Apple Jack burger
Eurest Dining at Charles Schwab
Ingredients: Beef patty, cheese, sweet apples, applewood-smoked bacon
Why it’s special: This burger just says “happy fall, y’all!”
Asian Cowboy slider
Sodexo at Franklin Pierce University
Ingredients: Char sui-marinated beef patty, vegetable eggroll, ginger-soy fried carrot crisp, scallion egg patty, wasabi-soy mayo and sriracha
Why it’s special: You get a wok-ful with every bite of this bad boy, a great example of burger maximalism. More is more!
Billy’s Bavarian burger
Sodexo at Creighton University
Ingredients: Beer-braised onions, garlic, garlic aioli, steak patty, ham, Swiss cheese, pickle, lettuce, tomato
Why it’s special: Seared to order and served on a pretzel bun, this burger can stay on the menu well past Oktoberfest.
TouchPoint Support Services Support Services at Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital
Ingredients: Beef patty, applewood-smoked bacon, Bourbon demiglace, Kentucky Bleu cheese
Why it’s special: This burger contains three “B” ingredients guaranteed to blow your socks off: Bacon, bourbon and bleu cheese.
Bodda burger slider
Tiger Dining/Aramark at Auburn University
Ingredients: Locally sourced beef patty, American cheese, signature sauce, dill pickle.
Why it’s special: Remember when we said “more is more?” Well, this is an example of “less is more!” Sometimes you need that classic cheeseburger, no frills, done right.
Grand Rapids Community College
Ingredients: Bulgogi sausage, spicy mayo, pepper jack cheese, kimchi, tater tots, Korean corn cheese
Why it’s special: The bulgogi sausage is made in-house, and this is the first we’ve heard of Korean corn cheese…could this be an ingredient to watch?
Compass Group B&I locations
Ingredients: Over easy egg, brisket ground beef patty, pan fried cheese, chimichurri relish, fried onion petals
Why it’s special: The onion roll is made in house, and it’s the foundation for one flavorful burger. Also, there really aren’t enough fried onion petals in the world!
TouchPoint Support Services at Ascension River District Hospital
Ingredients: Beef patty, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar, French-fried onions
Why it’s special: This burger comes around as a seasonal LTO, and both employees and customers circle the wagons to get one.
Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
Ingredients: Tajin-seasoned beef patty, cream cheese, cotija cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, grilled corn, roasted poblanos, avocado crema and Hot Cheetos.
Why it’s special: Traditional Mexican street corn meets trendy toppings for an unforgettable burger.
Beet and chickpea burger
University of Michigan Dining
Ingredients: Beet and chickpea patty, guacamole, apple-carrot slaw, arugula, brioche bun
Why it’s special: The vibrant colors and flavors mean it’s tantalizing to everyone, not just vegans.
Impossibly No Regret burger
TouchPoint Support Services
Ingredients: Impossible burger, mozzarella cheese, tomato-strawberry jam, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers
Why it’s special: This burger illustrates why you sometimes see jalapeno poppers served with sweet jelly or jam: Sweet tames the heat!
TouchPoint Support Services Support Services
Ingredients: Angus beef patty, chipotle-ranch dressing, applewood-smoked bacon, pepperjack cheese, fried jalapeno, onion straws, garlic-jalapeno cream cheese
Why it’s special: Served on a Hawaiian bun, this burger is bold, bold, bold.
Korean Flame burger
Texas State Dining/Chartwells at Texas State University
Ingredients: Gochujang, pico de gallo, kimchi, fried onions, pepper jack cheese
Why it’s special: Tex-Mex-Korean fusion could be the next big thing if this burger is any indication. It’s been the No. 1 burger at Texas State’s new burger concept.
Sodexo at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Ingredients: Ground lamb patty, feta cheese, mint
Why it’s special: If you haven’t tried lamb as a burger, please do so immediately and report back to us! It’ll blow your mind, especially with feta and mint.
Mac Attack slider
Aramark at the University of Hartford
Ingredients: Housemade fried mac ‘n cheese bun, ground beef patty, garlic aioli, tomato, cheese sauce
Why it’s special: You had us at “fried mac ‘n cheese bun!” But seriously, we’ll never get tired of cheffy takes on the Golden Arches’ most famous burger.
Iowa State University
Ingredients: Exclusive fresh chuck blend patty, hickory-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, housemade pickled red onions and jalapenos, chipotle mayo
Why it’s special: This dangerous-sounding burger is known around campus for its “fire” toppings.
Red Rocks Asian turkey burger
Compass Group at University of Utah
Ingredients: Housemade turkey burger seasoned with garlic, cilantro, mint, ginger, gluten-free soy, green onions, sambal and lime juice; slaw, sriracha mayo
Why it’s special: This burger was developed to answer a request for a lighter burger in the sports grill concept, The Game. It’s offered as a QR code-enabled made-to-order item elsewhere on campus. Cool!
Compass Group K12
Ingredients: Sheboygan brat, beef patty, cheese curds, ketchup, sauerkraut, whole-grain mustard, tomato, lettuce
Why it’s special: Served on local City Bakery hardrolls, this burger doesn’t sound like a wild combo to people from Wisconsin, and they’d like to share it with the rest of the country, so buckle up!
The Bavarian Burger
TouchPoint Support Services at Ascension Providence Hospital-Novi Campus
Ingredients: Kielbasa, stone-ground mustard, beef patty, Swiss cheese, red onion, dill pickles
Why it’s special: It seems like kielbasa is finally getting its moment in the spotlight! Midwesterners with Eastern European sausage in their veins are salivating.
The Clay Café Hoosier burger
TouchPoint Support Services at Ascension Saint Vincent Clay
Ingredients: Meatloaf, cheese, pickle, tangy sweet sauce
Why it’s special: Served on sturdy Texas toast, this burger is described as “super hearty, feel-good and can be eaten as a meal.” No argument here!
The unBEETable burger
TouchPoint Support Services Support Services at Ascension Genesys Hospital, Grand Blanc
Ingredients: Lentil-shredded beet patty, garlic, Dijon, cumin, red pepper flakes, pecans, rolled oats, onion
Why it’s special: Beets, with their meaty texture and “bloody” color, are a fantastic ingredient for a star-status veggie burger.
Vegan mushroom & quinoa burger
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Ingredients: Mushroom-quinoa patty, vegan ginger-lime aioli, tofu “bacon,” arugula
Why it’s special: Served on a sesame seed bun, this veggie burger was tested and perfected over 4 years, and won a test run for a group of Johnson & Wales culinary students.