Burger Alternatives Make Their Mark
There are many ways to satisfy burger cravings without beef.
Step aside beef, there’s a new burger in town. Alt-burgers are plentiful, and they’re a thing. Plant-based, turkey, pork and more—these options appeal to a growing segment of diners looking for new flavors or options that fit lifestyle preferences or health choices.
We asked the Gordon Food Service culinary team to scout alt-burger opportunities. They came back with ideas succeeding in the regions they serve. As the popularity of alt-burgers grows, here are some ideas that may be poised to find a place on your menu:
The alt-burger: Deep South Burger
The wow factor: Fried green tomatoes are topped with pimento cheese, thick-cut bacon and comeback sauce on a pretzel bun.
Behind the burger: Christine Dively, Culinary Specialist, Florida
The alt-burger: Banh Mi Naanwich Burger
Why you’ll love it: Lightlife Plant-Based Burger is topped with pickled carrots and cucumber, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeno, and spicy aioli on grilled naan.
Behind the burger: Rachel Mazur, North Carolina
The alt-burger: Lava Lava Hawaiian Turkey Burger
Why you’ll love it: Fresh turkey burger is glazed with Kogi OG Kalbi sauce. Topped with Asian slaw, cucumber namasu and drizzled with serrano chili aioli on a Hawaiian bun.
Behind the burger: Christine Dively, Florida
The alt-burger: Pork Burger Al Pastor
Why you’ll love it: Fresh pork burger topped with tomatillo and poblano relish and pineapple on a stout beer bun.
Behind the burger: Bill Barker, Illinois
The alt-burger: Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Breakfast Burger
Why you’ll love it: Pork belly, bourbon bacon jam, soft fried egg, and feta cheese are served on a brioche bun.
Behind the burger: Adam Walkover, Florida