Butcher-Made Burgers Make Your Menu Better

8 April 2024, Vancouver, BC  - Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood has built a reputation for custom grinding high quality protein products for Canadian food service, retail and healthcare establishments for over 50 years. By taking advantage of improved consistency, yields, and labour costs, partnering with a burger producer will exceed your expectations and maximize your operation’s profitability.

There’s no shortage of demand for juicy, delicious burgers and no matter how you dress it up, a great burger starts with quality grinds. We’ve mastered a consistent approach to grinding premium quality protein to form patties that look, feel, and taste like they’re hand-made.

Program Highlights:

The Best Brands in Burgers

Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood develops patties and burgers for the most trusted brands amongst top chefs operating at single and multi-unit restaurants.

Tajima Wagyu

Sourced directly from Australia, Tajima Wagyu is the most famous of all Wagyu bloodlines, known for excellent quality meat with superior marbling. Tajima cattle are raised without antibiotics or hormones, and managed with strict quality assurance protocols. To compliment the Tajima Wagyu sub-primal program, the 100% pure Tajima Wagyu patty was developed. The fat content and flavourful meat makes the wagyu patty melt-in-your-mouth with supreme tenderness.

Certified Angus Beef®

It’s certified for a reason: there’s nothing else quite like it. Consumers will recognize the Certified Angus Beef® logo on your menu for consistent, high quality beef burgers. The Canadian farmers and ranchers behind the Certified Angus Beef® brand are dedicated to delivering the very best Angus beef. Certified Angus Beef® patties and burgers are 100% made with beef that meets their 10 rigorous specifications for unrivaled flavour and juiciness.

Intercity Custom Meats

Intercity Custom Meats follows founding values of relentless consistency and upholding the strictest food safety standards. Our master butchers specialize in producing value-added products to exact specifications, improving your labour costs, yields and shrinkage. Intercity Custom Meats’ butcher-made burger and patty program includes top quality beef, lamb, bison and turkey options to satisfy every menu need.

Busting The Myth Between Patties And Burgers

Often these terms are used interchangeably, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) defines patties and burgers differently, and so does Intercity Packers as a result.


Patties - Patties are made with a pure meat source, meaning they only contain one ingredient: beef, lamb, bison or turkey. Some consumers value the simple ingredient deck that patties offer, but patties are more susceptible to shrinkage.


Burgers - Burgers contain extra ingredients to increase flavour and moisture retention, including seasonings (such as salt and pepper)

The Secret To Lean-to-Fat Ratio

As the name implies, the lean-to-fat ratio defines how much lean protein vs. fat is contained in the recipe. Opting for a patty that’s too lean could dry out over time, whereas a patty that is too fat could cause flare ups. Finding the right lean-to-fat ratio depends on: your operation’s cooking method, required heat holding time limit, flavour preferences and the menu application. 

Single Source Grinds For Premium Flare

Building a reputation for the freshest, juiciest, and most crave-worthy beef patties starts with using the right cuts of beef. Intercity Packers offers premium patties made with specific cuts of beef, such as:

  • Chuck - Chuck is a classic for patties because it naturally has a well-balanced lean-to-fat ratio (81/19 is very common), which makes chuck patties flavourful and juicy. Chuck offers great beefy flavour as well, but won’t end up too greasy.
  • Brisket - Thanks to the high concentration of oleic acid, brisket has a well-earned reputation for exceptional flavour that translates well through the grinding process. Brisket is typically leaner than Chuck, which makes it a great choice for blending.
  • Prime Rib - The rib is praised for exceptional flavour and tenderness when roasted whole for prime rib and grilled as portioned ribeye steaks. The superior flavour and marbling makes for a crave-worthy, premium burger.

If a specific source grind is not mentioned in the product description, then that means the grind is made with a blend of trimmings from portioning roasts and steaks.

Shaping Burgers For Success

The labour-savings benefits and improved consistency gained by opting for butcher-made burgers and patties don’t stop at the grinding process, but also the seasoning, portioning and forming steps. For a patty to be perfectly formed, the meat needs to be exactly weighted, coarsely ground and formed at the right temperature. Thanks to decades of expertise and utilizing innovative equipment, Intercity Packers can offer top quality burgers and patties that look as if they were made right in your kitchen.

Most conventional meat processors use a high-pressure form to create their patties, which can damage the tender meat fibers and yields a uniform look that looks manufactured. Intercity Packers uses a gentle, low-pressure to form the patties, which yields an appearance and texture as if it was handmade. Meat fibres aren’t crushed and destroyed, and instead the fresh patties are tender, fluffy, and light.

