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Burger Wars

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Forget McDonald’s versus Burger King; today’s battle of the beef is being waged by the new fast-casual brands taking over in Westchester. We’re not sure how many gourmet-burger spots one county can support, so we took a look at six of our most popular (and that’s not even counting Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, which recently opened in Yonkers) to see how they stack up.

  Total Locations (World-wide) Westchester Locations  Standout Menu Item  Competitive Differentiator Why They Could Win The Burger Wars 
>1,000

4

(Mohegan Lake, Pelham Manor, White PLains, Yonkers)

Bacon Cheesburger
($11.38)

Despite the chain’s simplistic menu, there are actually more than 250,000 ways to order a burger at  Five Guys.

They’ve been in the county the longest (since 2011). Plus President Obama is a big fan.

>300

5

(Cortlandt Manor, Mamaroneck, Pelham Manor, Scarsdale, White Plains)

Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger
($7.51)

Smashburger literally smashes burger- sized mounds of Certified Angus meat onto the grill to ensure a flavorful crust and juicy interior.

They serve beer.
(Need we say more?)

>120

2

(Hartsdale,
Yorktown Heights

Double Bacon Burger
($8.19)

Monthly burger and milkshake specials provide an element of surprise at this burger joint.

Everyone loves a dose of nostalgia, right? Wayback has also drawn big crowds at our Beer &  Burger Blast events.

110

2

(Briarcliff Manor, Larchmont)

The Well D’Onion ($5.89)

The restaurant’s iconic fries are all cut by hand on a daily basis. They also promise never-frozen patties, and fresh baked bread.

They are sticking to the basics, with a simple menu (with ample customization options), and a kid-friendly atmosphere.

55

2

(Rye Brook, Yonkers)

Half the Guilt Burger 

($7.20)  

All locations are built using sustainable materials. Additionally, Elevation Burger’s griddles are energy-efficient and their oil is recycled for biodiesel. Burgers are made from grass-fed, free-range beef.

High standards plus real estate smarts: their locations are in the hot shopping centers of Ridge Hill and Rye Ridge Plaza.

43

2

(Hartsdale, Rye)

Blue Elk Burger ($12.95)

Bareburger only uses organic, all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. All meats are free-range and pasture-raised without antibiotics, gluten, or hormones.

The organic, locally sourced angle plays well in Westchester. Also they are pricey—and we have expensive tastes here.

 
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