Chicago has no dearth of burger establishments, and the list of options seems to be growing longer by the day. Among those new fast-casual burger restaurants is Rev Burger, founded in 2014 by Wendy and Bill Spatz, a couple who loves to dine out, and who set out to revolutionize fast food. What sets Rev Burger apart is its focus on healthier ingredients and reduced calorie counts, while still keeping it delicious.
The burgers, chicken, hot dogs, fish, bacon, and sausage that are offered at Rev Burger are all natural, and are free of hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and added nitrites and nitrates. Burgers are hand formed on site and are never frozen. They are then broiled to seal in the meat’s natural flavors. The beef is 100% Angus from cows raised in a stress free open pasture environment and fed a 100% natural grass diet with no GMO’s. All calorie counts are listed on the menu, as well.
The fries (oh, those fries!), are baked, rather than fried, and have up to half the amount calories and fat of those found at other fast food restaurants. Even the shakes, which are made with organic yogurt, have 40-50% less calories than McDonald’s and Culver’s. Rev Burger has a handy comparison of all of these statistics on its website.
Rev Burger currently has two locations – the first in west suburban Carol Stream, and the second in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. It was at the latter location that I recently tried a sampling of Rev Burger’s offerings. I typically avoid fast food, but when I read about Rev Burger’s philosophy and manner of food preparation, I was curious to give it a try.
The first thing that I noticed upon entering Rev Burger was its size and how clean and bright the restaurant was. Also, Rev Burger sells a wide variety of wine and beer. In fact, over 100 craft beers are available for purchase.
I had just come from the gym, so I wanted to eat light. Therefore, I ordered the Fry-less Seasoned Sweet Potato Tots, which are only 166 calories for the serving, the egg white wrap with onions and green peppers, which is 268 calories, and a vanilla shake, which clocks in at 293 calories. Gourmet burgers, char-broiled burgers, hot dogs, chicken, Italian beef sandwiches, and meatless sandwiches are all offered, in addition to salads and a kids menu.
My vanilla shake arrived first, and I was very excited to try this guiltless sweet treat. I was not disappointed. The shake was thick, creamy, and delicious and lacked the artificial taste found in most fast food offerings. I loved it.
My sweet potato tots and egg wrap then arrived. I was impressed with the amount of sweet potato tots in the order considering the low amount of calories. Even though these tots were baked, they still tasted great and lacked the oil and grease found on fried items. I really enjoyed the taste and texture of the tots, which offered a bit of sweetness and plenty of sweet potato chunks. A definite win.
I also enjoyed the egg white wrap, which would make a perfect breakfast. I did not add cheese, so the wrap was a bit dry, but with the addition of the side of salsa, it was perfect.
My husband couldn’t join me, so I ordered the Bacon, Onion & BBQ Sauce gourmet burger, at the recommendation of the helpful server, as well as the Fry-Less Seasoned Fries, for him to-go. I, of course, had to sneak a fry (or five), and they were outstanding! I could not believe that they were not fried! The seasoning was perfect, and they were crunchy on the outside but still nice and soft on the inside. I am definitely ordering the fries on my next visit!
While my husband devoured the entire burger, he thought the meat was a bit dry and overcooked and the BBQ sauce a little too sweet. He orders his burgers on the rarer side, so perhaps that was the reason, but he still enjoyed it as evidenced by the fact that not a bite was left on the plate. Next time, he wants to try the Blue Cheese Burger.
Overall, I really enjoyed Rev Burger. I appreciate that I can now find fast food made healthy and still delicious. Prices are extremely reasonable – $3.75 to $7.99 for single burgers, with nothing on the menu over $11.99 – especially in light of the quality of the ingredients used. Rev Burger is perfect for a quick and inexpensive lunch or dinner, and is great for families with young children, as well. I will definitely be back for the fries, sweet potato tots, and shakes, and to try some additional menu items.
22 West Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654
415 South Schmale Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188
While my meal at Rev Burger was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.