Killer Burger expanding to Salt Lake

Salt Lake City — Channeling a backyard burger party vibe, Killer Burger is sending trembles throughout the Pacific Northwest…and then it’ll shake the rest of the country with a crave-worthy menu unlike any other coast-to-coast, including in Salt Lake City. 

The famed rock ‘n roll burger hangout born and built in PDX, has announced plans for a strategic franchising initiative to expand its presence. The strategy starts with a focus on franchising throughout the Pacific Northwest. Regionally adjacent markets such as Salt Lake City will also feel the tremors of expansion in due time. In sum, Killer Burger projects more than quadrupling its franchise presence in the next five years. 

“We’ve built the concept for the long haul. Staying patient with our growth has meant prioritizing profitability for our franchisees with the most distinguishable burger brand in the country,” said TJ Southard, the CEO and founder of Killer Burger. “When it comes to an experience where burgers, craft beers and music come together, there is no other concept that brings the energy like we do, and we’re excited to bring this same energy to Salt Lake City. It all starts with the best-tasting burgers – it’s why we’ve been named Portland’s ‘Best Burger’ so many times.” 

Following its “commit to the burger” operating principle, which embodies everything from burger menu innovation to how the burgers are prepped and eaten, Killer Burger’s menu contains a mix of classic and original tastes. All burgers are served with fries and come topped with bacon and select proprietary sauces. And, with the Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon Burger being a fan favorite, creativity and tradition collide perfectly on the menu. 

Southard developed Killer Burger 10 years ago out of a sincere desire to open a restaurant where he and his close friends could hang out, blast rock music, enjoy perfect diner-style burgers, and drink top-tier craft beers. What ensued has become a brand with a cult following that aligns with its defining culture, vibe and spirit. In turn, profitability across the collection of locations exceeds industry-standard rates, both before COVID-19 and amid the pandemic. 

Killer Burger pivoted quickly to meet the challenges of Covid head on. When state mandates changed the rules for restaurant service, their operations team upgraded procedures and changed store layouts, creating a modular service design.  Furthermore, they invested heavily in an online ordering system to give Killer Burger loyalists a convenient and safe way to satisfy their cravings. Store performance has remained strong and the customers keep coming back, which means this new store layout will be adopted into mainstream operations going forward. 

Killer Burger is all about bringing people the very best version of this truly American food,” adds Southard.  “That’s why we’ve spent so much time in test kitchens perfecting everything on the menu, from patties to sauces so we can make the best burger imaginable. And it’s why we can’t wait for new franchise partners to help bring the Killer Burger experience to everyone.” 

Killer Burger is awarding franchise opportunities to both single-unit and multi-unit franchisees. Ideal candidates include transitioning professionals, seasoned restaurant owners/operators and skilled entrepreneurs. 

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About Killer Burger 

Currently, there are 12 Killer Burger locations in Oregon and Washington The brand is known for expertly crafted burgers that bring the best of the true American diner burger to the modern world. Each quality ingredient is layered on top of a perfectly seared patty to make each bite a meticulously engineered burger experience. All of their burger creations from the Classic to the Peanut Butter Pickle Bacon burger come with fries and bacon…the way it should be. Founded in Portland in September 2010, Killer Burger was the bold undertaking of TJ Southard whose midwestern roots led him to envision a better burger concept that would change the way the world thinks about burgers. He set out to make a burger so good that it becomes the definition of what a burger should be. Killer Burger has received praise from a number of news outlets both national and local since its inception, including being voted “Best Burger” in Vancouver, Washington’s TheColumbian and “Portland’s Best Burger” by readers of Willamette Week for 2019 and 2020.