Review: Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich from Burger King
I enjoy chicken sandwiches enough to say they probably get picked 3 to 1 over burgers. To be more accurate, I go to Chick-fil-A way too often. I’m OK when chicken sandwiches are simple, no frills. The latest from Burger King is the Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich and I had a feeling going in that the toppings would be its worst enemy. Let’s review.
Burger King describes their new Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich like this:
The Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich is made with white meat chicken, generously breaded with homemade seasoning and carefully layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and creamy cheddar sauce on a brioche-style bun.
The description fails to mention there’s American cheese in the sandwich too. Thanks to the promo pic, I know this will likely be an extra cheesy chicken sandwich.
There’s a layer of cheddar sauce on the top and bottom bun. I was expecting an extra thick, creamy mess of cheese sauce and thankfully that wasn’t the case. I’d say there’s just enough cheddar sauce to give the sandwich some contrasting texture against the brioche-style bun. It was on the mild side of cheddar flavor and that was a plus. I’m guessing if there was too strong of a presence from the cheddar sauce, it would’ve made for a funky flavor experience. The inclusion of two slices of American cheese on top of the Tendercrisp chicken fillet felt unnecessary to me. You’ve got cheddar in your name so why not go with a slice of cheddar instead? The American cheese slices had a tough time melting and they just reminded me of that Yumbo debacle. The Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich had three pieces of thin bacon. My history with BK bacon so far has been made up of inconsistent cooking times/temperatures. On this sandwich the bacon was cooked as well as I can expect. A little crisp on the ends and not completely limp in the middle, the texture was great for BK standards. The taste of the bacon, however, was one-dimensional. I want some salt, some smoke, and some sweet with my bacon and this bunch is heavy on just the salt.With all the talk of cheese and bacon behind me, let me of course mention the main player here… the Tendercrisp chicken fillet. It’s a good-sized piece of white meat chicken with a nice, crisp crust. There was one extra chewy, tough crust-end to the hunk of chicken so for the most part it wasn’t a standout problem. It’s still more on the lightly breaded side rather than a chunky glut of crust that has you forgetting the chicken. The BK chicken was tender and moist… a huge step up from their cheaper chicken options. The sandwich is rounded out by a couple of slices of tomato and crunchy lettuce. No complaints with either and I call that a victory. I really enjoyed the brioche-style bun and I hope BK considers using it in more sandwiches. It comes off as a higher quality bun and makes you forget you’re eating a Burger King sandwich for a second. If you can distance yourself from your all too familiar and disappointing past, keep doing it. At a price of $5.59, the Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich is very expensive fast food. Yes this is a “premium” product and it’s quite filling, but take it easy BK, that pricetag is reserved for Wendy’s. Price aside, the sandwich was pretty decent and felt like a step in the right direction.
Pros: Big, filling sandwich with a hearty piece of chicken. Brioche-style bun almost makes you forget you're eating a Burger King item.
Cons: Expensive at $5.59 for the sandwich alone and $7.69 for the combo meal. Two slices of American cheese didn't seem to fit.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 740
Total Fat - 47 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Cholesterol - 105 milligrams
Sodium - 1770 milligrams
Carbs - 49 grams
Sugar - 7 grams
Protein - 33 grams