The ubiquity of chicken strips has prompted an American beef lobby group to
try to turn beef into a popular appetiser ingredient.

Capitalising on Americans' love for both the cheeseburger and French fry, the group's researchers have come up with the concept of cheeseburger fries.

The high-fat creation from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, moulds stubs of ground beef and cheese, and then breads and deep fries them. The stumpy little snacks are then served up with a variety of dipping sauces.

Cheeseburger fries have found their way onto menus in several US states including Nebraska, Minnesota and Texas since June.