Review: Bacon & Cheddar BK Toppers Burger from Burger King

After the Chef’s Choice Burger from Burger King, I felt pretty certain I was done with fast food monarchs for a while. Then BK decided to give away free fries. I had already tried the new fries and wasn’t a fan, but I’m not one to ever turn down free food. Who is? Since fries alone do not make a meal, I figured I’d grab a burger too. After reading positve reviews about the TOPPERS (I guess BK is shouting at us), I settled on the Deluxe version.

While the new fries and the Chef’s Choice were about as enjoyable as cutting your hair with gasoline and a match, the Deluxe burger was pretty good. The meat was the best I have had from BK, and other than a lack of tomato, the toppings were all the standards that make me a happy camper. For the price, it was a good deal as well. Fast forward a couple weeks, and sure enough BK releases a new burger; The Bacon & Cheddar BK TOPPERS Burger. After being impressed by the Deluxe, I was exited to try this new one.

The $1.99 Bacon & Cheddar BK Toppers Burger is described like this:

3.2 ounces of fire-grilled beef, topped with melted cheddar cheese, thick-cut hardwood smoked bacon, mayonnaise, ketchup, and crispy pickles all on a warm, toasted bun.

I open the wrapper and… hmm… uhh… where’s the beef? A lot of the time when taking food photos, I will move a piece of bacon or onion jutting out of the side of a sandwich back inside to make for a better picture. There was no hope with this though. I tried every angle and all I got were pictures of a cheese sandwich. After opening the burger I saw the problem; it was perfectly portioned. The pickles and bacon don’t really add any mass either. I also thought they maybe gave me a regular tiny hamburger patty, but after cuting it in half, sure enough, it was a TOPPERS patty.

It seemed like the minimalist toppings and well placed patty were an attempt to fool me. Well played Burger King. Was it any good? Actually, yes it was. I never understood why BK made the Whopper and regular patties so thin. Because of having so much surface area and so little interior mass and the fact that they are cooked in frickin’ fire, they always tasted way too smokey to me. Double or triple the burger and it is an onslaught of burnt smoke flavor. With the new thicker patties, I don’t feel as overwhelmed by the char. The meat in the Chef’s Choice was ground so fine they may as well have stuffed it in a casing and called it a hot dog. The TOPPERS have a medium grind and are thicker than the old patties that works well with their caveman-ish cooking method. BK should stick to this format for future burgers. The cheddar was pretty mild. I like a super sharp cheddar on my burger and would have prefered that. Not bad, and not great.

Burger King must have changed their bacon because this wasn’t the awful ultra-thin limp bacon strips that I am used to. This was thick, crispy and delicious bacon. One slice cut in half might not seem like much, but it gets the job done. The pickles were super sour, and the acidity did a great job of cutting through all the fat and adding balance. Ketchup and mayo are my bag, so in my opinion, you can’t go wrong there. I do think this really needed onion and tomato, but other than that this was a solid sandwich. With the TOPPERS line up, there is now a burger for everyone. With four different burgers, I don’t want to hear any complaining from anyone about how mayo sucks, or BBQ sauce is for ribs. There are more than enough options to make all of us happy. Wishful thinking?

Pros: Good value at $1.99. Hot dogs. Trickery played on others. New stuff is easier to review than scouring the back logs looking for something Adam and Ryan haven't touched yet. Pickles. Wishful thinking.

Cons: I think my shift key is broken from typing "TOPPERS" so much. The same old boring bun. Trickery played on me.

Taste: 7.25/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $1.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Bacon & Cheddar BK Toppers Burger
Calories - 500
Fat - 30 grams
Saturated Fat - 11 grams
Cholesterol - 65 milligrams
Sodium - 1040 milligrams
Carbs - 32 grams
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 18 grams

18 comments on “Review: Bacon & Cheddar BK Toppers Burger from Burger King

  1. SkippyMom says:

    Good review Chef, but unfortunately the pics didn’t load and I can’t quite get a sense of size. I will try again later, but I can say I have been avoiding BK because everyone disses the fries.

  2. Charlotte says:

    What exactly does “flame-broiled” even mean in the Burger King sense? At the Burger King by me, I don’t see a grill back there or even much of a flat top, just some microwaves and a prep line. So is the “flame-broiling” happening at the factory? Maybe it’s a dumb question, its just the smokey Burger King flavor is a mystery to me!

    • Alec says:

      The “flame broiling” part actually happens in a conveyor-type broiler, same method they use at Carl’s Jr.

      Basically a rack-style conveyor belt over flames, kind of like a Quiznos toaster oven or a Costco pizza oven.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      They have broilers that look like a chain pizza oven. Like what quiznos has, but with fire.

      • Charlotte says:

        Haha oh no, not the Quizno’s oven! It sexually harasses people!

        • Billy says:

          YESSSSS I LOVE THE QUIZNO’S OVEN

          But yes, Burger King’s have grills. It’s very obvious if you’ve ever been outside of one when they fire ’em up. What a smell.

          P.S. love the fact that the author complained about the fire-grilled taste of a fire-grilled burger. I mean, four stars, really.

  3. Raiders757 says:

    “thick, crispy and delicious bacon”

    Did I read that right? If, so, I might have to give this a try. If there is one thing BK have always done wrong, it was that fake tube extruded bacon flavored funk they tried to pass off as real bacon.

    I’ve been kind of pulling for this burger on the sidelines, because I really wish BK would come out with something that I can get fast food cravings for. BK is rather convenient from my home, but I always pass them by time and time again.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I reccomend the deluxe over this. If your tastes are like mine I think you will enjoy either though. But yeah, finaly something from bk that doesn’t suck. This is exactly what a $2 burger should be.

  4. Manavee says:

    This review was spot on. This certainly wasn’t the best burger I’ve ever had. Not even close. But for $1.99, this was pretty darn good. The bacon really did stand out for once.

  5. Scrape says:

    Must be the quality of your local BK. I had one of these last week, and it was quite good. It actually looked like the picture (yours looked like they smushed it on the line) and could see meat on the bun from the outside. In fact, it pretty much looked just like the one on the photo ads. The bacon was thick and crispy, and the cheese was perfect.

    I’m thinking the meat patties are a new direction, and welcomed. They do not seem to have the overy-smokey flavor of the Whopper or their little burgers, with their fake painted on grill marks and liquid smoke. It was quite tasty, hopefully they will keep them on the menu. The other TOPPERS are just okay.

  6. somesteve says:

    looks good. its bk, not a gourmet restaurant.

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  8. Ty says:

    I really like the toppers, i hate all the main menu items at burger king. the whopper is ok sometimes, and that chef choice burger was pretty gross, when i go i always get a double cheese burger or a topper, i never order a combo

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