Burgers with Halos

Burgers with Halos

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Burgers with Halos

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By Cari Martens

The restaurant burger trend continues to be among the hottest out there (were burgers ever not popular?). The latest trend angle seems to be all about burgers that are healthier or at least more ethically produced. As pointed out on website BurgerBusiness.com, several restaurant chains are now trying to promote the idea that a hamburger doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

Here’s a burger roundup of chains trying to do the right thing.

On its website, Local Burger in Lawrence, Kan., claims that the food there is ‘good for you, good for the community and good for the environment.’ The site notes that ‘we can pronounce all of our ingredients.’ Local Burger’s beef, bison, elk, pork and turkey are all sourced from Kansas ranches where no hormones or antibiotics are used. They also feature gluten-free choices at Local Burger.

Larkburger, based in Edwards, Colo., uses additive-free Angus beef and makes all its own sauces. The chain, with three Colorado locations, cooks its burgers on energy-efficient equipment and uses eco-friendly packaging, utensils and cups.

Plan B Burger Bar, operated by Hartford, Conn.-based Locals 8 Restaurant Holdings, was the first restaurant group to be 100% Certified Humane Raised & Handled by the nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care Organization.

Arlington, Va.-based Elevation Burger has served certified-organic, grass-fed, free-range beef since the first unit opened in 2005. It serves only vegetarian and beef burgers, which are antibiotic- and hormone-free.

Mojo Burger, with three locations in the San Jose, Calif., area offers Montana grass-fed Angus beef burgers raised without hormones and antibiotics. Mojo’s chicken is also humanely raised and additive-free. ‘We just try to buy the best, highest-quality raw products we can,’ Peter Favre told BurgerBusiness. Farve spent 12 years with McDonald’s Corp. He says they aim for a ‘basic American backyard burger’ product without a lot of fancy sauces. The menu board at Mojo reads, ‘100% fresh, natural Angus beef raised on a vegetarian diet.’

Imagine that. I can enjoy a burger at one of these places and walk out of there guilt free. Or at least guilt-reduced.

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