New summer menu items at your favorite restaurant chains – 24/7 Wall St.

The research and development teams of major restaurant chains (and some minor chains) are constantly imagining, creating, testing and refining new menu offerings. Some of them are never put into production. Others are added to menus in a few markets on a trial basis but never hit the big time, while others get a chance to shine nationally but then fade away. (Here are some fast food dishes we’d like to see back on the menu.)

The best of these new offerings eventually become staples of a channel’s repertoire, even developing cult followings (over to you, McRib).

Sometimes new dishes are tied to specific holidays. St. Patrick’s Day tends to see artificially colored green foods appear. Likewise, the alternately dreaded or highly anticipated “pumpkin spice” aroma comes like clockwork each fall. Others reflect the season in a broader sense – lighter foods in spring and summer, richer when the weather cools. And some, of course, appear without any apparent logic.

To compile a list of new restaurant chain menu items early in the summer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed several editions of the Menu Tracker column regularly appearing in Nation Restaurant News, one of the leading national restoration publications. Bret Thorn, NRN’s food and beverage editor, adds new menu offerings to the column every week, covering a wide range of restaurant chains large and small across the United States.

On this month’s list, as summer has officially begun, summery ingredients like fresh berries, watermelon, and pesto appear. Another popular warm weather ingredient (though not itself seasonal), chicken is well represented as always – this time appearing in 10 of our 35 new articles.

Click here to see the chain’s new restaurant menu items for the summer

It’s not all light fare, however. Diets like Burger King’s Sausage Cheesy Breakfast Melt, Papa Johns’ Epic Pepperoni-Stuffed Crust Pizza, and Krispy Kreme’s Cinnamon Milk Glazed Donut with cream cheese probably won’t do much for your summer beach body. Nevertheless, they sound pretty good.

And, of course, because this is America, there are burgers – four variations (counting sliders) plus a cheeseburger omelet and a “cowboy smothered burger dinner” – just in time. for July 4th. (These are the best burgers you can find in a fast food restaurant.)

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