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.
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Red Robin is asking customers to vote for their favorite Red Robin burgers from the past in their campaign Bring My Burger Back. The burger that gets the most votes by December 6 will be brought back to the menu next year.
Judging from Red Robin's latest batch of limited time menu items, Oktoberfest seems to be a big event for them—but then again, they seem to tailor their burger toppings for every possible occasion. So why not go German? Not only do they add all things mustard to their special Oktoberfest burger, they make it a three-course event with a pretzel app and a beer milkshake. So in honor of Oktoberfest, I tried all their German-inspired specials.
When I reviewed Red Robin last year I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the burgers, so I jumped at the chance to try their new spicy summer burgers. How spicy? In promotions of their new burger schtick, they tout being the first national chain to use the ghost pepper—known as one of the world's hottest chili peppers—in the form of ghost pepper ketchup. Unfortunately, the sauce is a joke; Taco Bell's fire sauce is hotter than this junk.
Red Robin is getting into the fast casual business with Burger Works, opening its first location November 21 in Northfield Stapleton in Denver (map). Compared to Red Robin, Burger Works features a simpler and lower priced menu of 1/3-pound burgers and also offers beer and wine. Some burgers from Red Robin appear on Burger Works' menu, along with original burgers and a build-your-own-burger option with choice of beef or chicken patty, 13 free toppings, and 10 "fancy" toppings.
Confession time: I expected to dislike Red Robin's burgers. I had been there one other time, a few years ago, and saw no reason to return. However, after my recent visit for AHT, I've changed my mind—at least somewhat. In fact, as much as it pains my food snobbery side to say it, I enjoyed the burgers more than some of the local restaurants I've been to. Red Robin serves a reliable, if slightly bland burger, and if I'm craving a burger in the middle of suburbia, I'd definitely choose here over other national chains.
[Image: Burger Business] Until November 8, burger chain Red Robin is offering the Wise Guy Burger ($9.49) topped with three fried mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce, pepperoni, banana peppers, and tomato slices. Here's a picture of the real thing—not all...
7-year old Charlie Beckett of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, won this year's "The Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest" held by Red Robin. His Holy-Peño Burger includes jalapeños, Cajun spices, and pepper-jack cheese, and was picked from over 14,000 entries. The...
The Today show featured 12-year old Joey Yarwick and his gourmet burger, the Au Brie Burger a la Francais, which won the grand prize for Red Robin's The Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest. Cubes of Brie are sandwiched...