Review: Big King from Burger King
We can probably all agree on the McDonald’s Big Mac as an iconic fast food burger. So I guess it’s good for business for a copycat version to make its way to a rival competitor. The Big King from Burger King makes no attempt to hide the fact that it’s a direct rip-off, and for a consumer looking for a similar taste, I guess it’s a win. Well the Big King’s on again/off again relationship with the Burger King menu looks to have come to an indefinite end as it now holds residence as a permanent addition. Look out McDonald’s! Nah, just kidding.
Burger King describes their Big King burger like this:
Our new BIG KING™ Sandwich features two savory fire-grilled beef patties, topped with, melted American cheese, fresh cut iceberg lettuce, crisp onions, crunchy pickles, and featuring a sweet thousand island style dressing, all on a warm, toasted, sesame seed bun.
This is one of those products that really stood out to me as laughable when compared to the promo picture. I mean, just look at that overly thick middle bun. Is that typical? Whatever the case, the club part of my Big King looked like a heaping slice of Texas toast. I guess since Burger King makes no attempt to disguise the fact they sometimes lack originality, it isn’t surprising that there are times when the food just appears to lack effort. When I say “there are times”, my personal experiences in sad looking Burger King food have been the majority. The “fresh” cut iceberg lettuce has the appearance and texture that it was just pulled out of the garbage. I’m all for crisp rings of onion in my burger and the Big King would seem to have an advantage here over the Big Mac’s minced onions. What I got from my Big King was another check mark in poor produce quality. The Big King indeed had a couple of rings of onion, but these should’ve not reached my burger. The onions were dull and rubbery… kind of like the lettuce. I find McDonald’s minced onions to be superior to BK onions in both flavor impact and texture.
Oh wait, the pickles had a some impact, but it would take a great feat to zap the sour punch out of pickles. The flame-broiled, ahem I mean “fire-grilled”, beef patties aren’t anything special as these are the same patties you’ll find in the basic BK hamburger. When you take a look at the nutrition info and see that there’s only 18 grams of protein in the Big King, you’ll understand it isn’t living up to its name. I do enjoy the smoky beef patties from BK, but why is it that they always seem lukewarm to me? This observation isn’t limited to one specific Burger King either. The Thousand Island dressing was applied generously and with all the bread, it was needed. The Thousand Island dressing gives the burger its signature tangy sweetness, much like Big Mac sauce. My slice of American cheese had the appearance that there’s a lack of warmth going on. The un-melted texture of the cheese proved my concern to be true. Lukewarm beef patties won’t help melt your American cheese… #foodscience
What I’m going to end up taking away from my experience with the Big King is that there’s a ton of bread. At $3.69, the Big King is only worth buying if you’re really craving a Big Mac-esque burger when a McDonald’s isn’t an option. I’m not the biggest fan of the Big Mac, it’s OK, nothing too special for me, but it’s a lot better than the Big King. McDonald’s isn’t going to mess with the contents of the Big Mac, so if you’re Burger King and want to rip it off, why didn’t they put some true effort into it? Missed opportunity, mediocre burger.
Pros: Plenty of Thousand Island dressing. Smoky flavor of the BK fire-grilled beef patties.
Cons: $3.69 is too pricey for a burger dominated by bread. Quality of produce. Lukewarm Burger King grub.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/lunch-and-dinner-menu-202/fire-grilled-burgers-and-sandwiches-220/big-kingtm-m2715/index.html
29 grams of fat
10 grams of saturated fat
38 grams of carbs
780 milligrams of sodium
8 grams of sugar
18 grams of protein