Review: BK Toppers from Burger King

I’m all for new menu items when they are relatively inexpensive and come in a variety… major bonus points from me.  Burger King recently released a new line of burgers called BK Toppers.  They fall somewhere in between a value menu burger and a premium big burger.  The more expensive fast food burgers are becoming tiresome for me.  A value buy is what I’m after when I pull up to the drive-thru speaker box and I’m on limited time.  That’s what fast food grub is all about.

Has Burger King taken a step forward in the fast food burger wars?  $1.99 is the price tag for the 3.2-ounce patty in your choice of Western BBQ, Deluxe and Mushroom & Swiss.  It’s time to put the King to the test.  Let’s review. The Western BBQ BK Topper as far as I’m concerned is identical to my beloved Rodeo Cheeseburger.  The Rodeo Cheeseburger and the Western BBQ BK Topper can both be described as a 3.2 oz burger patty, American cheese, three onion rings and barbecue sauce served on a sesame-seed bun. Burger King uses Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Sauce on this burger and I’m a fan.  I keep a bottle of the stuff in my fridge for the occasional chicken nugget dip.  The American cheese melts onto the crunchy rings and burger patty with perfection, getting everything glued into one nice hand-held package of deliciousness.  My favorite of the BK Toppers.

Western BBQ BK Topper

The Deluxe BK Topper is a 3.2 oz burger patty with American cheese, raw onions, pickles, lettuce and Stacker sauce (think Big Mac Sauce or Russian dressing) on a sesame-seed bun.  This is a good burger that I wouldn’t be against getting again at $1.99.  I liked the thick rings of raw onion and the pickles were a welcomed touch.  I’m normally not fond of pickles in my burger but these were mild and fresh tasting.  Just take a look at the pictures below… check out that thick crinkle-cut pickle and raw onion.  The Stacker sauce is a great tangy complement to the package.  I wouldn’t mind some Stacker sauce as a fry dip… those in Utah know all about fry sauce right? Ketchup/mayo/relish-y pale pink mixture.  Thankfully there were no tomatoes on the Deluxe BK Topper.  I’m convinced all lettuce and tomato items from Burger King come from a sad, gray depressed garden where the sun doesn’t shine.  The Deluxe is my second favorite of the three BK Toppers.

Deluxe BK Topper

The Mushroom & Swiss BK Topper is a 3.2 oz burger patty with Swiss cheese, mushrooms and Griller sauce on a sesame-seed bun.  My personal preference has always been I’m good without mushrooms and Swiss cheese on my burger.  It seems to be the requisite go-to combination that every burger menu goes with at one point or another.  As a personal preference, I can’t really be fair with the Mushroom & Swiss because I’m just not crazy about this style of burger.  I know a lot of people that love ‘shrooms and Swiss on their burgers and I will recommend it to them strictly based on that and the fact that it’s only $1.99.  For my tastes, I wouldn’t have purchased it if not for this review.  Yes I ate it… well, I hate half.  The cheese and Griller sauce combined into this funky mess of what I’d describe as a “Fungus cheese sauce”… this burger just reeked of sauteed mushrooms.  I can’t even describe the Griller sauce on its own because of the dominance of mushrooms. No thank you.  In its place, I would’ve been happy with BK doing a bacon version of BK Topper… but then we’re in BK Stacker territory.  The Mushroom & Swiss was my least favorite of the three.

Mushroom & Swiss BK Topper

I like how Burger King avoided three big premium-sized versions of these burgers and went with a $1.99 price point.  I’m a little tired of burgers at fast-food joints that try too hard to be more than fast food.  If I wanted to pay $4+ for a burger alone, I’d hit up a fast-casual spot like Five Guys.  Making the bigger burger offerings into combo meals usually puts the price in the area of $7.00+.  Fast food should be relatively inexpensive, quick and easy.  Do the little things better, pump out a tasty product that won’t hurt the wallet so much and you’ve got yourself a winner.  The BK Topper fits the mold of a good fast food burger.

Pros: Three burger choices at a decent price. The Western BBQ is as awesome as the Rodeo Cheeseburger was.

