Review: Rodeo King from Burger King

Leading up into trying the new Rodeo King from Burger King, my thoughts were all over the place.  On one hand I thought about how I have this long history of adoration for the Rodeo Cheeseburger.  On the other hand I thought about how this new Rodeo King is a whole lot bigger… a staggering 1250 calorie beast… and adds a couple of components not found on my beloved Rodeo Cheeseburger.  Let’s review.Burger King describes their new Rodeo King like this:

The RODEO® KING™ Sandwich features two savory flame-grilled beef patties totaling more than ½ lb.* of beef, topped with 3 half-strips of thick-cut smoked bacon, our signature crispy onion rings, tangy BBQ sauce, American cheese and creamy mayonnaise all on our sesame seed bun.

Other than the bigger beef patty, plus an extra one thrown in the mix, and the addition of bacon and mayo, the Rodeo King is very familiar territory. The two flame-grilled beef patties have a combined weight of half a pound in beef.  Add in the strips of better-than-fast food-average thick-cut smoked bacon and it’s clear that there is more than enough meat in the Rodeo King.  Needless to say, this is one salty burger… 2270 milligrams of sodium.  It’s weird to say this but I could’ve used some more bread.
There were six small onion rings in my Rodeo King.  They all held their form well and retained a fair amount of their crisp texture.  The onion rings do a good job at adding another flavor element to the burger that is so meat-dominant.  It is more salt, but the onion flavor adds some much needed balance.  I’m a big fan of the BBQ sauce used on the Rodeo products.  It’s a little sweet and tangy with a hint of spice and no smoke.  There are two slices of American cheese because one slice would likely be so lost in the Rodeo King.  Basically if you look at the components of the Rodeo Cheeseburger, double up most of it and add bacon and mayo and you’ve got the Rodeo King. Twice the amount of cheese, twice the amount of onion rings, twice the amount of beef patties (and bigger patties at that).  In my review of the Rodeo Cheeseburger from six years ago I said, ” If mayonnaise ever got close to my Rodeo Cheeseburger, I’d spike it into the nearest trashcan.”  Now that I’ve actually had mayo on the Rodeo King, I’ll take that statement back.  It wasn’t horrible.  It didn’t add anything either.  As for the sesame seed bun, like I mentioned before, there’s so much meat that I wanted more bun.Yeah this burger is huge and very filling, but at a price of $6.89 for the burger alone (over $9 for the small combo), I’d put the value at poor.  Thanks to the value menu options, the Rodeo King is exposed as very overpriced.  Rodeo Cheeseburgers and Bacon Cheeseburgers come in at well under two bucks a piece and quadrupling a value menu burger order is still cheaper than one Rodeo King.In closing, the new Rodeo King is a tasty burger, but also an expensive and unnecessary addition to the BK menu.  If you’re uninformed, take note that you can pretty much get more bang for your buck by customizing some value menu burgers.

Pros: Very filling. BBQ sauce. Good bacon.

Cons: Nutrition facts. Value.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 3.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $6.89

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info: bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 1250
Fat - 82 grams
Saturated Fat - 31 grams
Carbs - 69 grams
Sodium - 2270 milligrams
Cholesterol - 230 milligrams
Sugars - 14 grams
Protein - 60 grams

22 comments on “Review: Rodeo King from Burger King

  1. Dingo Dave the disco slave says:

    I definitely don’t need that salt bomb, but the combination is too
    tempting to just walk away from! damn you fast food goodness!

  2. alan rodriguez says:

    alot of salt for the calories but the pattie should be thick and flavoir.. size mattters.. maybe in a week il get it…. screw mayonaise and ketchup though standalone…. plp should make their own.. suggestion bro.. im a chef and know wat works so u can try and i dare say mayo again buy soy mayo galric mix…. thats kickass and its really good as mayo can go wih anything..u can do dijon garlci soy too.. the soy sauce adds majic to any dish.. or worchester mayo… really adds a kick.. anyone else tihnking of this u cna thank me later..

