Review: New Bacon Sliders from White Castle
Ever since meeting Mr. Baconpants on my trip to the Denny’s headquarters last month, I have become more “bacon-aware”. So when I heard a radio ad on the way home from work for the new Bacon Ranch and Bacon Cheddar Sliders at White Castle, my ears perked up and took in the details. Actually, there wasn’t anything too complicated about it, as is usually the case with White Castle’s new items. The A-1 Sliders I recently reviewed were simply a regular burger slider with A-1 steak sauce on them; and these were also just as their titles suggested; sliders with Bacon and Ranch dressing or sliders with Bacon and Cheddar.
I went through the drive-thru this time, skipping the White Castle experience that I’ve mused about before. This time I was actually just interested to try the burgers. By the time I got home with my sack of 4 sliders (2 Bacon Ranch 99¢ ea, 2 Bacon Cheddar $1.19 ea) and my go-to side, their famous Onion Chips, the grease from the deep-fried delights had soaked through the bag… a telltale sign of a good fast food meal.
The Onion Chips ($1.99 for a medium) did not disappoint with their sweet inside and hot crispy coating. I tried the Bacon Ranch Slider first, as I was thinking that this may not be a taste I want to finish my meal with, but to my surprise, the ranch did not overpower and actually paired well with the classic slider taste. What was more surprising was the quality of the bacon crumbles. There were plenty of them and they were perfectly done. Not too crispy, not too raw; just a little chewy.
As for the new Bacon Cheddar Slider, I’ve had their normal Bacon Cheeseburgers before, but this was different. I can’t confirm, but this bacon seemed to be a higher quality than their normal offering. Maybe it was just that the crumbles actually added up to more substance than the bacon they usually put on their burgers. Well, enough analyzing. The bacon just made the slider taste more like a burger. Not to say that the classic slider taste was gone, but it was definitely enhanced by the addition of bacon crumbles. Even after this success, I still had my doubts about White Castle’s ability to provide a good solid cheddar cheese, but I was again put in my place. Again, I have not done the requisite research to say for sure that this is high quality cheese, but it sure tasted like it.
These were the first sliders I had tasted that I would actually consider getting on a regular basis and not as just some novelty item or once in a while treat like I normally view my trips to White Castle. These burgers offer a taste a bit more centric than the classic Slider, but still with that onion bed influence. I didn’t see the ad for the “Loaded Fries” until after I had ordered, so I didn’t get a chance to try them. We’d love to hear from you if you have.
Pros: Surprisingly higher quality taste than the White Castle norm. May push the Slider into your normal fast food rotation.
Cons: Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, and Ranch Dressing can't add up to anything good in the health column. Probably why they are tardy with updating their Nutrition Guide.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: 0.99 Bacon Ranch / $1.19 Bacon Cheddar
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: WhiteCastle.com
I could not locate the nutrition info for these specific Sliders on their website. It appeared that the last update to this info was in January.