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Winning Olympics-Themed Burgers

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The impending opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday hasn’t generated much excitement in the burger community. Unlike with World Cup or other events, there hasn’t yet been a torrent of tie-in burgers.

The best I’ve seen so far doesn’t come from global Olympics sponsor McDonald’s but from Bounce Sporting Club in New York City’s Flatiron District. Inspired by swimmer Michael Phelps’ alleged training diet of 10,000 to 12,000 calories a day, Bounce is serving the $25 The Notorious Phelps burger (below). The build: three Pat LaFrieda beef patties, smoked pork belly, truffle hash browns, Cheddar cheese, pickled Old Bay hollandaise sauce, and a sunny-side-up egg between French toast. Catch your breath.

Bounce Sporting Club Phelpd burgerSeveral of the Olympics burgers out there play off the X-Tudo, a popular and large Brazilian burger. USAToday tells us that “X-Tudo” derives from Brazilians’ pronunciation of “cheese” as “sheesh,” which also is the phonetic sound for the letter “x” in Portuguese. With me so far? So “X-Tudo” means “cheese with everything.” Which means good eating.

Here’s a roundup of some of the Olympics burgers on menus now:

Burgerhaus X todoBurgerhaus, Indianapolis
A fresh-never-frozen burger served on a pretzel roll with butter lettuce, fire-roasted red pepper, chipotle-Tabasco mayo, chorizo, chipotle Monterrey cheese, a fried egg and potato sticks; served with sweet potato fries.

Drakes Brazilin burgersDrake’s, Franklin, Tenn.
Rio X-Tudo Mini Burgers
Miniburgers with a kick of jalapeňo-Jack cheese and chipotle-honey ketchup; coupled with Brazilian Bombshell Rolls with seared beef and crispy fried onions.

Handmade BrazilianHandmade Burger Co., UK locations
First: Brazilian Beef
A 7-oz. beef patty on a bed of lettuce and chipotle, topped with mango salsa, mature Cheddar cheese, chorizo sausage, tomato and red onion.

Handmade Rio ChickenHandmade Burger Co., UK locations
Second: Chicken Rio
Marinated British chicken breast topped with our mango salsa, grilled pineapple, chorizo sausage, tomato and red onion.

BRGR_BrazilianBRGRBRGR.Co, London
The Rio

A chorizo-spliced blade steak patty topped with a fried egg, Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onion and onion rings; served with a chilli-spiked mayo.

GBK X BurgerGourmet Burger Kitchen, UK locations
The X Burger
Two 6-oz. beef patties, mature Cheddar, baconnaise, grilled pineapple, Cajun relish, jalapeños, chilies & crispy onions.

McD_Malaysia McDonald’s, Malaysia
Rio Burger
Succulent chargrilled beef patty and special Rio sauce with “a tinge of spiciness and a burst of fresh vegetables.”


McDonald’s, China
An Olympics menu saluting five continents:

American-style salmon burgers; fried shrimp flavor stick [Oceania]; European-style jam yogurt ice cream; African-style smoked chicken wings; Asian flavors fruity Killer Cool.

GoodStuffEateryGood Stuff Eatery, multiple locations
Brazilian Burger
Topped with Muenster cheese, sautéed onions, green peppers and tomatoes and finished with a basil and lemon mayo