Here’s another innovation you can use! Heat up your menu without spending a cool fortune by loading up your burgers with off-beat toppings. Here are some creative and affordable ways to inspire consumers to dig deeper into their wallets.
Start by shopping your own kitchen. You likely have all the ingredients you need in stock and ready to go. Take a look around and see which items will create sky-high burgers that consumers will notice—and ask about—from across the dining room.
Go BIG! And get noticed
Add ingredients that add height, color AND flavor. Remember, today’s consumers love to share their most eye-popping, over-the-top meals on social media…which means more potential customers for you!
Pile on the sides
Turn basic side dishes into tasty toppings. Load up with crisp French fries, chili, cheese and onion rings for an all-American delight that adds much-loved texture and flavor to every bite.
Bring in the Italian
Sautéed mushrooms, fried salami, fresh ricotta and fresh basil can turn your basic burger into a masterpiece. Add extra juiciness and flavor by serving marinara sauce on the side and offering a nice glass of Chianti.
Make it egg-celent
An over-easy egg, bacon and frisee salad on a toasty bun answers the breakfast-or-lunch debate that so many diners face. The runny egg amps up the flavor and juiciness factors. Offer a wow-worthy Bloody Mary to up the ante (and the bill).
Donut miss this
Speaking of brunch, halve a donut (or use two donuts) to replace the bun for a sweet-and-savory surprise. Upsell with cheddar, egg, onion and the like to pile on the profits.
Head for the border
Turn a burger into a fiesta with refried black beans, mild cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers. Before cooking, add cumin into the meat for a burger that can’t be beat! Plus, offer sliced avocados for an upcharge.
We hope these tasty ideas will wet your whistle for inventiveness—and profits. Next month, look for more delicious and oh-so affordable ideas that keep diners coming back for more.