Cons: I didn't care for the Mushroom & Swiss. I disrespect BK lettuce. The Western BBQ is a more expensive version of the Rodeo Cheeseburger and it's identical.

Taste: Western BBQ 9.20, Deluxe 7.50, Mushroom & Swiss 6.00
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: 1.99 each

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Not available because as of writing this, the BK Toppers aren't even on Burger King's website. Mark of a poorly run company if you ask me.

47 comments on “Review: BK Toppers from Burger King

  1. Justin ST says:

    I can respect this review. Fairly accurate.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I saw these randomly at BK the other day, which was weird because I didn’t see them advertised anywhere, and they werent on the website at the time.. but as soon as I saw the Western BBQ one, I was like “holy crap a rodeo burger” and bought a couple. Also, nice to know they used the sweet and spicy version of SBR. I know that’s the brand they used, but didn’t know the flavor itself.

  3. Nick says:

    What burger patties are they using? If they’re the Jr. Whopper sized ones, those aren’t a good deal at all.

    Around here, you can still get a Buck Double, order a value onion ring with barbecue and make a bigger version (plus leftover rings) for $2.

  4. Kevin says:

    Did Burger King actually make something good?

  5. went to BK earlier after seeing the initial BK Toppers posting on this site. The local BK wont be getting them until tomorrow. I was thinking about getting a deluxe. Tho i think maybe a double cheeseburger from mcds + bigmac sauce and maybe an extra mayo packet might be the better deal.

    hmmmm

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    • Ryan says:

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  7. john says:

    I really like the Rodeo Cheeseburger as well – used to be on the dollar menu. Now it’s normally 1.29-1.49 around here – why would I pay 1.99 or it, just because it’s now a “Topper”?

    • Jeff D. says:

      My thoughts exactly John. The only thing I can see causing this higher price would be if the beef patty is bigger then the current Rodeo cheeseburger patty.

    • Matt says:

      It’s larger…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, dunno about you, but I haven’t seen a Rodeo Burger at BK since Small Soldiers came out in theaters. I assume that’s the case for a majority of the US. And while i’m in the habit of putting onion rings on a double cheeseburger or whatever, it just tastes different when BK cooks it up properly. Also.. you get more patty size with a “Topper”.

  8. squidycent says:

    yea it’s gotta be bigger, no?

  9. […] and Western BBQ BK Toppers is that they both have ingredients similar to past Burger King burgers. As Grub Grade points out in their review, the Western BBQ BK Topper is basically a Burger King Rodeo Cheeseburger. As for the Deluxe BK […]

  10. Rodzilla says:

    @Rusty…nice. Small Soldiers is the first thing I think of anytime I hear Rodeo Cheeseburger.

  11. Superfly69 says:

    I just had the Mushroom Swiss Topper and the Deluxe Topper and I loved both. The Deluxe Topper has a better beefier taste the Big Mac for $1.50 less! I am a huge fan of Hardee’s Mushroom Swiss and this is quite similar. I can’t believe BK finally got something right.

  12. starvinmarvin says:

    Rusty, in my area at least you could still order a rodeo burger for about 1.50 even if it wasnt on the menu. Kinda stinks they’re charging $2 for a rodeo burger now, unless its a significantly meatier version.

  13. Chris says:

    Tried one today and the patty was a single smaller one found in the Buck Double. Probably just laziness on the part of the local BK here but it certainly left a lot to be desired.

    Meanwhile, Wendy’s Double Stack is now using bigger patties with the same pickles as the new burgers. It was also “hot and juicy (greasy)” just like their burgers of old. Very good burger for $1.79

  14. Tyler M says:

    I had 2 of the Western BBQ tonight, the patties are definitely thicker and had a great grilled, meaty taste to them. Loved the BBQ sauce as well. I will be getting these again.

  15. Thrash says:

    My local McD’s is a test site for a new Big Mac (Mighty Mac) where they use two quarter pounder patties… everyone is going big.

  16. Daniel Fletcher says:

    How about a single stacker + lettuce/pickle/onion for $1?

