New Rio Crisp Burger and ChiTown Classic Have Arrived at Chicago Area McDonald’s Restaurants

Over the summer, the Chicago Metropolitan area (aka Chicagoland) conducted the Burger Build Off Competition where you could use an online burger generator to create and name your own Burger Creation.  Then there was a voting process, semi-finalist process, then eventually two finalists were selected.  Now we’re in phase three of the process where each of the two finalists has their Burger Creation made available as a Limited Time Offer” menu item at participating McDonald’s restaurants in “Chicagoland”.   Depending on the sales of the burgers will determine the prize rundown (official rules here if you’re curious).  So anyway, what’s most important to me is the two burgers now available in the Chicago metropolitan market.  Here’s a look at the two burger finalists… the Rio Crisp Burger and the ChiTown Classic:Chicagoland Burgers McDonald'sThe Rio Crisp Burger features a 1/4 lb. 100% all-beef patty, natural Pepper Jack cheese, chili lime tortilla strips, leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced red onions, guacamole, and creamy peppercorn sauce on a toasted artisan roll.  The ChiTown Classic features a 1/4 lb. 100% all-beef patty, natural white cheddar cheese, natural pepper jack cheese, Canadian bacon, thick cut applewood smoked bacon, baby spinach & baby kale blend, sliced tomato, sliced red onions and mayo on a toasted quarter pounder bun.  The Chicagoland Burgers are only in restaurants for a limited time.  Which one would you choose?

18 comments on “New Rio Crisp Burger and ChiTown Classic Have Arrived at Chicago Area McDonald’s Restaurants

  1. Beefonstick says:

    I like any burger with guacamole.

  2. Libby says:

    My pick would be the Chitown Classic minus the greens.

  3. Kiki says:

    Rio Crisp all the way.

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    ChiTown Classic, not a fan of guacamole on a burger, now an egg, that’s another story.

  5. sue says:

    RioCrisp, sick of all these bacon this and bacon that.

  6. MP says:

    Ugh – I wouldn’t vote for either. I don’t want crunchy tortilla strips in my food, don’t like guacamole & the Canadian bacon ruins the other one.
    My entry would had been a quarter pounder with sharp cheddar cheese spread & caramelized onions on a rye bun. It has existed before & was known as the “Cheddar Melt”.

  7. Snackeroo says:

    ChiTown Classic for me, but I’d rather have regular bacon than Canadian on mine.

  8. BigBelly says:

    Neither really excite me to much, I love (home made)guacamole, but never thought it really added much to a burger, except for the first bite

    Chili lime tortilla strips are good, but I bet they send the sodium count through the roof on that one. That being said, I’d probably still give it a try (it can’t be worse then that popper laced thing from CJ’s LOL)

    I’d try the classic, minus the Canadian bacon

    Aside from trying them once, I seriously doubt I’d order them again :/

  9. Sascha says:

    Without making any changes, I’d choose the Chi-Town. But take off the guac, and the Rio sounds just as great.

  10. Burt says:

    I actually had the Rio Crisp about 9 times. I didn’t think the guacamole would be good but it’s great. It’s like a taco burger now that I think about it.

  11. Wade says:

    The ChiTown Classic sounds awesome. However I’d like to try both…if only I lived in Chicago.

  12. Chiquita L says:

    I personally like Rio Crisp… Love guacamole and it adds to the flavor of the sandwich.Time to be conscious of healthier alternatives without losing taste!

  13. zxGriffin says:

    Ya…. when I’m in Chitown I’ll stick to Kumas Corner…make a drive to Enzos…or even hit up smash burger.

  14. Dawn c says:

    I tried the rio crisp today….would prolly be good but as usual the screwed it up and left off the tortilla chips and the peppercorn sauce…….s was a cheeseburger with guac….

  15. AshyBashy says:

    So wait, what part of the burger is “Rio”? Also yes, Alex K., America is that ignorant considering guacamole a “healthier alternative”.

  16. Shandelle says:

    Finally had a chance to try both. I enjoyed both well enough. The Rio Crisp is decent but not a fan of the creamy peppercorn sauce, which seemed weird and unnecessary. Made the burger too sloppy and soggy. The Chi-Town Classic was ok. I got it without mayo as I don’t like it. Was leery about Canadian bacon on it. Overall, the applewood bacon overpowers the sandwich. They put very little of the greens on it but I didn’t mind. A burger I’d eat again but neither was really a stand out. And nothing about the Chi-Town Classic is remotely CLASSIC Chicago.

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