special projects editor
Even with processors grinding out new varieties of hamburgers for retailers and foodservice operators, that doesn’t mean that burgers aren’t already popular. Traditional hamburgers certainly are hot stuff in the U.S., to the tune of 13.5 billion consumed in this country on an annual basis.
Breaking down the burger a bit more, here are some other facts to chew on:
* Seven out of every 10 burgers consumed in this country are purchased out of home.
* Hamburgers account for nearly half of all consumed restaurant sandwiches.
* 29 percent of ground beef eaten in this country is used for burgers, followed by spaghetti at 14 percent, Mexican dishes at 9 percent and casseroles at 8 percent.
Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association