I Uncovered the Best Burger at Chili’s and You Won’t Believe Which One It Is

Chili’s is not just about their famous baby-back ribs and catchy jingle. Deep down, it’s a burger paradise. With an extensive menu offering a variety of mouthwatering options, Chili’s is a go-to destination for burger enthusiasts. So, I embarked on a mission to try every single burger on their menu, accompanied by my son and his friend. Our goal was simple: find the ultimate burger champion and help you make an informed decision on your next visit to the restaurant.

A Burger Extravaganza

To ensure fairness, we ordered each burger cooked medium, with all the toppings and no substitutions, accompanied by a side of fries. As our table filled up with a tantalizing array of burgers, we dove in, taking small bites, cautiously avoiding the dreaded “meat coma.”

The Mushroom Swiss Burger

We started with the Mushroom Swiss Burger ($12.19). Topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, this burger had great potential. However, the overwhelming quantity of mushrooms drowned out the flavor of the cheese and left us disappointed.

Rating: 0/10

The Santa Fe Burger

Next up was the Santa Fe Burger ($12.89), loaded with avocado slices, pepper jack cheese, red onion, jalapeños, tomato, pickles, cilantro, and spicy Santa Fe sauce. This burger had so much going on that it became messy and overwhelming. The heat of the jalapeños didn’t quite complement the other flavors, and the Santa Fe sauce felt excessively slimy.

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Rating: 1/10

The Just Bacon Burger

Dressed with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and mayo, the Just Bacon Burger ($12.39) was a meat lover’s dream. However, six slices of greasy bacon made it feel more like a breakfast sandwich than a burger.

Rating: 1/10

The Brisket Burger

The Brisket Burger ($14.29) sported pulled brisket, pickles, coleslaw, cheddar cheese, and house barbecue sauce. While the idea of combining brisket with a burger seemed enticing, the overloaded meat became overwhelming, overshadowing the other elements of the burger.

Rating: 3/10

The Secret Sauce Burger

The “secret sauce” on the Secret Sauce Burger ($11.39) added a delightful twist to this burger. With shredded lettuce, American cheese, and sautéed onions, it had a distinct flavor that set it apart. This burger won over my son’s friend, who declared it his top favorite.

Rating: 5/10

The Bacon Rancher

With two juicy beef patties, six slices of crispy bacon, house-made ranch, American cheese, sautéed onions, and pickles, the Bacon Rancher ($17.19) claimed the title of the most caloric burger on the menu. Although it was a bit too heavy, the combination of flavors pleased the boys. But would they order it again? Not so fast.

Rating: 7/10

The Double Oldtimer

The Double Oldtimer ($15.89) had double the patties, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mustard. While we enjoyed the regular Oldtimer with Cheese, the double version proved to be a bit much. Its size made it difficult to take a proper bite, and its slightly burnt taste didn’t win everyone over.

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Rating: 8/10

The Big Mouth Bites

Four mini burgers ($12.49) topped with bacon, American cheese, and sautéed onions unexpectedly stole the show. These bite-sized gems offered a delightful blend of flavors that left us craving more. It was like indulging in a fancy appetizer that surpassed our expectations.

Rating: 9/10

The Classic Oldtimer

Last but not least, the Classic Oldtimer ($11.39) with cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mustard. This burger embodied the classic burger experience we all love. Its grilled or charred taste added a distinct touch, and while one of the boys thought it tasted slightly “burnt,” this timeless option remains a solid choice for burger enthusiasts.

Rating: 10/10

The Verdict

After an epic burger adventure, our verdict is in. The Classic Oldtimer at Chili’s stands tall as the ultimate champion, delivering a classic, satisfying burger experience that never disappoints. Its simplicity and balance make it the go-to choice for those seeking the quintessential burger. However, don’t overlook the unexpected greatness of the Big Mouth Bites, a delightful surprise that packs big flavors in small bites.

So, the next time you find yourself at Chili’s, remember to savor these burger gems. And if you’re craving more juicy details, check out the full lineup of Chili’s burgers, ranked from worst to best here. Enjoy your burger adventure!

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