Review: Bacon Gouda Biscuit from Burger King
Your eyes open lazily, obnoxious alarm jangling on your phone, jarringly bright light filtering in through your window, and your dog’s moist breath on your face because she needs to go outside and you are still sleeping. The phone says it is seven AM on Saturday morning and you are already late for work because you have slept through the first three alarms. Is there anything more foul? There is, in fact: having to go through all this unpleasantness without breakfast. Luckily, there is a Burger King on the way to the office and I stopped in for a bit of nosh. I chose the Bacon Gouda Biscuit.Burger King describes their Bacon Gouda Biscuit like this:
Thick cut naturally smoked bacon, fluffy eggs, creamy Gouda cheese, and tasty herb spread are layered carefully between one of our warm buttermilk biscuits. You can also have your choice of savory sizzling sausage, sweet ham, and no egg combinations.
While the biscuit was not lacking in flavor I feel the description is somewhat misleading. Through my own observations and past host/server training at Applebee’s I have found that the food service industry is absurdly fond of their buzz words.Words like “old-fashioned” and “homestyle” get thrown about with little concern for supporting their claims, so long as they make the product more appealing. In the case of the Bacon Gouda Biscuit, I am referring to the flagship ingredient here and really the only thing that makes this breakfast sandwich unique. The “creamy” Gouda cheese was misnamed, as it was the same consistency as any other you will find in a fast food breakfast. Not quite plasticky, but nowhere near creamy as the ad wants you to believe. The cheese also tasted somewhat bland, and did little to set this invention apart from the rest of the menu.While I was unimpressed with the cheese by itself, I hesitate to condemn this sandwich as a failure. It has all the other staples of a good early morning entrée. The thick cut, naturally smoked bacon was aptly named and mouth-watering; another buzz word I am loathe to waste on fast food bacon. It applies though. This was the best bacon I have ever tasted out of a paper bag. The biscuit was lovely as well. It was crispy and buttery on the outside, but soft and doughy inside with a dense and heavy taste not unwelcome in a biscuit. The consistency was that of a Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. biscuit, for those of you wanting a comparison. To my taste the eggs were fairly undercooked and still too moist. They weren’t quite fluffy as the advertisement claims. My choice of adjective would be soggy. Last, and certainly least we have the so called tasty herb spread. Perhaps my sandwich was lacking that ingredient. I failed to notice anything of the sort and was surprised to see a spread listed as one of the ingredients when preparing to write this review. If it was there, I missed it. I had absolutely no impression of an herb spread whatsoever. In summary, I would not purchase this particular sandwich again. The cheese was a disappointment, the egg portion was still wet and mushy plus there was a phantom ingredient. The description online makes it sound much tastier than the reality, but all hope is not lost. The biscuit and bacon were fantastic and I am willing to call the egg failure a fluke, as I have never before experienced soggy eggs at Burger King. Kudos for the attempt, though.
Pros: Delicious, crisp bacon and heavy, buttery biscuit.
Cons: Undercooked eggs, tasteless herb spread, bland gouda cheese.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: http://www.BK.com
Saturated Fat 19g