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.

Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp BK 1Burger 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.

Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp 2There’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.   BK Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp 2The 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.Bacon Cheddar TendercrispWith 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.  Burger King Bacon Cheddar TendercrispAt 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.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $5.59

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10

More Info: bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
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

10 comments on “Review: Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp Sandwich from Burger King

  1. MP says:

    A positive Burger King review – looks like Hell froze over!
    $5.59 plus 40 cents in sales tax would put this at $5.99 for me. That’s just too much to spend at Burger King. I like Wendy’s chicken better anyway.

  2. Tony says:

    The brioche bun looks pretty decent. I wouldn’t miss their bland sesame seed buns if they disappeared. That “ripe” tomato looks like it was picked way too early and gassed for a minute or 2.

  3. BigBelly says:

    thanks for the review, I was concerned with excessive cheese sauce too, but now I’ll be trying it soon I don’t think cheddar would work for the slices… if it can’t melt American, it’ll never melt cheddar.

  4. David says:

    Burger King has just been awful lately. They haven’t introduced anything interesting in years it seems. They just recycle the same old low quality crap. It’s no surprise Burger King and Mcdonalds are losing business to fast casual and frankly just fast food places like Carls jr and Jack in the Box who just offer better quality fast food.

  5. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Nope, definitely a skip it for me, especially at that price.

  6. Brian says:

    It looks appetizing, nice lettuce and tomato. 1 slice of cheese would probably be enough and cheddar might be better taste wise. That price seems on the high side though…higher price should mean better quality :D? I think i’ll gamble and try it out this week. My go to drive-thru is usually Wendys so I have been avoiding BK for a long time. Funny enough the Wendys I go to has a BK directly adjacent to it, the drive-thru lanes are within 20 feet.

  7. Frank says:

    I just had my first and last one a half hour ago. I saw ‘Bacon Cheddar Tendercrisp’ on the drive thru menu and thought what the hell, try it. I thought it was a new burger that was bigger and better than the whopper, with bacon, cheddar cheese and a better bun. Ate it in the car on the way home. Couldn’t tell what it was, chicken or fish, all I could tell is that it wasn’t a burger. The ‘sauce’ was horrible. Thought it was some kind of yellowish mayonaisse. It was a big sloppy mess. It had bacon on it but I couldn’t taste any of it. And I paid $5.89 for a lousy sandwiche. With all that sloppy sauce/mayonaisse they should have at least toasted the bun. Wouldn’t have made it taste any better but at least it wouldn’t have been a big sloppy mess with the lettuce and tomato sliding out of it. Beats the hell out of me what bk was thinking when they came up with this.

    • Sascha says:

      Lol. Well, the Tendercrisp has been Burger King’s breaded chicken sandwich for like a decade now, so that should have been clue number one. It is also one of the things on the menu that tends to still be pretty good, so maybe you got a bad one. Or you got a good one, just wasn’t what you expected. However, shouldn’t the promo pictures have given you an idea that this was not a burger? Unless you thought it was a battered and deep fried burger.

  8. Mattiator says:

    I’m kind of surprised BK hasn’t tried a battered, deep-fried burger given how many “look at how crazy this is!” LTOs they’ve done. I’d eat it, if I could find a Burger King where I am.

  9. rob says:

    The BEST sandwich Burger King has ever offered…Hands down the fast food winner of the Summer.

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