Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is a casual dining restaurant chain with a menu featuring a variety of burger sandwiches made with beef, chicken, fish, turkey, pot roast, and vegetarian substitutes. Red Robin owns and operates 100 restaurants scattered across 13 states. The company also franchises its concept, maintaining licensing agreements with 98 additional restaurants located in 17 states and in Canada. With a per person average check of $10, Red Robin relies heavily on the sales of its gourmet burgers, which account for 44 percent of the company's food sales. Aside from gourmet burgers, the Red Robin menu includes salads, soups, appetizers, and other entrees such as rice bowls and pasta.

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Top Hamburger Trends

Gourmet hamburgers are the hottest item on the restaurant menus these days. Here you will see what's being served and why.

Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta bread is an Italian bread with a crispy crust and open inside texture. It is made from a very wet dough using a biga or sourdough starter. The majority of the upscale restaurants are serving gourmet burger and sandwiches on this type of bread.

Kobe Beef

I've been seeing Kobe beef on a lot of the restaurant menus lately and asked myself exactly what is tis stuff? It refers to several breeds of cattle which produce an intense marbling texture of the meat which is high in unsaturated fat which is renowned for its flavor and tenderness.

Chipotle Chilis

Its seems every commercial you see on TV mentions something on the menu with the chipotle flavor from mayos on submarine sandwiches to the latest quesadillas. A chipotle is a Mexican chili that is gaining as much popularity as the jalapeno. The most popular form of this chili in the grocery stores today is the chipotle en abodo in a can which can be diced and added to various Tex-Mex dished.

Buffalo Meat & Angus Beef

People love their hamburgers and are willing to pay top dollar for a lean cut of beef. Chefs know that the best burgers are made with premium meats.

Hand Preparation

According to the 2009 Zagat Fast Food survey, all the winning sit down burger restaurants served fresh and not frozen hamburgers made to order. Good burgers never come from a frozen patty.

Blue Cheese

Americans are getting bored with the same old drive-thru burger. Chefs are experimenting with different ingredients to cater to the safisticated taste buds of the traveling public.

Caramelized Ingredients

The days of biting into a crunchy onion are practically over. With the gourmet hamburger revolution sweaping the nation restaurant are grilled a variety of vegetables to put on burger to keep up with the more sophistcated diner's taste buds.

Wheat Bun/ Bread

Gone are the days of the plain ole bun. Burger lovers are asking for healthier options than white bread.

Ranch Dressing

The restaurants are serving southwestern and taco style burgers with avocados, guacamole, and salsa so ranch dressing is an obvious addition to this type of hamburger.

Jalapeno Peppers

Remember the old Roy Roger's burger fixings bar? Slap whatever you want on there? The is a fusion of food flavors and the dining public loves Mexican food so it is only natural that they want to be able to customize their burgers with what they love.

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