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Fries Get Funkier as Chains Limit LTOs

McDonald’s is testing seasoned fries.

Quick-service chains have slowed the rate of major LTO introductions. Fewer new creative entrees are joining menus as chains seek to avoid adding new ingredients or complicating operations. So where’s the innovation? Fries.

With protein prices high, burger chains and others are looking at new [...]

Are Burgers Behind the Buffalo Sauce Surge?

We ate 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl XVIII, a good portion of them with spicy Buffalo sauce, no doubt. The same was true of the 13.5 billion wings the National Chicken Council estimated Americans ate in 2012.

Source: Mintel Menu Insights

Buffalo sauce has been with us for years and it seems [...]

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.

Victory Burger’s Kimchi/Mayo Burger: Fresh toppings, house-made sauces [...]

Pretzel Burgers Can’t Save Ruby Tuesday

Pretzel-bun burgers may be all the rage, but they couldn’t keep casual-dining chain Ruby Tuesday from a double-digit debacle. For its fiscal quarter ended Sept. 3, 2013, the casual-dining chain reported an 11.4% plunge in same-store sales at company restaurants.

Ruby Tuesday’s Spicy Jalapeno Pretzel Burger

The dive came despite the chain’s biggest menu [...]

Updating the Summer’s Burger Trends

Here’s where we are with four trends influencing the burger business:

Sonic’s Breakfast Burritos: now with egg whites.

BLT: Bacon mania has, not surprisingly, brought a renaissance for the BLT sandwich. BLT burgers had to follow and they have. McDonald’s first tried a Quarter Pounder BLT in Japan, then moved it to Canada. [...]

Can Suggestive Selling Save McDonald’s?

Would you like an order of high-profit fries with that? McDonald’s Corp. says it is using more suggestive selling at U.S. restaurant counters to combat “challenged” sales.

New Quarter Pounders were Q2′s major menu addition.

It likely will take much more than that to keep McDonald’s growing, but CEO Don Thompson offered no new [...]

Fries Moving From Side to Topping

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is featuring the Pittsburger for Father’s Day.

The question “Want fries with that?” is being replaced by “Want fries on that?” as the never-ending search for new toppings moves fries from the side to the top. Pizza Hut Canada this week introduced Cheesy Beef Poutine pan-crust pizza topped with a [...]

Buffalo Wings Its Way Onto Burger Menus

The Counter’s bison burger with black-eyed-pea salsa.

Is bison poised to succeed lamb as the next hip, hot burger protein? Given The Counter’s decision this week to make bison a permanent build-your-own-burger option coupled with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ revelation that it is considering a new line of premium Kobe beef and perhaps bison [...]