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Fast Food Takes on Gourmet Burgers

Fast Food Takes on Gourmet Burgers

Trendy premium burgers are popping up in Wendy's and Mickey D's

Thanks to the high-end burger joints like Umami Burger and Shake Shack, McDonald’s and Wendy’s are stepping up their game. The Financial Times reports that more fast food chains are focusing on quality ingredients.

A recent restaurant survey found that specialty burger restaurants increased 16.8 percent in 2010, while bigger chains stalled. Meanwhile, McDonald’s has Angus beef burgers, Wendy’s has an eight-ounce one (plus their sea salt fries), and Burger King debuted a California Whopper with guac (the HuffPo verdict is not good).

Last year, 40 percent of consumers ate at a premium burger joint once a month, double the amount in 2009.

Will fast food places get more business this way? Or will it just be another gimmick that people (and Thomas Keller) find tiring? Either way, none of these newbies will compare to a Double-Double Animal-Style.

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Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.


Beef burger recipes

The ever popular beef burger has moved on from a fast food staple to a gourmet delight, with hundreds of restaurants springing up solely dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect patty. With this collection of beef burger recipes you can find out how to recreate the much-loved classic in your own home, whether you're looking to add something special to a barbecue or simply make a hearty supper that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Cheeseburgers are always a popular choice, offering that combination of juicy meat and gently melting cheese which few can resist. Marcus Wareing’s Cheeseburger with caramelised onions recipe, packed with fresh herbs such as parsley and tarragon, would make the perfect addition to any barbecue, or try Matthew Tomkinson's Homemade beef burger with Stilton rarebit recipe for a traditional burger with a twist

Beef burgers do not have to be limited to patties Richard Corrigan’s tantalising Hand-chopped rump steak burger recipe is an easy and interesting take on the homemade beef burger.