What’s new on burger menus? The number of interesting items that aren’t burgers. Ten years ago it would have been heresy to suggest that what a burger bar needed was more non-burger winners. Now it’s better understood that burger alternatives and burger complements can save a burger menu from becoming one-note tunes. With that in mind, I’ve compiled 10 examples of interesting mains, sides and even a dessert at burger bars that illustrate the point that it’s OK to venture outside the known menu universe.
Cowfish, Charlotte, N.C.
Cowfish Bento Box
A combo meal featuring both burger and sushi, including a mini-burger with American cheese, pickles and chopped red onion, sweet potato fries, Thai cucumbers, edamame and choice of a 4 piece sushi roll (California, Spicy Tuna, Vegetarian or Philly Roll)
The Bad Apple, Chicago
Sin & The Second City
Boursin cheese, Bütterkase cheese, muenster cheese, provolone cheese, bread and butter pickled zucchini & onion on thick-cut oat-wheat bread griddled with mayo