries   Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom, […]

A Gallery of Top Thanksgiving Burgers

A Gallery of Top Thanksgiving Burgers

Thanksgiving is an important holiday for burger bars. It’s an opportunity for kitchen staff and menu R&D folks to branch out from beef with inventive turkey burgers (or in several cases, turkey/duck/chicken burgers). Here are some of the top Thanksgiving burgers at burger joints from A (The Avenue’s Feast burger) to Z (Zombie Burger + […]

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