The burger bar trend is alive and well in metro Detroit. Only it’s not so much a bar as it is a truck. And it’s not so much a truck as it is a trailer. Ned’s Travelburger, Oakland County’s latest food “truck,” is actually a shiny silver trailer that can be towed to different locations for special events (otherwise you can find it parked at its usual location at 2010 Cole St. in Birmingham). The rectangular burgers are made from grass-fed beef raised by the Fowlerville 4-H Club, dressed with fresh produce from local farmers’ markets and served on custom-made challah rolls from Holiday Market.
Over in West Bloomfield, the Denver-based burger chain Smashburger has opened its first area location with four more to follow in 2012. Smashburger, so named for the way the burgers are “smashed” on the grill, is known for using 100% Certified Angus Beef. They also serve hand-made Haagen-Dazs shakes and “pop” from Michigan’s own Faygo and Vernors.