Is it a sign of the end of the burger apocalypse that Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar on the East Coast has opened its annual burger contest to non-beef creations? No, but it’s surely a sign of the times. The 5th annual contest invites burger lovers to submit creations using Certified Angus Beef (CAB), American-style Kobe beef, CAB/bacon blend. CAB/Andouille sausage blend, ground turkey, whole chicken breast, seared salmon or veggie burger. Burger builds can be submitted by Instagram (#ZinFanBurger) or Facebook through September 20. The winning burger will be menued for a week and its creator will pocket a $100 gift card.
Truffles at Wendy’s? GrubGrade reports that Wendy’ is giving a tryout to a $4.99 Truffle Bacon Cheesebuger. No shaved imported truffles here but merchandising claims the burger has “truffle aïoli” and “truffle Parmesan cheese sauce,” long with a “buttery croissant bun” (which also is new). On the side: Bacon Truffle Fries.
I keep saying it because it’s true: when casual-dining concepts see their sales and customer traffic slip, they call on burgers and fries. Ruby Tuesday, which recently announced it has shuttered 95 locations across the country, will offer the burgers-and-fries deal below beginning September 19.
The Ontario-based Union Burger chain has added a Big Fat Greek Burger LTO. It’s a fresh beef burger patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion and Greek feta dressing. Opa!
Half-n-Half (half fries; half onion rings) have been on the “secret menu” at the 127-unit Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries chain for years. Now the chain is putting them on the official menu, if only for a limited time. The 4 oz. each of fries and rings is priced at $2.99. Earlier this year, Hwy 55 switched to crinkle-cut fries, saying they stay crispier longer.