Review: Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger from Burger King
I loved Burger King as a kid. The Whoppers were big and juicy, the fries crisp, and the chocolate shake was out of this world. When I was in high school, I had proverbially graduated to the double and triple Whoppers and the king still sat high on his throne. After the 90′s, the king seemed to start neglecting his beefy empire, and ever since then his meat monarchy has been crumbling. The McDonald’s Big Mac is still just as great as I remember it, but the Burger King Whopper has changed. For years now, all I ever seem to receive is a cold unloved burger that is a mere illusion of its former self. While it can be easy for the king to forget about things like quality control, declining profits are hard to ignore. This has lead the king to try sucking the public back in with loads of new products. He changed the fries twice, tried out tacos, developed bigger and smaller burgers, and even gave the Whopper anger issues. After all that, now he is trying extra hard to get us in the door by offering a bevy of even more new burgers. Today I decided to try one of these new burgers; the Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger. Is it a step in the right direction, or is even attempting to put out the fire that has engulfed this sandwich kingdom a waste of water?Burger King describes the Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger like this:
A Mouthwatering USDA Inspected fire-grilled ground beef patty stuffed with hardwood smoked bacon and savory cheddar cheese, topped with fresh-cut lettuce, juicy tomatoes, ketchup, mayo and crispy onion rings all on a warm, artisan-style bun.
Before checking out this burger, I read The Impulsive Buy’s positive review and had fairly high hopes that this would be decent. It wasn’t. It was awful. I don’t think Marvo and I received quite the same thing. After placing my order, it was delivered to me in about thirty seconds. That’s a red flag for me because it clearly indicates my food was cooked before I ordered it. Seldom do I get fresh food that is pre-cooked, and sure enough this was pretty vintage. My bacon and cheddar stuffed patty was an overcooked, near-black hockey puck that seemed as if it was cooked hours ahead of time and left in the sun to dehydrate. I didn’t really taste any bacon, the cheese was present in name only and it was barely larger than a junior patty. Maybe before it was sent through the broiler one too many times, it might have had more mass to it, but that’s just a guess. I loved the roll when they used it on the Chef’s Choice, but I think mine was originally baked when the Chef’s Choice was still on the menu. I expected a soft, chewy artisan roll, but instead received a rock hard, stale, sadness bun.What happened, Burger King? The onion rings were flat out pathetic. Three tiny rings decorated my sandwich and weren’t there for much else. What is BK’s deal with the chopped lettuce? It isn’t shredded, and it isn’t the nice green leaf lettuce that also adorned the Chef’s Choice. It’s just slippery ornamentation that I think the king put there to punish me for eating at Five Guys. Ketchup and mayo are my go to burger condiments, and the tomato was surprisingly fresh, but neither is even remotely enough to make up for the travesty that is the Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burger. Out of all the burgers I have reviewed, this definitely ranks close to the worst. I can only recommend it to the higher-ups at BK, so that they can get an idea of what kind of garbage they are trying to sell us. Look, I wanted to like this burger, and I’m sure some of you might say that it was a mishap and I should give it another try. I say that I shouldn’t have to. Clearly this burger was screwed up, and that happens, but why didn’t it go into the trash? Why was it considered okay to serve? I can only write about what I eat, and this is what they gave me. This type of situation isn’t out of the ordinary either. Unless BK gets its act together, the kingdom is screwed. Instead of wacky new sandwiches and drinks, how about you make me a fresh to order, juicy Whopper on a fresh bun. You know, what made BK the king of burgers in the first place.
Pros: The tomatoes were great. Optimism. McDonald's, In-N-Out, Hardee's, Fat Burger and every other restaurant that still serves the same quality food I remember loving as a kid.
Cons: Burger King. Having your optimism shatter by being served a burnt, stale bunned, no cheese cheeseburger.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10
More Info: http://www.BK.com
Calories - 650
Total Fat - 39 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Carbs - 51 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 1420 milligrams
Sugar - 10 grams
Protein - 23 grams