Review: Big Daddy Double from Checkers
I’m sometimes guilty of gravitating towards fast food just because of the name of the product. Yeah I’m a rube with my drive-thru tendencies and here’s some evidence for you. This burger is called the Big Daddy Double and I couldn’t care less what was in it when I placed my order, I just liked the name. Checkers usually fails to disappoint me with their burgers too so I guess I’ll say this lunch choice wasn’t the most difficult decision for me.I’m assuming that Checkers locations in Maryland are a test market of sorts because I normally see grub that isn’t advertised on the Checkers website. The Big Daddy Double is a burger that I haven’t been able to dig up any details for online, so I don’t have all the specifics on the exact ingredients. From what I could tell, the Big Daddy Double consisted of two seasoned burger patties with a mix of crispy onion tanglers, grilled onions, pickles, American cheese and a Thousand Island style sauce on toasted sourdough. I’m pretty certain on all the ingredients except for the sauce, but Russian dressing/Thousand Island/Mac Sauce/Fry Sauce… whatever you want to call it, it’s some sort of ketchupy mayo based sauce. Priced at $2.99, the Big Daddy Double is a really solid value. Combine that with the fact that there was a 2 for $5 promo going on, this burger is a borderline great value. Those two hearty seasoned beef patties sandwiching that slice of cheese did everything to remind me how of much I appreciate Checkers staying true to what good fast food stands for. The core ingredients of the Big Daddy Double are that salty mix of beef and cheese which just scream guilty pleasure. When it comes to the rest of the burger, I don’t think that all of the ingredients worked particularly well together and my bread wasn’t completely toasted, but it wasn’t enough to detract from enjoying the burger overall. Come to think of it, the half-toasted sourdough looks a lot worse than it really was. With burgers, I like the “less is more” approach and feel sometimes places try too hard to fit in more unnecessary ingredients. This could’ve been a masterpiece without the distraction of pickles. Continuing the discussion of distracting ingredients, I don’t understand the point of the including both crispy fried onions and grilled onions. I’m partial to crispy, but either or would’ve worked just fine here. Surprisingly, there wasn’t an overwhelming onion taste to the Big Daddy Double by having the mix of crispy and grilled. The extra onions provided more heft to the sandwich and a little bit of a disconcerting feeling of not digging the soft and crunchy textures. I’d rather have a lot of crunch if you’re including crispy onion tanglers and adding in the grilled onions cut down on that. Rounding out the ingredients, the dressing was tangy familiarity. A Russian dressing style sauce is usually an easy way to bring a burger together.It’s hard to not appreciate a filling fast food burger at the three dollar mark. A big reason why Checkers stays true to great fast food is its understanding that $3 and under is where it belongs. The Big Daddy Double doesn’t reach the high praise I’ve given previous Checkers creations, but it’s by no means a bad burger. This sandwich is just stuck somewhere in between average and pretty good.
Pros: Salty, seared and seasoned beef patties. Fair value. Crispy onion tanglers.
Cons: Unnecessary combination of grilled and crispy onions. Distracting pickles. Half-toasted sourdough.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://www.checkers.com