Review: BK Bacon Burger from Burger King

Sometimes fast food and advertising make me laugh.  The new BK Bacon Burger from Burger King is a prime example of an advertisement picture not quite living up to its claim.  I mean, bacon and raw rings of white onion can be seen in the ad picture, but the reality is a sad sight.  If this thing wasn’t just $1.00, I guess I’d care a little more.  This is one value menu burger that is worth skipping.

The BK Bacon Burger is described by Burger King like this:

Our BK® Bacon Burger features a savory flame-broiled beef patty, topped with naturally smoked thick-cut bacon, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, and sliced white onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The BK Bacon Burger is basically just a regular hamburger.   It’s not quite the mustard/pickle soaked mess of the standard BK hamburger, but it’s still a simple cheeseless value menu burger.  Why even put the word bacon in the name?  What I found in my BK Bacon Burger was two barely quarter-sized pieces of bacon.  Check out the pictures to see what Burger King considers “topped with naturally smoked thick-cut bacon”.  Oh yeah, thick cut?  It’s not that either.  The bacon was laying in a small bed of ketchup and the ketchup taste won.   I think in the few chews it took to finish this burger, my teeth found the bacon maybe twice.  If the BK Bacon Burger was priced at any amount under 2-bucks and actually had a semi-respectable amount of bacon, it would be a pretty solid product.

The fact that a BK Double Cheeseburger with double meat and cheese patties is only 49-cents more than the BK Bacon Burger has me thinking of the goofy McDonald’s value menu burger prices.  This burger has no cheese.  It’s just a burger with ketchup/mayo and a pathetic attempt at onions and bacon.

I feel like a curmudgeon arguing with pennies, I’m really not that guy.  These are my impressions that are worth noting because I feel like I owe it to the consumer willing to drop the king’s ransom of one U.S. dollar.  If you pick up this burger, I’m sure you’ll have similar gripes.

When all you’re dropping is a buck, it’s hard to be too critical with the final score (It will still be tough to get past the picture in the ad).  I’ll just consider this like I would grade a simple plain value menu hamburger. That being the case, the BK Bacon Burger is average at best.  If you’re looking for a bacon fix, look somewhere else.

Pros: No dominating sour pickle and mustard flavors I've come to find familiar with Burger King. Just $1.00.

Cons: Barely-there bacon. Raw white onion rings made me laugh too.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 320
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 40 milligrams
Sodium - 500 milligrams
Carbs - 31 grams
Sugar - 7 grams
Protein - 14 grams