Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Burguesa Burger Named Homegrown Hit in Advocate Magazine

February 9, 2011

We always appreciate recognition in our hometown. Thanks to our friends at Oak Cliff Advocate for celebrating our success!


Burguesa Burger Is Front-page News

February 8, 2011

Look for more Burguesa Burgers in McAllen and beyond.

Check it out: Burguesa’s expansion plans in the Rio Grande Valley made the front page of Today’s Restaurant.

Paws Up for Burguesa Burger’s Dog-friendly Patio

February 7, 2011

Our friends at the Dallas Morning News recently recognized Burguesa Burger in Oak Cliff for its dog-friendly patio, a photo of which you can see on the Dog About Town Facebook page. Thanks for the pet love!

Burguesa Burger Signs Agreement To Open Six More Stores in Rio Grande Valley

January 11, 2011
Burguesa Burger in McAllen, Texas

Burguesa Burger in McAllen, Texas. Expect more locations in the Rio Grande Valley soon!

As part of an overall growth strategy to expand into U.S.-Mexico border towns, Burguesa Burger® Franchise Inc. recently signed a deal with Eddie Burger, LLC, to open six more restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley. Eddie Burger president Nicky Runnels operates the Burguesa Burger in McAllen, the first Burguesa outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. This new agreement will bring the total number of restaurants in RGV to eight.

Burguesa Burger, the Original Mexican Burger, was a hit in McAllen from the moment it opened its doors, thanks to its commitment to authenticity and unique Mexican-influenced flavors. Burguesa Burger uses Mexican brands, products, and ingredients—from buns to beverages—which helped institutionalize the concept. In addition to its popularity with local burger lovers, Burguesa has received rave reviews from the local media, including The Monitor and Univision.

“The community and neighborhood have been great supporters of our restaurant,” says owner Nicky Runnels, who was born and raised in McAllen and whose family has been in business in the Rio Grande Valley for three generations. “Burguesa Burger represents something different for those craving a great burger while satisfying the taste profiles of our market. There are many unique qualities of this concept—from the special sauce and spicy fries to Burguesa Burger’s cane-sugar sodas. We pride ourselves on what we do differently from other burger restaurants. We look forward to expanding in the Rio Grande Valley and hope to open our second store within the next few months.”

“I’m stoked that Nicky is going to lead our expansion in the Rio Grande Valley,” says Burguesa Burger founder Jeff Sinelli. “Nicky is a patient, diligent young businessman with strong ties to the McAllen community and surrounding areas. He learned how to run a successful business from his father, and that pedigree will ensure his success. Now that he’s picked the right racehorse—Burguesa Burger—he’ll be first to the finish line.”

Burguesa Ranks Among the Burger Chains to Watch in 2011

December 30, 2010

Special thanks to our friends over at BurgerBusiness for recognizing Burguesa as a chain to watch in 2011. And we’re in good company—Dallas-based Twisted Root and Mooyah also made the list.

Burguesa Burger Helps Chicago Students Learn Spanish

December 14, 2010

8th grade spanish class at medinah christian school

Back in October, Burguesa Burger founder and chief burger officer Jeff Sinelli was in Chicago to present at Restaurant Hospitality’s New Directions Conference. He had a few leftover menus, so his brother, Todd, delivered the extras to Rebecca Domke at Medinah Christian School, in Medinah, Illinois. Domke teaches middle school Spanish, and her 8th-graders have been studying food and nutrition terms as well as how to interact in a restaurant. She decided to give the menus to her students to play restaurant.

“My intention was to only do this one class period, and I used the menus because they had many of the food terms and grammatical structures we had already been learning throughout the year,” says Domke. “However, upon seeing the menus, my students immediately realized, ‘Hey, these are, like, REAL,’ and we’ve been doing this activity during a portion of every class since. Being connected to real-life Spanish has really motivated them, and I have had more than one of my colleagues ask me about what the students tell them is, ‘The best thing we’ve done in school,’ ‘My favorite thing ever,’ and ‘The most fun we’ve had so far this year.’

My students’ only additional request has been real food! Oh yeah—and maybe a Burguesa Burger around here where they can actually order the Monumental burgers they keep reading about!”

Wow. The Original Mexican Burger has made quite an impact in the Windy City!

Burguesa Burger Introduces Pablo’s Pollo Grilled Chicken Sandwich

November 19, 2010

Pablo's Pollo grilled chicken sandwich at Burguesa Burger

Reason no. 357 to love the Burguesa Burger special creamy sauce: the way it mingles with the onion, cilantro, and lime relish on Pablo’s Pollo grilled chicken sandwich, the latest addition to the Burguesa menu. We just knew that sauce was irresistible.

Get a Cerveza With Your Burguesa on Fort Worth Avenue

November 19, 2010

 Burguesa Burger in Oak Cliff is now serving beer

We told you that a liquor license was on its way, and it’s arrived! Burguesa Burger on Fort Worth Avenue is now serving beer: Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Dos Equis Lager, Corona, and Negra Modelo. Is there a better combo than burguesa and beer?

The Monitor in McAllen Loves Our Mexican Burgers

November 19, 2010

Burguesa Burger in McAllen, Texas

We just wanted to share this nice write-up in The Monitor about Burguesa Burger and McAllen owner Nicky Runnels. Our first restaurant outside Dallas-Fort Worth has a fiercely loyal following down there in the Rio Grande Valley.

Hey! That Guy’s Dressed Like a Giant Mexican Hot Dog!

October 28, 2010
Burguesa Burger's Charles Ballard dressed like a Mexican hot dog

Do not be alarmed when you see this man. Instead, ask him how to get a $5 Mexican hot dog combo!


If you happen to be driving past Fort Worth and Sylvan avenues Friday morning, you might see this guy standing on the corner, passing out flyers for $5 Mexican hot dog combos at Burguesa Burger. The man behind the mask is chief progress officer Charles Ballard, and he’s hitting the streets dressed like a hot dog to get people pumped about Burguesa’s Hallo-wiener promotion. For two days only (October 29-30), we’re offering two Mexican hot dogs, fries, and a medium drink for just $5—a savings of $3.25! He’ll be in Oak Cliff bright and early, then he’ll head over to Renaissance Tower to catch the breakfast crowd there. If you miss him in the morning, he’ll return to Oak Cliff in the afternoon. Happy Hallo-wiener!