Review: Four Cheese Whopper from Burger King
Any new variety of the Whopper sandwich from Burger King deserves a taste. The iconic Whopper has seen its fair share of makeovers throughout the years and the latest simply goes with more cheese to try to stand out. The new Four Cheese Whopper is now available for a limited time and it’s time to take a closer look to see if more cheese equals a better BK burger experience.
The Four Cheese Whopper is described by Burger King like this:
The Four Cheese Whopper features a 1/4 lb. of savory fire grilled beef, melted American cheese, a creamy three cheese blend, cheddar sauce, freshly cut lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and onion. All served on a warm toasted sesame seed bun.
At a price of $4.99 for the burger alone, the Four Cheese Whopper was 80-cents more than a standard Whopper without cheese. I have a hard time as it is paying around 5-bucks for a single item at a fast food place. Even harder when there are so many better choices on their value menu. Since all that extra cheese didn’t improve upon the original Whopper, I found the price to be an issue.
The Four Cheese Whopper has all the standard ingredients you get in a traditional Whopper. The never-hot-enough 1/4 lb. burger patty, gray and pathetic yes, but salty, smoky and flavorful enough to be one of the few highlights. Rings of raw onion have never been an issue for me at Burger King but the “juicy tomatoes” consistently look like they are leftover end pieces and the “freshly cut lettuce” … about the same. The sesame seed bun, passable.
On to the cheese… why not stop at two cheeses, or how about three? And was cheddar sauce really necessary? As it turns out, the cheddar sauce was weak and didn’t have much of an impact in taste or texture. I kind of feel as though forgettable cheddar sauce was a positive thing considering there was plenty of back-up cheesiness in play. Most of the impact from the cheese came from the “creamy” three cheese blend that was not at all creamy. When you think of a three cheese blend you might think of Taco Bell’s three cheese blend… and that’s pretty much what this was. The three cheese blend consists of a thick shredded trio of mozzarella, cheddar, and monterey jack cheeses. It’s layered onto the slice of American cheese to make an unsightly mess of cheese that is better left hidden beneath the sesame seed bun. There is enough cheesy flavor from the blend and it might appeal to those seeking out some extra sharp, salty impact on their Whopper… I just can’t see this having mass appeal.
For me, the higher price for some added cheese wasn’t worth the trouble. Halfway through my Four Cheese Whopper I was scraping all four cheeses off my burger. I should also point out in case you’re wondering… just the cheese alone on this Whopper totals 360 calories and 34 grams of fat.
There really isn’t anything wrong with scaling it back a tad Burger King. No need to keep adding cheese to something and expect to cover up your other flaws. What ends up happening is you look like you’re trying too hard in one area and you end up coming short in others again and again.
Pros: Uh... raw onion rings maybe? I should try harder here... the standard Whopper can be pretty good once in a blue moon. Cheddar sauce didn't have an impact and I consider that a positive.
Cons: Three cheese blend was overkill for me. Likely not going to appeal to a big segment of the population. Paying 80-cents to mess up a perfectly decent Whopper. Poor BK produce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com
Calories - 850
Total Fat - 57 grams
Saturated Fat - 21 grams
Carbs - 47 grams
Sodium - 1160 milligrams
Sugar - 9 grams
Protein - 32 grams