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.Bacon Gouda Biscuit Burger KingBurger 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.Bacon Gouda Biscuit BKWhile 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.Burger King Bacon Gouda Breakfast 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.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $2.89

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: http://www.BK.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 520
Protein 22g
Carbohydrates 32g
Sugar 4g
Fat 33g
Saturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 195mg
Sodium 1460mg

16 comments on “Review: Bacon Gouda Biscuit from Burger King

  1. Ryan says:

    Bummer… two original ingredients for a fast food menu item, Gouda cheese and herb spread, and they’re described as bland and tasteless. At least the bacon and biscuit had redeeming qualities. Also, keeping a fast food breakfast sandwich under 3 bucks is always the smart move.

  2. TJ says:

    I gotta say, this looks pretty good as a decent hangover sandwich. I get that Burger King would botch the unique ingredients, but I’d guess the eggs are usually better. Great review in any case :)

  3. Manavee says:

    I think they probably prepared your sandwich incorrectly (what a surprise at Burger King) because I found the herb spread to be overpowering and unmistakable. You could also definitely see it on the sandwich. I don’t see it at all on your pictures.

    I don’t think pushing out a ton of LTOs like Burger King has is an inherently bad idea. However, if you lack the personnel to execute these new items, it certainly becomes a bad idea quickly.

    • Gilly says:

      I totally agree. Burger King needs to get their basics down before they even think about pushing all these new “gourmet” items, and especially before they start messing with the King of All Cheeses.

  4. CJ says:

    Sounds like they gave you the regular bacon biscuit with no herb spread and American cheese.

    They did the same thing to me when I ordered the bacon Gouda biscuit.

  5. NayNay20 says:

    Word. Hardee’s biscuits are awesome. Can’t believe these get close, but close works.

  6. melissa says:

    I got the english muffin version because I guess it’s default to have it on that and I forgot to mention I wanted the biscuit. The whole thing was cold and the cheese tasted like American singles, not the Kraft singles but that other kind without the wrapper. Not impressed. I did like the amount of herb spread though.

  7. Cope says:

    I found the actual biscuit to have a taste of cinnamon which clashed with the savory nature of the sandwich. Egg on my sandwich was actually quite good but the Gouda cheese was indeed tasteless. I agree that the Carls’ Jr/Hardee’s breakfast sandwich has it all over the BK entry.

  8. Jade says:

    I wish I could get McD’s items with BK bacon. McD’s bacon makes me sad but BK’s is awesome.

  9. Randy says:

    Sodium 1460mg

    You won’t have many more breakfasts to worry about after a few of those.

  10. John says:

    Guys they are using Gouda as a selling point… Any self respecting individual who knows basic cheeses knows Gouda is mild yet has a distinct… *stinkyness* to it….. If they say Gouda you expect this even if their other elements are solid… Otherwise… their fluffy eggs and cooked bacon mean nothing when they serve you their same bacon egg and cheese for 49 cents more because they want people to THINK its gouda… the condiments… herb mayo… come on.

  11. MiMi says:

    I tried the muffin version and it wasn’t too bad, but our BK is lazy and wont toast the muffin unless you ask and I don’t know about anyone else but untoasted English muffins taste really gross. I agree the cheese is misleading it may be Gouda but its not normal Gouda its a processed Gouda flavored cheese slice.

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