2014 Burger Brackets Voting is Over

Congratulations to champion Burgatory! Thank you for casting a record 149,789 votes and thank you to A.1. Steak Sauce for making this year’s competition possible.
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Wendy’s, Jack Ready Spring Chicken Menus

Wendy’s celebrates spring by continuing its romance with nontraditional burger buns. Later this month it will introduce nationally a Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta sandwich that it tested last year. Wendy’s favorite cheese, Asiago, is back for the Tuscan sandwich, where it will be coupled with spring mix, tomatoes and garlic aïoli.

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Breaking Down the Top 5 Burger Chains

The 10-Ks have been filed with the SEC allowing the annual comparative look at the balance of power among the largest burger chains. There’s one significant change this year.

A few years back, it was widely reported that Wendy’s had passed Burger King and become the No. 2 burger chain. News outlets repeated it [...]

Umami’s Successor to Cronut and Ramen Buns

Umami’s Voltaggio Monte Cristo, with syrup

You’ve seen the Cronut-bun burger and the ramen-bun burger but you haven’t tried what Umami Burger will introduce to the world this Tuesday.

The result of a partnership with high-profile, highly respected Chef Michael Voltaggio, Umami’s Voltaggio Monte Cristo tops the chain’s signature 6-oz. beef burger patty with [...]

Wendy’s High-Low Pricing Pays Off

[Update: Watch for the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger to be Wendy's next premium burger.] The answer is yes. The question was whether a national quick-service burger chain could successfully implement a true “barbell” menu/pricing strategy in this economic and consumer environment. McDonald’s and Burger King have, for now at least, backed off premium-price items to focus [...]

Burger King Arms for $1 Menu Rumble

Burger King has signaled its acceptance of making value menus a 2014 battlefield. The No. 2 burger chain expanded its budget lineup and rechristened it the King Deals Value Menu.

Added as limited-time $1 items are the Rodeo Crispy Chicken and Rodeo Burger, both of which are topped with barbecue sauce and crunchy onion rings. [...]

Wendy’s Takes the High Ground

The “Year of the Bun” continues! Wendy’s this week brings back the Bacon Portabella Melt sandwich it first offered a year ago but this time puts it on a brioche bun for extra flavor and value cachet.

Unlike competitors Burger King and McDonald’s, Wendy’s isn’t shying away from premium-tier burgers. It can do that because [...]

Monday Meeting: QSR Spending & Meat Beasts

The average Vermonter spent $28 on fast food in May. In Oklahoma, however, that’s slightly more than a week’s worth since consumers there spent $101 during the month. These two states are at the extremes in the Intuit Consumer Spending Index’s state-by-state spending data. Intuit uses credit- and debit-card data plus its Mint.com consumer budgeting [...]

Wendy’s Pins Sales Hopes on Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy’s reported a limp +0.4% gain in company-store comp sales for Q2 (vs. a Wall Street consensus expectation of +1.1%). The company is relying on its pricey new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger to rescue 2013 sales.

The Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger needs to be a big hit if Wendy’s is to reach its goal of a [...]