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A Hurting Chipotle Is Getting Into the Burger Business

The Mexican chain has trademarked 'Better Burger'

(Newser) - What do you do when your burrito chain has been responsible for multiple outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus that sickened dozens of customers over the past six months? If you're Chipotle , you get into the burger business. Chipotle filed a trademark application for the name "Better Burger"... More »

Beef: Meat Industry's Worst Eco-Offender

Raising cattle takes up 160 times as much land as plants, study finds

(Newser) - Think drive-thru cheeseburgers are cheap? Think again. What may be light on the wallet is heavy on the planet, according to a new study on the environmental costs per calorie of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs—which, combined, make up 96% of the calories Americans get via animal sources.... More »

Cleveland Hero Scores Burgers for Life

Charles Ramsey can enjoy free burgers at more than a dozen Ohio restaurants

(Newser) - Charles Ramsey—the neighbor who famously put down his McDonald's to go free the Cleveland kidnap victims —is getting burgers for life, but not from the source you might expect. More than a dozen Ohio eateries have offered up their burgers to Ramsey any time his stomach rumbles,... More »

Ikea's Meatball Mess Spreads to 24 Countries

Meanwhile, frozen burger sales take huge dive in UK

(Newser) - Ikea's horse-meatball mess continues to grow. The retailer has now stopped offering meatballs in 24 European countries, der Spiegel reports. The company explained in a statement that, "The sales stop concerns meatballs manufactured by one supplier in Sweden and applies to all European countries except for Norway, Russia,... More »

New Meat Scandal: Donkey in South Africa Burgers

But hey, there's no horse in them!

(Newser) - If it's any consolation, South African food scientists did not find horse meat in the beef burgers and sausages they tested. What they did find, however, was water buffalo, donkey, and goat meat. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 99 of 139 samples contained... More »

In-N-Out Burger Run by Female Billionaire, Age 30

Bloomberg shines just a little light on the mysterious Lynsi Torres

(Newser) - As far as company owners go, Lynsi Torres has to be among the most intriguing. A Bloomberg article attempts to put a finger on the mysterious In-N-Out Burger president who, at age 30, is one of the youngest female billionaires on the planet. As Seth Lubove reports, she ended up... More »

Brits, Irish Flip After Horse Meat Found in Burgers

DNA tests reveal supermarket 'beef' burgers up to 29% horse

(Newser) - Queasy consumers in Britain and Ireland are chucking out frozen hamburgers after learning that they could contain horse meat. Food safety experts conducting DNA tests found that around a third of burgers from major supermarket chains contained horse DNA, the Telegraph reports. The levels of horse DNA were fairly low... More »

Best Burger Joint Is ...

Five Guys tops new survey; McDonald's near bottom

(Newser) - The folks at Five Guys will be pretty happy with a new survey from Market Force Information. The chain easily ranked as the No. 1 burger joint in a poll of 7,600 consumers across the nation, reports the Huffington Post . It scored the best in taste, quality, service, cleanliness,... More »

Docs to Obama: Enough With the Burgers, Dogs

Physicians group wants president to stop unhealthy photo ops

(Newser) - Part of being president is being photographed chowing down on burgers and hot dogs, but a group of DC doctors thinks President Obama needs to put a stop to the practice. “The White House would never set up a photo op of a president with a cigarette, so why... More »

Can You Detect Pink Slime?

AP runs a food test, and the slime doesn't do well

(Newser) - Pink slime, now available in schools , certainly sounds disgusting—but does it actually affect a burger's taste? Writing for the AP , a food critic conducted a taste test to find out. In the process, JM Hirsch learned that unless your meat is organic—which guarantees no slime—it's... More »

And the Country's Best Burger Is...

California chain in-N-Out Burger wins top honors

(Newser) - The people at Food & Wine , given the taxing task of singling out America's best burger, from roadside joints to posh restaurants serving Kobe beef burgers, have picked the top 25. First prize goes to cheeseburgers from West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger , famed for its made-to-order burgers of Harris Ranch... More »

French Chain to Sell Foie Gras Burgers

A controversial bit of luxury, in a bun, for $6.50

(Newser) - The Double Down it's not: A French fast-food chain will sell a cheap foie gras burger, mixing high and low cuisine for a brief holiday promotion, Reuters reports. Consumers will be able to get a bit of duck liver in a conventional hamburger for about $6.50—a steal for... More »

Fast-Food Burger Meets Social Networking

NYC eatery 4food hopes to capitalize

(Newser) - Probably not what Ray Kroc envisioned: a new burger joint that opens in Manhattan next month adds an element of social networking to lunch. 4Food patrons custom-order their burgers (online, of course) and name their creations. Every time someone else orders your burger (the eatery will encourage people to push... More »

Town That Gave Us the Drive-Thru Bans Them

Calif. town battles traffic, obesity

(Newser) - The California town that gave the world its first drive-thru restaurant has banned the construction of new ones for at least 9 months. Officials in Baldwin Park, birthplace of the cult classic In-N-Out Burger chain that revolutionized fast food, say the move will both ease traffic congestion and help tackle... More »

Introducing the Footlong Burger

Sadly, it's not as exciting as it sounds

(Newser) - Just in case KFC’s Double Down isn’t sufficiently artery-clogging for you, Carl’s Jr. has the solution: A footlong cheeseburger. Creatively dubbed the “Footlong Cheeseburger,” the $4 sandwich is being tested in at least one California restaurant, the Orange County Register reports. The good news: The... More »

16 Tips for Cheeseburger Eating

Skip the mundane (ketchup, lettuce) and the overly fancy (brie, Kobe)

(Newser) - Kevin Pang sent six months eating cheeseburgers, and he's sharing his hard-earned expertise with his fellow meat-eaters. From the Chicago Tribune:
  • Cheese: Just say no to feta, bleu, or brie.
  • Condiments: Skip the ketchup and mustard; head directly for the mayo.
  • Bun: Yes, there is a taste difference between
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How to Make the Perfect Burger

Expert chefs discuss everything from meat to fixings

(Newser) - Ever since Daniel Boulud stuffed ground sirloin with truffles and foie gras, the hamburger has been elevated from guilty pleasure to true art. The New York Times got the experts’ advice for how to make a perfect burger:
  • The meat: Steer clear of preshaped burgers or even pre-packaged meat, and
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Those Greasy Burgers Don't Fool Us, Barack

Dowd to prez: Stop pretending you like junk food and eat healthy

(Newser) - He might take his veep out for a burger once in a while, but Barack Obama is a health nut—so much so, notes Maureen Dowd, that when he and Michelle had dinner in New York "he managed the impossible feat of nibbling only one French fry." For... More »

Burger King Markets Meaty Perfume

Fragrance billed as 'scent of seduction' with a hint of burger

(Newser) - Burger King has unveiled a men's body spray designed to make burger lovers swoon, the BBC reports. The company says the Flame fragrance smells like "the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat." A website for the perfume features various "romantic" images—including the... More »

Burger King Slammed for Seducing 'Whopper Virgins'

Campaign to bring burger to newbies leaves bad taste in critics' mouths

(Newser) - Burger King is catching flak for taking the burger wars to places that don't even have a word for burger, Wall Street Journal reports. In a campaign critics are calling crass, the company sought out "Whopper Virgins" in far-flung locations from Greenland to Transylvania who had never eaten a... More »

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