Review: Mushroom & Swiss Big King from Burger King
Over the last 9 months, Burger King has made it clear that their Big King family of sandwiches is something we will continue to see grow. So far, the original Big King and the Chicken Big King left me underwhelmed. The latest version is the Mushroom & Swiss Big King and with the track record of fast food places rarely making a decent ‘shroom and Swiss burger, the odds of this coming out great were a long shot.
Burger King describes their new Mushroom & Swiss Big King like this:
Our new Mushroom & Swiss BIG KING Sandwich features two savory fire-grilled beef patties, topped with melted Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and featuring savory sautéed mushrooms, all on a warm, toasted, sesame seed bun.
I understand the safe route is just mimicking the standard sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and mayo combination, but in my opinion, outside of maybe Wendy’s, these ingredients usually end up being weak.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Big King, but after my experience with the Mushroom & Swiss version, I’d like to cleanse my pallet with the original. The familiarly pleasant smokiness of the fire-grilled beef patties is the only saving grace here. Actually, scratch that, there’s no poor-quality “fresh” produce to speak of in this burger so that’s also a plus. The burger wasn’t hot enough and that’s what I expect with my experiences with Burger King. I’d like to try this burger piping hot so that maybe my taste buds can be burned enough to not taste the odd funk of rubbery mushrooms. They are seriously off-putting and when combined with the barely-there/low-grade Swiss cheese, it’s really hard to mask the awful.
The M.O. of fast food places all across the United States is completely overdoing it when it comes to mayo and this experience was no different. Having to deal with the slime of the “sautéed” mushrooms (which really just means lots of brown gravy) mixed with globs of mayo is something that reminds me why I usually avoid this style of burger from fast food places. With a price of $4.19, I can’t recommend the Mushroom & Swiss Big King at all. Like with the previous Big King’s, the value gets a little better if you go with the 2 for $5 Mix and Match deal which also includes the Original Chicken Sandwich and Big Fish Sandwich.
If a fast food burger joint is trying to pull off sautéed mushrooms and Swiss, you might be better off seeking one of the more premium options and cross your fingers for better quality. I might sound a little harsh, but the Mushroom & Swiss Big King currently has my stomach hurting. P.S. This burger smells bad too.
Pros: The fire-grilled beef patties. There's no lettuce.
Cons: Funky and grossly (pun) overpriced if you don't take advantage of the 2 for $5 deal. Chewy mushrooms in brown gravy. That was Swiss?
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.00/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com
37 grams of fat
11 grams of saturated fat
760 milligrams of sodium
20 grams of protein