One does not usually travel to France to eat a burger. To climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower or to gaze at the stained glass windows of Nôtre-Dame de Paris – yes, but to eat a burger? Not really. But soon you just might. A recently released study by Gira Conseil showed that burgers have become a new favourite food among the French.

A 2012 report by NPD Group showed that the French are the biggest burger consumers in continental Europe – with 14 burgers per year per person.
The Eiffel Tower is on most travellers' to visit list. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)
The Eiffel Tower is on most travellers’ to visit list. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

In an interview, Paris-based restaurant researcher Gira Conseil explained, “The explosion of burgers is coming from restaurants. It is affordable and chefs want to show they can make a quality burger.” And with three-quarters of France’s restaurants featuring a burger on their menu and 977 million burgers sold last year, chefs are getting the chance to shine.

But it isn’t just the fancy restaurants that are benefiting from the burger boom. McDonald’s and burger trucks are also seeing a lot of the action.

Hamburgers at a Hamburger Festival
Are hamburger festivals on the horizon for France? (Photo Credit: Taste of Hamburger Festival by Flickr user kjarrett)
Did You Know? On 16 November 2010, UNESCO extended its protection to the gastronomic meal of the French.

Will the burger be the death of French food as we know it or will it just inspire creative combinations – Nutella and Mimolette cheeseburger anyone?

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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