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Man Wins Decade of Free Whataburger, Becomes Burger Hero

He turned a recipe for gluttony into an opportunity for generosity

(Newser) - A Texas man who won what's supposed to be a decade's worth of free Whataburger is unlikely to make it even a year before he's out of complimentary hamburgers, and the reason isn't gluttony but generosity. The Houston Chronicle reports 22-year-old Blake Miller and his Whataburger... More »

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 »

'Quarter Pounders' Are No Longer Quarter Pounders

McDonald's quietly beefs up burger

(Newser) - The McDonald's Quarter Pounder, aka the "Royale With Cheese," no longer lives up to its name: According to its website, the chain has upped the beef content to 4.25 ounces, which shrinks to a little over 2.8 ounces after cooking, reports CNBC . Whether the price... More »

This Chicago Burger Is Apparently America's Best

A Food Network show has deemed it so

(Newser) - Burgerhounds, get thee to Chicago, home of the America's best burger, at least according to one ranking. The Food Network's new show Top 5 Restaurants has identified the Double Cheese Burger served by Au Cheval as the best our country has to offer. "Double" may be a... More »

Burger King to Sell Whopper-Scented Cologne

But only in Japan, and only on April Fools' Day

(Newser) - For hamburger aficionados who want the smell even when they can't get a bite, Burger King is putting the scent into a limited-edition fragrance. Burger King said Friday that the Whopper grilled beef burger-scented cologne will be sold only on April 1, and only in Japan. Sounds too good... More »

20-Year-Old Quarter Pounder Looks About the Same

Aussie mates promote aging burger for charity

(Newser) - Wonder how long a Quarter Pounder with cheese can last? Two Australians say they bought a few McDonald's burgers for friends back in 1995, when they were teens, and one of the friends never showed up. So the kid's burger went uneaten—and stayed that way, Australia's... 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 »

'Pink Slime' Recovers as Beef Prices Surge

'Wall Street Journal' says 2 biggest producers back on track

(Newser) - "Pink slime" may have become the scourge of the meat industry a few years back, but time and rising beef prices can work wonders. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two biggest producers of the product they prefer to call "finely textured beef" have mostly bounced... More »

What the $330K 'Frankenburger' Tastes Like

Thank Sergey Brin for the pricey patty

(Newser) - The $330,000 "Frankenburger" was cooked and eaten at a London press conference today, and it turns out we have Sergey Brin to thank for the blessed event. The Google co-founder put up the aforementioned cash needed to create the first lab-grown burger, a move borne from a concern... More »

Lab Debuts $330K 'Frankenburger'

First synthetic burger almost ready to serve

(Newser) - After years of research into lab-grown meat, it's finally patty time. A burger made of synthetic beef will be cooked and served before an audience at one of London's finest restaurants next week, reports the Independent . The "Frankenburger"—which cost $330,000 to develop—is made... More »

Woman Finds Razor Blade in Burger King Burger

It fell on burger by accident, cops say

(Newser) - When Yolanda Orozco bit into her Burger King hamburger a few weeks ago, she took a look to see if there were onions. Instead, what she found was a razor blade between the meat and cheese, News 10 reports. "I was in shock," says the 46-year-old from Willits,... 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 »

Florida Man Stabs Wife —Over a Hamburger

Bartolo Gelsomino then allegedly staged burglary

(Newser) - Today, in the Really Horrific Motives department: A 78-year-old Florida man murdered his wife of 52 years last Monday because she wouldn't cook him a hamburger, say police. Bartolo Gelsomino then allegedly attempted to make it appear as if his 71-year-old wife was stabbed during a burglary, reports the... More »

McDonald's Dumps Beef Plant Linked to Abuse

Joins In-N-Out in exodus over video of abused cows

(Newser) - McDonald's is quickly backing away from the California beef plant linked to animal abuse in an undercover video that's reverberating around the meat industry, reports ABC News . The fast-food joint joins In-N-Out as the second major chain to dump Central Valley Meat after the feds shut it down,... More »

Beef Plant in Abuse Video Supplied In-N-Out, Schools

Burger chain cancels contract with Calif. slaughterhouse

(Newser) - The California slaughterhouse closed down for alleged animal abuse counted the In-N-Out burger chain among its biggest customers, reports ABC . The Central Valley Meat plant provided between 20% and 30% of the beef used in the chain's burgers, according to an In-N-Out spokesman, who says the chain canceled its... More »

Wendy's Debuts $16 Caviar Burgers

Sorry, they're only in Japan

(Newser) - Bacon and cheese too old-hat for you? Wendy's has a solution: Its new burger toppings include caviar and lobster. Unfortunately, you'll have to head to Japan to sample the offerings, and you'll have to do it quickly—the burgers are part of a limited-time offer. They follow... 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 »

Grocery Chain: Our Shoppers Want Pink Slime

Hy-Vee will offer beef with and without the stuff at its 235 stores

(Newser) - Apparently everyone isn't grossed out by the much-discussed pink slime: Indeed, some customers are demanding it. Thus the 235-store Hy-Vee grocery chain has decided to sell ground beef with and without the product, also called lean, finely textured beef, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Residents of cities that produce... 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 »

On the Menu Soon: Petri Dish Hamburger

Dutch scientist says $330K burger ready by October

(Newser) - Get ready for the first lab-grown hamburger—on the menu for just $330,000. Dutch scientist Mark Post has announced that he intends to have a burger made entirely from lab-grown meat and animal fat ready for eating by October—cooked by three-star chef Heston Blumenthal, and served to a... More »

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