Cooking Equipment Makes All The Different

When you think about cooking burgers at your operation, typically one of two pieces of cooking equipment are available: a griddle or grill. Both pieces of equipment are ideal for quick, high heat cooking and can enrich the burger with complex flavours, however there are some key differences in the results to consider when determining what product is right for your menu:

Griddle (Flat Top) - The flat cooking surface encourages an even sear to create a pronounced Maillard reaction between the natural amino acids and carbohydrates. In other words, this reaction is what contributes to a crave-worthy, caramelized flavour. The appearance of the cooked burger will have an even, seared crust.

This piece of cooking equipment is complimentary to all burger and patty styles.

Grill (Char Broiler) - The open grates exposes the burger directly to flames, which contributes to a traditional “grilled” smokey flavour. The cooked burger will have grill marks when flipped carefully.

If your operation only has a grill available, please keep this in mind:

Click here to view Intercity Packers' full offering of Butcher-Made Burgers, Patties & Sliders.


ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS

In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Indulge your culinary creativity with butcher-made sausages

8 February 2024, Vancouver, BC  - Savour the difference that gourmet, butcher-made sausages bring to your menu or retail butcher case, while meeting demand for protein options that drive profitability. To craft sausages that elevate your offering, our butchers infuse premium pork, chicken or turkey with a symphony of herbs and spices.

With a variety of applications and sizes to choose from, our sausages can wow guests on your brunch and dinner menu alike. Find the right sausage for your menu between gourmet classics like bangers and bratwurst to innovative options, such as maple blueberry pork and sundried tomato turkey.

Reap the benefits of premium pork, chicken and turkey sausages:

Discover the right style of butcher-made sausage for your establishment

Retail

Opt for the Intercity Custom Meats sausages that are available in a natural casing to meet demand for gourmet protein options that drive profitability and have great eye appeal when showcased in a raw format in your butcher case.

Healthcare

Turkey and chicken sausages are specially crafted to meet demand for healthy proteins that offer exceptional flavour and a soft bite. Intercity Custom Meats poultry-based sausages are lower in sodium, fat and calories than their pork-based equivalents.

Restaurants

All sausages made by Intercity Custom Meats are ultimately designed with a chef in mind. Between the different varieties of flavour profiles, portion size and meat options, there is guaranteed to be a gourmet sausage that fits your menu application.

For a detailed product list of sausage flavours and specifications available at Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood, please review the guide available here: Sausage Product Guide.


ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS

In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Exceed expectations with gluten-friendly stuffed chicken cordons

7 November 2023, Vancouver, BC  - Accommodate greater dietary preferences on your Winter menu with Intercity Packers’ gourmet product line of stuffed chicken cordons that feature premium, chef-inspired fillings and multiple breading options. Compared to other stuffed chicken products on the market, Intercity Packers’ cordons are low in sodium, made with superior ingredients, and as of today, available in a gluten-friendly option!

Stuffed chicken cordons offer labour-saving opportunities for your restaurant, retail or healthcare establishment. Additionally, opting fully prepared chicken cordons offers the following benefits:

The demand for gluten-friendly products has grown significantly over the past 15 years. With increased awareness around gluten allergies and sensitivities, your front-of-house staff will continue to receive more and more inquiries about your gluten-friendly offering. Intercity Packers' customers will now have the option to offer those valued guests a gluten-friendly solution, that doesn’t sacrifice flavour or quality.

Intercity Packers is the first Canadian supplier to produce a gluten-friendly chicken cordon, and the bar is being set high. Our gluten-friendly cordons are a crowd-pleasing option that’ll exceed the expectations of your guests with and without sensitivities alike. By utilizing a rice-based Japanese-style breadcrumb (JBC), which has larger flakes than wheat-based JBC, the breading is extra crunchy. Reach out to your Intercity Packers Sales Representative to try for yourself - you may be surprised by which breading option you enjoy more.

Each stuffed chicken cordon is made with care by our team of expert butchers. To start, the filling is assembled by hand, then the cordon is lightly breaded, par fried then flash frozen to lock in the freshness. Between the breading, portion size and filling, let’s compare all the different ways our butchers customize this product line.

TWO BREADING OPTIONS

Standard Panko

Standard Panko

  • Wheat-based Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs.
  • Small flake and crispy.
Gluten-friendly Panko

NEW! Gluten-free Panko

  • Rice-based Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs.
  • Larger flakes for extra crunch.*


*Limited to certain filling flavors and portion sizes at this time.

