Fast Food Review: Rodeo Cheeseburger from Burger King
I’ve done my fair share of slamming Burger King products in my day, but there is one particular item that will always put a smile on my face. Only one time can I remember being disappointed with the Rodeo Cheeseburger from Burger King and that was when someone mistakenly put A1 steak sauce in the place of BBQ sauce. The Rodeo Cheeseburger is a favorite of mine and I consider it $1.49 of fast food satisfaction.
While some locations don’t have the Rodeo Cheeseburger on the menu board anymore, if you ask for it, chances are you’ll get it. If your BK doesn’t acquiesce, just order a cheeseburger plain, a side of onion rings and BBQ dipping sauce to make your own. It won’t quite be exactly what a true Rodeo is supposed to be… not sure exactly how the BBQ sauce for the nuggets would compare to what they’d put in a BBQ burger. But whatever the case, I’ve done it before with positive results.
The Rodeo Cheeseburger is described like this via Wikipedia (sweet, it has its own Wiki page):
The Rodeo Cheeseburger consists of a burger patty, American cheese, three onion rings, mayo and barbecue sauce served on a sesame-seed bun.
Well as we all know, Wiki isn’t always completely accurate so here’s a correction: There’s no mayo on the BK Rodeo Cheeseburger. If mayonnaise ever got close to my Rodeo Cheeseburger, I’d spike it into the nearest trashcan. As a Western-style burger lover, I can say with great passion that mayo has no place near it. The Rodeo Cheeseburger is void of the biggest travesty in Burger King’s arsenal… “fresh” produce. No droopy, limp, pale lettuce or nubby tomatoes to be found… thumbs up from me. The generally so-so BK Onion Rings are put to good use in the Rodeo Cheeseburger. They provide a delicate crunch and hit of onion flavor I like. Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce is slathered on nice and even to provide a sweet and mildly spicy kick. The American cheese always seems to be melted onto the rings and standard flame-broiled burger patty just right, getting everything stuck together in one nice tight package. The cheesy adhesive proves to make this a fairly decent grubbing on the go burger. I’ve never encountered an issue with the sesame-seed bun and I especially like the fact that the bun to burger to rings to everything else ratio is spot-on.
While the list of things I dislike about Burger King is quite long, I feel the value menu and the elusive Rodeo Cheeseburger are real winners in the fast food world. If you’re in the mood for a cheap, cowboy-inspired burger from a drive-thru window, you’re in for a treat with the Rodeo. It’s a favorite or mine and is worthy of my spare change any day.
Pros: Great balance of simple flavors that make up a great fast food cheeseburger. Only $1.49
Cons: May not be available at your local BK.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Calories – 380
Totatl Fat – 19 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Cholesterol – 30 milligrams
Sodium – 630 milligrams
Carbs – 40 grams
Sugars – 9 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Protein – 17 grams