Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we? Oh, we do.
Proving that after seven years of BurgerBusiness.com I still have much to learn and still can be surprised, the December list of Burger of the Month specials includes a bevy of Christmas burgers. These range from the simply named Christmas Burgers from Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace chain, Britain’s Honest Burgers chain and The Ace in Toronto, and the X-mas Burger from Berlin’s MarienBurger, to the head scratcher “Teri Swiss-mush” from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Woodinville, Wash., and “Matt’s Merry Burogi” from Bourbon & Burger Co., Batavia N.Y.
In-between, we get the “Bows n Bells Burger” (Belted, Edinburgh), Feliz Navidad Burger (Bucket List Burgers, Riverside, Calif.), Jingle Bell Burger (The Burger Bar, Amarillo, Texas), Stocking Stuffer Burger (Burger 55, Penicton, B.C.), The Flying Santa (Burger Joint Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway), The Legendary Christmas Burger (The Burger Joint, Bristol, England), Now Dasher Burger (Burger, Tap & Shake, Washington, D.C.), Claus with Cheese (Handmade Burger Co., UK), The Holiday Burger (The Oinkster, Los Angeles), Happy Holidays Elk Fusion Burger (Burger Fusion, La Crosse, Wis.), Ol’ Saint Nick (Relish Gourmet Burgers, Fredericton, Halifax, N.S.), and the wonderful Toys for Tots Burger at Standard Burger, Staten Island, N.Y., which is devoting a portion of sales to that charity.
And what does Christmas have that Thanksgiving really doesn’t? Its own movies, especially “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Dublin’s Son of a Bun burger shop gives us the “It’s a Bunderful Life” burger, complete with a totally bunderful faux movie poster. And then there’s Indianapolis’s Burgerhaus and its “Bedford Falls Burger.” Uncle Billy would be proud.
But there’s more, including “Miracle on 12th Street” at Denver’s TAG Burger (also giving a share of sales to charity) and “The Krampus Burger” at Twisted Burger Co. in Sheffield, England, giving a nod to last year’s Christmas comedy-horror film “Krampus.”
Not all BOTMs this month are holiday-themed. Beef & Liberty in Hong Kong makes its inaugural appearance with The Holy Duck (The Holy Duck (Confit duck leg and braised grandmother’s red cabbage with cinnamon, orange and star anise between toasted burger buns). There are good-looking patty melts, too, from Drake’s in Franklin, Tenn., and the Burger 21 chain. There’s a Smothered Kobe Burger at the Ford’s Garage chain, also making its first appearance.
As always, the list of Burger of the Month specials is too long to cover here completely so you’ll have to visit the complete list, which is made possible by sponsorship from Reinhart Foodservice. Visit them, too!