  17. Charlotte says:

    Ever since so many people professed their love for the Rodeo on this blog I’ve started going for a single Stacker and a value onion ring with a side of BBQ. Three onion rings just doesn’t seem like enough and the stacker sauce/BBQ combo is pretty darn good in my opinion (no place ever puts on enough sauce for me). Also, bacon. The Topper looks pretty good, sometimes the Stackers are depressing in their lack of once green and growing things. The mushroom one looks like somebody threw up on it.

  18. Chefprotoss says:

    In Japan they have the mega mac, which is four of the smaller patties. You can get it at any US location but they look at you like your an idiot when you ask for extra meat.

  19. SPM says:

    I went to BK today and they were advertising this as a meal. $5.39 for one of these, small drink and a small fries. What I dont get is that I was under the impression the small drink and small fries are about a buck each. So how do they figure they can sell that as a meal for $5.39? My math gives me about $3.99 for this sandwich as a meal.

  20. Crystal says:

    I just purchased a western burger and was absolutely disgusted once I unwrapped the wrapper to look at a small a** burger about the size of my palm. The onion rings were so small that they could fit on my fingers like a real ring. The sandwich was dry. I couldn’t believe I wasted my money on a combo. I didn’t even eat it because I was pissed! I’m heading to Hardee’s to buy the steak house thick burger. To heck with the king!

  21. Bob says:

    And the best part is, you can through the patty away, and it tastes exactly the same.

  22. sammy says:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but just the taste of these BK Toppers tells me that BK is using a different grade/cut/supplier of meats for these new burgers.

    Obviously these are different buns as well. They are as perfect as they could be, in my opinion.

    But, for me, the meat is the difference, and they are excellent.

    I’ve had 2 out of the 3 offered, as well as one with just cheese, mayo and ketchup … all are by far better than any other BK burgers.

  23. Allison says:

    This “I’m convinced all lettuce and tomato items from Burger King come from a sad, gray depressed garden where the sun doesn’t shine.” is hilarious and beyond accurate.

  24. Richard Hogenson says:

    To bad they don’t have a double or triple varietes of these burgers. A single one will not fill me up.

    • George says:

      I’m a big guy and one of these and a small fries filled me up. In any case, the Burger King down the street made a double for me today when I tried the Deluxe one.

  25. Griffin says:

    Had the delux and western. Both tasty and the meat was in fact more flavorful and beefy. I liked the delux better at the the time because they burnt my Rodeo.patty. 🙁

  26. mike says:

    Just bring back the Buck Double and Whopper Jr. for a buck and I will be happy once again. Until then Burger King is out of my price range.

  27. Megan says:

    I have only tried the Western BBQ but it was amazing. Definitely worth $2.

  28. Guy F Norman says:

    I’ve tried all three and I’m in agreement with the reviewer here on that NASTY, DISGUSTING swiss cheese & mushroom version. And, truth be told, I love a good mushroom & swiss burger; however, this one is disgusting, revolting, and downright messy.

    I’m not sure what BK was thinking with that weird cream of mushroom soup on that burger which is so salty and disgusting, one cannot eat the whole thing unscathed by mess and the urge to vomit. If it was just the cheese and sauteed mushrooms or, hell, even plain mushrooms from a can, I’d be okay with it. That hideous super salty, drippy, revolting sauce ruins it.

    The other two versions are good, though. I like the Deluxe and the Western versions. They’re both tasty. The Deluxe doesn’t have the same flavor as a Big Mac but is at least a dollar cheaper and not so bready. The Western one’s sauce is good and the onion ring is tasty.

  29. Roger says:

    Tried the Western BBQ at lunch. Fine overall. The meat was on the softer side and the whole experience reminded me of a meatloaf sandwich. Not bad but different. The other first impression was tiny, wow, tiny. Looked like a solo Buck double patty. On the way back pulled by Wendy’s figuring would need more to eat but saw the $3.29 for a new single and kept going (coupons at home). Didn’t buy any other food and noticed that actually felt satisfied by the BK lunch afterall.

  30. jared says:

    I had the mushroom and swiss, i did notice the sauce looks a little wierd but I think it tasted good… Ignore the look of the sauce and the flavor was great.. i will be getting another one.

