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Can you conquer the Hamburger Challenge?

Do you love hamburgers as much as we do?  It is the ultimate American food, after all.

Well, hamburgers and the ice cream sandwich.  And General Tsao’s Chicken.

And deep-fried Twinkies.  That’s about it, right?

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How to make the ultimate burger

They say that there’s no food more American than the lowly hamburger.

Web Watch can tell you that quite a few European countries have no idea what a proper hamburger is.  (Or how to put ice in your drink, for that matter.)

But if you really think about it, most Americans have a lousy idea of what a hamburger should be.

Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller
Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller


The latest food trend: Burgers for Breakfast

By now you’ve likely heard about – or maybe even tasted – the latest breakfast fast food star: the WAFFLE TACO from TACO BELL.

Why would Taco Bell try to get into the breakfast market?

Because when it comes to fast food, there is still tremendous growth opportunity there.  McDonald’s is the fast-food breakfast leader by a landslide.  In 2013, McDonald’s brought in $10 billion in breakfast alone.

That’s a lot of Egg McMuffins.  No wonder McDonald’s can afford to give our free coffee as a breakfast promotion – they can certainly afford to do it.

Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More!
Breakfast for Dinner:
Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More!

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Which Fast-Food Restaurant is the Best at serving Fast Food, Fast?

How do you make your fast-food restaurant choices?

Do you choose the one that is closest to where you are at the time?  The one with a specific menu item?  Lowest prices?  Fastest service?  The one with a specific toy promotion or playland for the kids?

With so many decisions to make when it comes to your fast-food experience, you should be happy that you’re not alone in having frustration in finding the Perfect Fast Food Restaurant in your travels.

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Which fast-food burger tastes the best?

Web Watch loves a good burger.

When done right, it’s phenomenal.  When done poorly, it’s still pretty good.  Of course, we make our own decision as to where we’re going to get that burger, and go into the establishment generally knowing what we’re going to get.

There’s a difference between a McDonald’s Dollar Menu double-cheeseburger and a burger from the Burger Gourmet Bar sit-down restaurant with the $21 Kobe beef slider down the street.  You get what you pay for, and as long as you’re okay with that, then the following won’t surprise you.


The Carbon Footprint of a Cheeseburger

Earlier this week in Web Watch, we mentioned how 15,000 Google searches used the same amount of energy as it took to create a single cheeseburger.   (And this even ties in with yesterday’s Best Fast-Food Burger post – welcome to Burger Week on Web Watch!) 

Some people asked Web Watch where we got that burger energy information from, so we thought we’d look into it.  CAN CREATING A CHEESEBURGER REALLY USE UP THAT MUCH ENERGY?  Yes, it can.

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Survey: What’s Your Favorite Fast Food?

ZAGAT surveyed 6,100 hungry fast-food and full-service restaurant patrons about their favorite places to eat, and has finally compiled and released the results for 2009.

The best fast-food hamburger, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has eaten there, is from IN-N-OUT BURGER.   Best burger from a full-service restaurant came from RED ROBIN.

The other fast-food winners included:

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How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Google, being a company based on computers and data centers and other electronic stuff, is often asked about how energy-efficient they are.

After all, Google’s mantra is “Don’t Be Evil”.

So Google engineers did some number crunching and DETERMINED HOW MUCH ENERGY A GOOGLE SEARCH TAKES as related to the amount of CO2 that is generated.