Monday Meeting: Holiday Burger Menus

From by Burger Business
Monday Meeting: Holiday Burger Menus

As many of us Americans were indulging in the madness that is post-Thanksgiving shopping, burger operators in other parts of the world used the time to unveil holiday menu offerings. In case you missed them, a few of the best are below.

Shake Shack UK Alpine Burger

Shake Shack, UK, Seasonal Menu
The American chain cozies up to its new British friends with a seasonal menu that will be offered from Dec. 10, 2015, through Jan. 16, 2015. The main components are an Alpine Burger with 100% Aberdeen Angus beef topped with melted Appenzeller cheese sauce and British free-range Wiltshire cure-smoked bacon, and a Maple Dijon Sausage with Jimmy’s Farm Cumberland Sausage topped with maple-Dijon mustard and crispy shallots. Holiday beverages include a Gingerbread Apple Caramel Concrete, Mulled Red Wine and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

McDonald's Canada Holiday Menu

McDonald’s Canada, Holiday Warmers
Canada also gets a burger and chicken tandem. The Jolly Burger is a quarter-pounder with peppercorn sauce, melted white Cheddar, grilled onion and leaf lettuce on a “toasted, cross-split premium bun topped with wheat flakes.” Chicken Celebration tops a breaded chicken patty with melted white Cheddar, leaf lettuce, hickory-smoked bacon and a “creamy, rotisserie seasoned sauce” on that same wheat-topped bun. I can’t say what a rotisserie-seasoned sauce would be. Those are Ginger Cookies on the side.

McDonald's Festive Menu 2015

McDonald’s UK, Festive Menu
Then holiday menu is an annual tradition at McDonald’s UK. This year’s specials include a Festive Feast Burger with sweetcure bacon, black-pepper cheese slices, red onion rings, Batavia lettuce and black pepper mayo on a toasted bun. The companion Spicy Chicken Winter Melt is a fried chicken fillet with Emmental cheese, spicy fire-roasted pepper sauce, slivered onion, mayo and Batavia lettuce on a toasted sesame-seed bun.

Handmade Burgers Christmas

Handmade Burgers, UK, Holiday Burger
British chain Handmade Burgers’ holiday offering is the Dingley Dell Burger (which the English majors among us know is named for a manor house in Charles Dickens’ “Pickwick Papers”). The burger starts with a pork patty stuffed with sage & onion stuffing and tops it with cranberry, juniper & orange relish; tomato; red onion; arugula and mayo on a brioche bun. On the side are the chain’s new Cinnamon Ice Onion Rings.

Hache Christmas Burger

Haché Burgers, UK, “A Taste of Christmas”
Not to be outdone, Britain’s Haché Burgers chain has unveiled a Christmas burger big enough for both Dickens’ Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge to enjoy. It’s a buttermilk fried turkey escalope topped with pork, sage & onion stuffing, salt-cured bacon-wrapped chipolata sausages and grilled Brussels sprouts, finished with house cranberry sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

McDonald's Singapore

McDonald’s Singapore, Merry Yummy Season
Somewhat surprisingly for a nation where Christmas celebrants are less than 20% of the population, Singapore tries a holiday menu. But the Beef Clubhouse Burger and Grilled Chicken Clubhouse Burger aren’t particularly new or notable. More interesting are new Truffle Flavored Shaker Fries.