Crank up the heat, bring on the crackling flames, and conquer the unthinkable as grill master.
It’s the season of barbeques, grill-a-thons, and the annual Labor Day Community Cookout, so take a risk and try something unimaginable. Use this summertime trend to your advantage by showing how you thrive in the heat! Add your own personal twist on gourmet grilling to lure customers who favor a great night out over grass-stained shenanigans.
No need to break off the American’s love affair with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers – try “running with the big dogs” and get creative with condiments. Set aside ketchup and mustard and take advice from one of Nation’s Restaurant News Breakout Brands of 2015, Dog Haus, where they don’t shy away from toppings, especially on their “dogs” and sausages. Dog Haus masters the grill and lets customers take their comfort food to a whole new level by having hot dog and sausage menu options topped with a variety of options such as roasted jalapeños, tater tots and even Fritos!
Hot dog lovers aren’t the only ones craving creativity; your customers are also looking for Burgers with Style, confirmed by Technomic’s recent studies “that the public is not growing tired of grandiose ground beef creations.”
Burgers and hot dogs are obviously common to throw on the grill, but have you ever thought about introducing your salad to the flames? We know it’s different, but trust us; it’s delicious and will keep guests intrigued. Bon Appétit shares 12 grilled salad recipes, but also try this Grilled Caesar Salad with Pancetta and Grilled Tomatoes (shown) that’s quick and easy. Flavor & The Menu says it best, “grilling’s transformative effect on produce is magical – gorgeous fruits and vegetables take on nuanced flavor, appealing grill marks and enhanced aroma when flame-kissed over a grill.”
Take the leap of faith and turn up the heat with a touch of gourmet this cookout season. Whether you’re grilling fruits and vegetables, hot dogs and burgers or your new menued pizza, there are many ways to unlock your inner grill master passion for deliciousness!