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.
Several 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:
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.
Drake’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.
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.