  31. Kevin says:

    OK, so I tried this tonight, thinking it was gonna be some grand food experience. I also had the onion ring, bbq sauce one. Like many have said before, this bbq topper burger thing is the rodeo cheeseburger with a slightly larger (emphasis on slightly) meat patty. The meat also had a more charred/grilled taste to it as opposed to the fast-food tasting old rodeo patties. Those were the only differences. Personally, I like the older taste better. When I pulled it out of the bag, the thing was so small I thought they had messed up my order. So be warned, these burgers are not the great value you’re thinking they are. One pro was that the burger had way more BBQ sauce on it than the rodeo cheeseburger, which was welcomed and very nice. But really, it was definitely not worth two dollars and I wont be getting any of them again. Of course, BK is a franchise corporation, and other stores might be different, so it might be worth trying on the off-chance you get a good store that makes it better. I, however, was not impressed. Mostly because I paid two dollars for it. I’ve been coming across this problem with BK a lot, where the food I pay for is good, but it’s too high priced for what they’re selling. Same goes for arby’s. Love the Beef and Cheddar, but not for $3.50-$4.00. When you can go over to McDs and get the McDouble for a buck and it’s good (which is consistently made the same by every store, and it really is a great deal for what you get) BK seems to really come in a far second. I love BKs taste, but not for the money they charge. Although, I gotta say, they’re onion rings are soooooooo good. I wanna have that zesty sauce at my wedding.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I loathe bk but if the masses are complaing about a sandwich costing a whole two dollars, I am clearly out of touch with the masses. A snickers bar is like 1.29 now.

  32. Russ says:

    I tried the Western BBQ and the Mushroom Swiss last night. The Western BBQ didn’t have a lot of BBQ sauce and only two little onion rings, but I’m a fan of the previous Rodeo Burger, so it was just OK for me. I really enjoyed the Mushroom Swiss Burger with the griller sauce. I actually liked it better than the Angus Mushroom Swiss at McDonalds that uses mayo as the sauce, and also better than Hardees Mushroom Swiss. Later today I am going to BK to try the Deluxe, but so far the Mushroom Swiss is my favorite.

  33. Evan says:

    I ordered the southwest topper the other day and was given the mushroom and swiss by mistake, that sauce is so frigging salty and gross I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone ever, at all.

  34. Smokey McScott says:

    Well, I somewhat disagree with this review. I got the western and thought it was pretty bad. The sauce was way too sugary and barely noticeable. I ate it at home. and am poor so I have limited condiments so I was stuck. There weren’t enough onion rings and the burger tasted like some meatloaf. The texture was pretty off and it had less of the grill flavor other burgers had. Just to be safe I ordered a regular double cheese for 1.30 and it was better. Next time I’ll try the topper and add some jalapenos and extra pickles.

  35. Mike S says:

    I rank them: Deluxe, Western, Shroom. I love shroom burgers but most fast food joints can’t do them properly. If you recall BK had the Steakhouse Mushroom and Swiss with A-1 and french onions (not the current version of the steakhouse mind you but the rectangular-thin patty one that had a nice char on it, but instead BK went with those nasty XL thick burgers.) Anyway, the patty on these “Toppers” is much larger than a regular burger or a Whopper Junior. Two of these will fill up most regularly sized folks. The Deluxe is basically the custom burger I order at McDonalds: Quarterpounder with Big Mac toppings.

  36. bg stine says:

    This is why I hate advertising. The BK radio commercial describes in detail the Western, Deluxe and Mushroom but they only call it the “Topper” burger in the last line. I figured this was one of those little burgers. Good luck in trying to find the word “topper” on the BK website. Seems so deceptive.

  37. […] family of $1.99 burgers which includes the Mushroom & Swiss, the Deluxe and the Western BBQ (we reviewed all 3 back in October).3.2 ounces of fire-grilled beef, topped with melted cheddar cheese, thick-cut hardwood smoked […]

  38. Sky says:

    The BK mushroom burger is the worst kind I’ve ever tasted. It was a soggy, horrible mess that tasted nothing like mushroom or swiss. I had no idea what the “sauce” was (until reading it here) and thought they just screwed up the sandwich. It tasted like a spicy, pepperjack and salt sandwich with mushrooms from campbell soup. Total yuck. Avoid.