TWO PORTION SIZE OPTIONS

Ground Chicken

Country Cordon

  • Made with ground chicken (100% white meat)
  • Formed into a 115gr (4oz) portion
Full Chicken Breast

A La Cordon

  • Made with premium full-muscle chicken breasts
  • Yields a 170gr (6oz) portion

EIGHT FLAVOURS OF FILLINGS & COUNTING

From left to right: Parm, Bleu, Brie Cordon

Cordon Bleu - Black forest ham and creamy Edam cheese.

Canadian Cordon - Broccoli and cheddar cheese.

Kiev Cordon - Garlic butter and herbs.

Marinara & Parm Cordon - Tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan.

Apple Brie Cordon - Sweet apple chunks with chives and Brie cheese.

Cheddar, Chive & Bacon Cordon - The perfect loaded potato, minus the potato.

Neptune Cordon - Shrimp, scallops and garlic butter.

Festive Turkey Cordon - Ground turkey, moist stuffing and cranberry sauce filling (seasonal only)

Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet the rising demand for gluten-friendly options. For cooking instructions, product codes and a detailed list of specifications, please contact your Intercity Packers Sales Representative. To get in touch with a member of the Intercity Packers Sales team, please fill out the Become A Customer form here.

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ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS


In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.

Differentiate your holiday menu with meat & seafood products that maximize profits

31 August 2023, Vancouver, BC –   During the holiday season of previous years, restaurant goers’ demand for impeccable food and service has been fierce - and 2023 will be no different. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, “Nearly 60% of consumers say they plan to dine out at a restaurant during the holidays, while 50% intend to order takeout or delivery for a gathering at home. Another one in four say they plan to do both.”

Chefs and restaurant operators face a variety of challenges, including ensuring profitably without sacrificing the quality of the product they serve. Building an innovative Holiday menu that incorporates items that are elevated, but efficient to execute will maximize your success.

Flip through the pages of our latest product guide to discover products that will maximize profits and differentiate your menu. View the guide here: https://issuu.com/intercitypackers/docs/icp_holiday_product_guide_2023


You’ve already made a key decision to ensure a winning strategy, which is to partner with a protein supplier, that’s frankly more than a protein supplier. Intercity Packers is here to relieve pressure from your operation, strategically procure meat & seafood, inspire culinary development, and consistently supply the top quality products. With over 50 years of experience serving food service and retail operators, we have some tips on how to be successful during the holidays.

Top 3 Ways To Maximize Profits During The Busy Holiday Season

1. Plan your meat and seafood offering in advance.

Supply and demand can be tight for certain proteins, such as Turkeys, Beef Ribs, FCOs, Strips and Tenderloins, during the big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The key to not falling victim to shortages is to work with your ICP Sales Representative to book your offering early.

Your ICP Sales Representative will work with our strategic Procurement Team to find the best products at the best time. Booking your usage early also helps you lock in the best pricing, allowing you to maximize profits.

2. Opt for value-added products

Value-added products come in a variety of forms. Our vendors and expert in-house butchers have added value to the products in the Holiday Product Guide in one or more of the following ways:

Our expert butchers are here to relieve pressure from your operation. Streamline your back-of-house operation by maximizing efficiency with partially or fully prepared proteins in our value-added product line. Reap the benefits value-added products offer, such as reduced skilled labour costs, zero food waste and improved consistency.

3. Differentiate your holiday menu

Building a menu that stands out from the competition, while still expanding on your existing signature offering, is key to bringing in new and loyal patrons. Consider limited time offers (LTOs) that are elevated but efficient to execute by taking advantage of value-added products. Despite being partially prepared, value-added products offer an opportunity to add new creative features to your menu.

Here’s some inspiration for how the ICP Culinary team turned value-added products from the Holiday Product Guide into unique, seasonal menu items.

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ABOUT INTERCITY PACKERS


In 1972, Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood started out providing beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game products to local restaurants. We are now Canada’s leading supplier of the highest quality meat and seafood products to restaurants, healthcare and education customers across Canada. Our trained staff have years of experience in custom cutting of proteins. Because we produce food for the restaurant industry, our manufacturing plants are federally inspected and fully licensed, employing the high standards for food safety and quality assurance. With continuous innovation and the latest technology in the industry we provide safety, consistency, and leading-edge new products for our customers to meet evolving market trends and consumer preferences.