By Peter Covino
If you love a good burger, this is your time of year.
Once again, Hard Rock Cafe’s across the land, including Hard Rock Orlando, have launched a new edition of the World Burger Tour.
The annual event showcases Local Legendary Burgers — from the English Breakfast Burger, which pays homage to a classic English breakfast, and Hard Rock’s first-ever location in London, to the Jamaican Jerk Burger, which features mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk seasoning inspired by Montego Bay. The limited-time menu is available now through Thursday, June 30. This year, Hard Rock is also offering a literal World Burger Tour, a travel package that takes the most adventurous burger enthusiasts on the road (and the skies) to sample offerings from the World Burger Tour menu at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle.
“Our World Burger Tour menu was a fan-favorite last summer, so we’ve remixed the menu and added burgers with authentic, regional flavors from Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and more on this year’s tour,” said Alex Merchan, Sr. director, Marketing & Sales. “For the first time, we’re also offering a World Burger Tour trip so guests can pack their bags and see the sights and sounds that have inspired our burgers for the past 44 years.”
Hard Rock gives chefs at their cafes the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the flavors of their city. This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu.
As usual, the toughest decision is going to be, how do you choose just one burger? Here are this year’s selections.
· English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans
· Java Lava Burger (Seattle) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño
· Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and cucumber planks
·Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayo
·ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, Atomic crispy onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayo
·Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli
· Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice
·Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo
For the utlimate burger experience, Hard Rock is offering an international journey: The World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle. This trip celebrates the cities that inspired the burger Tour. The travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and more. Go to www.worldburgertour.com.
The cost is $24,999 for two guests.