Originally appeared in "ChefRef Foodie" Summer 2016
"It’s always a meat and bun, always a spread of some kind, and it’s always a pickle. That’s your very basic burger. You’ve got to get those things down before you can get to the next level."
- Chef Neil Doherty, Senior Director of Culinary Development at Sysco
Not Just Fluff
Stacked in Your Favor
In addition to extending the time frame to keep these produce items cool, this approach also keeps the patty from sliding off and provides additional texture to enhance the experience.
In Perfect Harmony
“I think that’s when burgers kind of got elevated, when we started adding garnish to them, because the original burgers were all about the sautéed onion, meat and cheese on a bun."
Don’t be afraid to change up both the color and taste profile of your burgers based on the trends and time of year. Sysco’s ability to offer fresh products all year round – including produce that may not be seasonal in your region – is priceless in an environment where customers are constantly looking for something new. The wide range of produce, patties, buns, and condiments Sysco carries allows you to mix and match. Specialty and LTO (Limited time only) offerings are a great way to experiment with new or “out-there” ingredients without fully committing items to your menu. It’s a perfect way to find out what works and what will keep them coming back for more