Fast Food Review: Tumbleweed Burger from Roy Rogers
It has been months since the last time I had a burger. Crazy right? I knew the streak had to end at some point and what better way to end it than with my favorite kind of burger. I’m pretty predictable when it comes to burgers. Sure, I will try just about any style, but I will always have a special place in my stomach for a “western-style” burger. It seems extremely long overdue that a place like Roy Rogers now comes out with one of it’s own. This new burger is in test phases in select restaurants and they call it the Tumbleweed Burger.
If you aren’t familiar with Roy Rogers or Roy Rogers restaurants, just know that it’s a place for cowboys like myself. Fried chicken and burgers are the main players at Roy’s and the western-theme is strewn all over the place. Cowboy hats, cactus murals, wagon wheels etc. Slap some BBQ sauce on just about anything and you can fit in quite comfortably with the “western” name tag. The Tumbleweed Burger is a brand new creation from Roy’s, but doesn’t really break any new ground. This is a good thing actually and I’m glad that Roy’s went in this direction. I hope this burger sticks around and expands to more restaurants. The Tumbleweed Burger contains a 1/4 pound beef patty, natural sharp cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and onion straws all contained in a kaiser roll. So the main components of a western-style burger are present…burger/cheese/BBQ sauce/fried onions. I’m excited to report that this burger was pretty stellar.
I’m already a big fan of the Roy Rogers burgers that you can customize yourself at the Fixin’s Bar (check out my review of the regular 1/4 pounder). Sometimes, I’m not in the mood to customize and would just like to order something as-is and have all the ingredients work together. Shame on the places that offer a western burger and ridiculously add sliced tomato, lettuce and ketchup! What are you thinking? To each their own of course but seriously, a true burger of this caliber is successful by only a few ingredients and adding anything else just makes it something entirely different. Some might say that bacon is also one of the standard ingredients of a western burger and I can’t really argue with that. I can go without the bacon personally but I know some of you must have some present. A bacon option for a little extra shouldn’t be an issue seeing as though the Roy’s Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich has it standard. But getting back to what you get with your non-customized Tumbleweed Burger order, let’s review. The beef patty is a 1/4 pound and not overly greasy while still having a savory beef flavor. It’s what I’m used to from Roy’s burgers. The fried onions are pretty decent sized and at first glance thought the burger was stuffed with fries. The fried onions also provided a nice crisp crunch and didn’t suffer from being soggy or limp. I would love Roy’s to add the fried onions as a side order. The BBQ sauce was generously applied and hit me with a nice combination of sweet and tangy. I would’ve liked a little spicy to go with the sweet and tangy but I still really liked the sauce. The kaiser roll is a Roy’s standard and never disappoints. I never experience any dried out or stale buns and it had no trouble containing the ingredients. My only major issue with the Tumbleweed would be that the natural sharp cheddar cheese did absolutely nothing in the taste department. I would think cheddar would completely dominate in this area but it was just way too mild and forgettable.
So in closing, I guess you can tell that I’m a fan of the Tumbleweed Burger. It really isn’t a complicated creation and as I mentioned before, long overdue. At a price of $3.99, it’s a little pricey for a fast food burger but it’s not unusual for Roy’s prices…they need a value menu by the way. The Tumbleweed comes highly recommended and deserves a restaurant-wide roll out.
Pros: Crunchy fried onions that deserve a place as side order. Tangy, sweet BBQ sauce. Fresh, soft and sturdy kaiser roll. Overall an exceptional western-style cheeseburger.
Cons: May be a tad pricey since it wasn't especially filling. Cheddar was way too mild and didn't add much to the experience.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00 (Exceptional)
More Info: RoyRogersRestaurants.com