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2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

2016’s Best & Worst in Burgers

The world is flat, or at least that part of the world that is the restaurant business in 2016. Flat sales. Flat (at best) customer traffic. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, which index the industry’s health, stood at 100.8 in October (the latest available), virtually unchanged from its 100.6 in January. The NPD […]

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

2017’s Burger Trends, As Seen in 2016

Guessing the upcoming year’s trends is an odd game. We usually get either the ridiculous (one seer expects we’ll all be eating chocolate cake for breakfast) or the obvious (watch for sriracha to be big). But trends don’t magically rev up on January 1, of course. They’re getting going now. So this list isn’t a […]

Tasty Made Changes Beef & Prices

Tasty Made Changes Beef & Prices

Chipotle’s Tasty Made burger concept has switched from the “better beef” it touted at opening, opting instead for conventionally raised beef that has allowed it to lower prices, according to a client note from Nomura Instinet restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski. His assessment of the Lancaster, Ohio, restaurant is interesting, observant and informed. Chipotle opened the […]

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 […]

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