Signature Series: Burgers

Operators share the burgers that keep customers coming back for more.

Asian Twist Mandarin Beef Burger
Alfred State University, N.Y.

When the team at Alfred State University heard about the NY State Burger Contest, it decided to create a few signature burgers to try for the win. This burger came out victorious for the operation's region. Bron Norasethaporn, catering manager, says the burger has been a success because of the fusion of flavors.

"We top it with a Mandarin orange dressing, red onion and use panko breadcrumbs in the meat," Norasethaporn says. "We top them with fried rice paper, like a spring roll, romaine lettuce and sliced tomato. We also serve it with cucumber ajari instead of standard pickles."

See full recipe 

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
trail mix

We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

Ideas and Innovation
email

Communication is key, and [managers] are busy too. One tip I picked up from another director was to label my subject line with the header “action,” “information” or “response” followed by a brief description of the email contents. That way they can filter through their inboxes during their busy days to know which emails need their attention immediately and which they can save to read later.

Ideas and Innovation
salmon and yogurt

With all the hype around probiotics, we decided to create a daily dish that incorporates probiotics in addition to prebiotics. You rarely hear about prebiotics, and this was a great way to highlight how the two work synergistically to maintain a healthy gut. Our chefs have developed menu items such as roasted salmon with yogurt and mint vinaigrette, kale and quinoa salad with warm maple dressing, and leek soup with prickled cucumbers, to name a few.

Industry News & Opinion

Buckeye Union High School District in Buckeye, Ariz., has introduced monthly chef demos to encourage students to try different foods as well as healthy eating habits, AZ Family reports.

Each month, chefs conduct a lunchtime demo in the cafeteria at the district’s three high schools. After viewing the demo, students are then encouraged to sample some of the dish that was prepared.

The demos were introduced just after each of the cafeterias were renovated with a food court-style layout, allowing students to select from a variety of options during lunch.

Read the full...

FSD Resources