Slideshow: New menu items from Steak 'n Shake, IHOP, Carl's Jr.

by Rebekah Schouten
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KANSAS CITY — New twists on the traditional cheeseburger are taking over restaurant menus.

Bigger is better for Steak ’n Shake’s new cheeseburger, which features three times the beef plus premium bacon. The Bacon ’n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger is layered with three 100% beef steakburger patties, nine half-slices of hardwood-smoked bacon, two slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Jim Flaniken, Steak 'n Shake
Jim Flaniken, senior vice-president of marketing for Steak ‘n Shake

"We are introducing new burgers topped with ultra-premium bacon that is unmatched in the marketplace," said Jim Flaniken, senior vice-president of marketing for Steak 'n Shake. "We dedicated the past year to source the highest quality bacon. So if you like bacon, you will love all our bacon Steakburgers, especially the new Bacon 'n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger."

IHOP is bringing the cheeseburger to the breakfast table with its new Cheeseburger Omelette. The egg omelette is filled with grilled and diced USDA Choice ground beef, hash browns, tomatoes, onions and American cheese topped with ketchup, mustard and pickles. IHOP is also offering mini versions of the fast food favorite. The chain’s new Cheeseburger Sliders each feature a USDA Choice beef slider patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s is serving a spicy take on the fast food favorite with the Jalapeño Double Cheeseburger. It features two charbroiled beef patties, five jalapeño slices, two slices of Pepper Jack cheese, a swirl of Santa Fe sauce, lettuce and tomato served on a classic bun.

Jason Marker, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's
Jason Marker, c.e.o. for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s

“In most quick-service restaurant chains’ value burgers, there is no flavor, but our Jalapeño Double Cheeseburger packs a flavorful punch with its spicy combination of Jalapeños and Santa Fe Sauce,” said Jason Marker, chief executive officer for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. “I dare anyone to try this burger and not say ‘wow’ – it tastes incredible.”

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