Review: French Fry Burger from Burger King
Adding four french fries into an existing product and calling it the French Fry Burger is the latest innovation from Burger King. Yup, it’s lazy and laughable, but it’s also just one dollar. I’m a fan of some value menu burgers on the BK menu that have been around for years and it’s an easy buy to add one more to the mix with the French Fry Burger.
The amazing Rodeo Cheeseburger is still kicking around for $1.59 and I consider it with high regards amongst fast food value menu burgers. The Rodeo Cheeseburger is a simple idea that stands out by taking a regular cheeseburger adding BK Onion Rings and BBQ sauce to give it an entirely new flavor. The French Fry Burger takes the concept of some potential side-item-impact to hopfully transform a standard hamburger into something a bit more.
The French Fry Burger from Burger King is simply a standard small hamburger with lettuce, ketchup, mayo and French fries. I’m sure plenty of you have at one time or another stacked up potato chips into your turkey sandwich or pretzels and honey into your peanut butter sandwich (maybe that second one is just me, but you should try it). The French Fry Burger never comes across as inventive because there’s just not much to it except four French fries. The genesis of the French Fry Burger was the perfect opportunity to make this burger something special, but BK stopped at just four fries. Why not something a little bit different so that we’re not left feeling like this is such a lackluster effort? You know, like how about a new sauce… a fry sauce perhaps? I don’t want to get too much into the economics of the industry, but I don’t think it would a stretch to come out with a new featured sauce for this burger or maybe take one of the other current sauce options and have that involved. We’re perfectly capable of getting a nugget sauce to add to the burger ourselves, but the French Fry Burger as-is should have been so much more.
So how effective are the four fries? Well, on the positive side they were noticeable and added a little starchy saltiness to the flavor and an added thickness to the texture of the sandwich. Stopping at four fries seemed like a couple of fries short to make a more substantial impact, but the four still managed to not get completely lost. There isn’t too much else involved here so it was easy for some fries to stand out amongst iceberg lettuce pieces and some ketchup and mayo. The signature BK fire-grilled beef patty was devoid of the yellow mustard and overly off-putting and sour pickles from the regular hamburger and this helped the fries stand out a little better.
I find Burger King fries to be sort of average fast food fries and I feel the same way with their regular small hamburger. Putting the two together just gets you more of the same… average. The French Fry Burger doesn’t stand out as much as some other value menu burgers, but it had a chance to with a slight tweak or two. The biggest disappointment with the French Fry Burger is the thought of what it could have been. Hopefully we’ll get some more inspired variety with this burger if there are new styles down the pipeline. This first incarnation is a buy for a buck, but don’t expect to be anything but forgettable
Pros: It's $1.00. The frour fries don't go unnoticed.
Cons: Poor lettuce quality. Would have liked to have a new sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
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