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16 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2016

16 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2016

For the sixth year, BurgerBusiness.com offers a list of expanding burger concepts to watch in the year ahead. By and large, these are small chains and that’s the idea: we’re well aware of such fast-growing, 20-plus-store chains as Smashburger, BurgerFi and Burger 21. These are concepts that may just be moving away from their original […]

Habit Burger Sees 2,000-Unit Future

Habit Burger Sees 2,000-Unit Future

“Who?” was a common response last July when Consumer Reports declared that The Habit Burger Grill has America’s best-tasting burgers, topping In-N-Out, Five Guys, Smashburger and others. Considering the Irvine-Calif.-based chain barely had 100 units, almost all of them in California, the confusion was understandable. But the announcement “did incredible things for our business,” President-CEO […]

Umami Burger Arrives in Chicago

Umami Burger Arrives in Chicago

Umami Burger opens its first Chicago location on September 18, the 24th unit in what is quietly becoming a chain to contend with nationally and not just on the West Coast. The media mantra now is that the burger segment is losing customers, especially Millennials, to options like Chipotle, but concepts such as Umami Burger—with […]

14 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2014

14 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2014

The burger category continually remakes itself. New concepts are created. One-offs morph into multi-unit endeavors. Small chains spread out and away from their home markets. New names become familiar brands. Below are 14 concepts that are on the move. These are concepts that might not be well known yet—just as BurgerFi, Burger 21, Big Smoke, […]

2014 Burger Trends Forecast: Freshness & Loyalty

2014 Burger Trends Forecast: Freshness & Loyalty

No, the “burger boom” still isn’t over. It remains vital and appealing to both consumers and entrepreneurs. Burgers are culinary survivors: They can adapt no matter where mainstream tastes flow. If Peruvian-Korean fusion cuisine or heirloom tomatoes are what strike diners’ fancies, burgers can handle them. Given the culinary and business currents we’re already seeing, […]

Burgers Star in BJ’s Restaurants’ Value Shift

Every restaurant chain is struggling to redefine value a consumers cut back on away-from-home dining. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse’s definition includes introduction next month of a new line of BJ’s Brewhouse Burgers as part of a streamlined menu. The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based casual-dining chain announced a 2.2% decline in same-store sales for its Q3 ended […]

Pal’s: America’s Least-Known Well-Run Burger Chain

Pal’s Sudden Service is almost unknown nationally but loved with cult-like ardor in its Tennessee/Virginia territory. Its 23 funky, boxy double-drive-thru restaurants tell you that Pal’s isn’t like other QSRs, which has been a point of pride since Pal Barger founded it in 1956. The Kingsport, Tenn.-based chain’s menu is limited to a few burgers, […]

Mini Burgers Among Menu Items Jack Cuts

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Say goodbye to Jack’s little friends: Mini Sirloin Burgers are history.  In a May 19 conference call with analysts to discuss fiscal Q2 earnings, Jack in the Box Chairman-President-CEO Linda Lang said the chain would install new menu boards in June. The goal is to make room on the menu for “showcasing our variety, highlighting average check […]

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