November's featured burger at The Counter features sliced ham, sweet potato hash, cranberries, spinach, and rosemary cream sauce on a spiced turkey patty.
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For a limited time, McDonald's in Norway offered the New York Beef made with a 100 percent Norwegian beef patty topped with cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, mayo, slices of tomato, diced onion, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. As for what makes that New York-themed, I don't know. But being a New Yorker, I had to try it.
McDonald's recently upgraded their Quarter Pounder with three new variations: Bacon Habanero Ranch, Bacon and Cheese, and Deluxe Quarter Pounder. But despite the nice makeup job, that sad, tired beef still shows through.
After product testing earlier this year, Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger reportedly scored higher than any other promotional hamburger in recent Wendy's history. How you feel about it will likely boil down to how you feel about Wendy's, period.
I wasn't expecting much from Red Robin's two new Wolverine-inspired burgers, but, to my amazement, these burgers weren't terrible, especially the Berserker burger topped with pickles and onion strings.
I'm not sure six strips of bacon versus two really warrants a Superman comparison, but there's nothing not to like here. Except for the silly name they gave to the invented piece of porcine architecture that graces this movie tie-in burger.
Have you ever had a terrible slice of pizza and thought, "Boy, I wish I could combine this with a mediocre hamburger!" If so, you're in luck! Boston Pizza has read your mind and created a product just for you.
Of Burger King's new menu items, four are burgers aimed at very different demographics. All are limited-time offerings. At least two deserve to be.
The new Jim Beam Bourbon Thickburger is a clever twist, sure to excite a certain demographic of young male fast food consumers who will be intrigued simply by the alcohol tie-in. Of course, a little T&A also plays well with that crowd, and Hardee's/Carl's Jr. never disappoints. But how does the real thing stack up to the booze-soaked, high-production-value fantasy?
To celebrate Chinese New Year, McDonald's Hong Kong released the limited-time-only Prosperity Burger featuring an elongated beef or chicken patty coated in pepper sauce on a sesame seed bun.
Last month, Bobby Flay won the "Amstel Light People's Choice Award" at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival with his Green Chile Cheeseburger. Available just last week at all Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) locations to commemorate his win, the cheeseburger is made with the customary griddled beef patty, queso sauce, roasted green chiles, pickled red onions, and Flay's signature layer of "crunchifying" potato chips.
If you're looking to trim fat, calories, and cholesterol, the new bison patties at The Counter could be a good bet. But at $12.95 (à la carte) the better-for-you patties come at a steep premium.
If you were watching the Superbowl (or just the ads), you might have seen a spot for the newest burger at Jack in the Box: the "Hot Mess", with melted white cheddar, pepper jack cheese sauce, jalapeños, and onion rings on sourdough bread. Even though the burger doesn't visually measure up to the publicity shot, it's still one of the most promising burgers Jack has released in quite some time, even with some execution issues.
Promotional materials tout a "creamy avocado spread" and "zesty avocado aioli." But the word guacamole is nowhere to be found. That being said, I'd order the Avocado and Swiss Whopper again.
Overall, the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger tastes like a patty melt without the rye bread. Just like most fast food offerings, it sort of teeters along the edge of okay and not-so-good.
Denny's delivers a burger from its Hobbit-themed menu that is certainly not a movie star, but it's not that bad either.
The Jalapeño Turkey Burger is one of the worst burgers I've attempted to eat in recent memory.
Steak 'n Shake has a new Southwest inspired burger, topped with Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, crispy red tortilla strips, and a healthy gob of guacamole ranch sauce. You should try it.
To mark the 55th anniversary of the iconic Whopper, Burger King has rolled out a trio of limited-time offers two adaptations of their flagship sandwich and a sweet-and-savory side. But I wish their big celebration had done more to change my mind about the current state of fast food burgers.
There's something slightly magical about the original Quarter Pounder's simple combination of American cheese, chopped onions, ketchup, and mustard. What I learned from eating the new Quarter Pounder Habanero Ranch is that original doesn't need improvement.