  3. fred says:

    My same gripe with the Bacon King. Good sandwich for a fast food place, but there’s simply no way I can justify a cost of like $6.50 just for the sandwich. Especially when you could get more than 40 Chicken Nuggets at the same restaurant for that price.

  4. bobo says:

    Is it me, or is BK just getting more and more expensive?

  5. Richard Ginn says:

    6.89!?!?! And this is just a fast food joint????

    • Sascha says:

      It’s a half pound cheeseburger with bacon. A baconator at Wendy’s is $6.49, the regular BK bacon King is $5.99. Pretty normal price range. I mean, go to McDonald’s, the double quarter there is $5.29. Add bacon (probably a Buck) and onion rings (I know they don’t actually have them, but if they did, you’d probably have to add another 50 cents) and you’re at the same price.

    • alan rodriguez says:

      a real place can get u half pund but u get one siz.e. not 2 patties and less salt.. plp here complain about the salt and calories and they get notihng.. of course u pay more but u get a real burger.. its about the patties.. bk isnt it though.. seriously

  6. Chris says:

    That’s Whattaburger money. Whatta joke!

  7. Sascha says:

    I’m gonna counter argue your value argument a bit, Ryan. First off though, yes, 4 rodeos are a very good value. But, we’re talking bacon here. A rodeo cheeseburger in my neck of the woods costs $1.69. Add bacon, add at least 50 cents, and the best you can do is get 3 for the price of the $6.49 (again, here) rodeo King. I’m pretty sure 4 rodeos don’t have as much beef as one King, I’m absolutely certain three don’t. Still pricey for a fast food Burger, but maybe better as a value than you first thought.

    • Taylor says:

      To add to your argument, the beef patties in the King have 39g protein compared to 14g in a double cheeseburger from the value menu. So indeed does have nearly TRIPLE the meat of a DOUBLE cheeseburger, plus the added bacon and onion rings, and a larger bun (230 cal vs 120 cal).

      • Will B. says:

        Agreed, I’m not sure why people are up in arms about the price. Where is this mythical restaurant that sells a half-pound burger with cheese, a good amount of bacon, and effectively a small side of onion rings for less than $7 these days? I don’t think people comprehend quite how large this sandwich is due to how crappy size-wise Burger King’s burgers have been in recent years; it’s 1000 calories (minus the mayo, which will never touch a BBQ burger I eat) for a reason. Add even a value sized fry and a soda to the meal and you’re looking at 3/4 of what is recommended for a average daily diet in a single meal. For all Burger King’s problems, and they have a lot of them still, I don’t think the size to price ratio of the King line of sandwiches is one of them. If you like the toppings on one of them, you’re probably going to end up full for what you paid, and it won’t be from the bread.

        • alan rodriguez says:

          meh il pay 6 dollars for a pund then if ur gonna have a lb of meat make a large patie and have one slive and some bacon.. dine.. dont need to pay 8.99 for a kids meal.. but dont u dare ad mayo or ktochuo.. u can go home and add your own sauce.. but u know wats good? worcester mayo or soy garlic dijon.. seriously.. plp here r more sour then the driest pattie..dont get y plp need all those exta calories if ur not getting a real size pattie.. idiots

  8. Jesse says:

    Do they still sell the $1 rodeo burger?

  9. Jonathan Wayne says:

    There are so many great options for high end burgers in this price range, I have no idea why anyone would spend this kind of money at Burger King or anywhere like that?

    • Chris says:

      I would like to see a comparison of the best high-end burgers out there, along with the best, cheapest meal option. I appreciate the range of opinions expressed!

      • alan rodriguez says:

        dude its so simple to get a junior and give it to your dogs.. a burger should be the right size and with.. rspect the patttie or dont eat it.. that simple.. its not an opinion.. its called fact of lie.. a pattie can make or break a burger. u want that wide and thick patie to sink in and melt your hart man.. not a tiny and large umami crap burger.. i hate how plp need to tihnk they can style a pattie when they r not appreciating what the burger should be…. size over fancynness.. this chat is over..

  10. bob says:

    I got this the other day with a Medium fry and Drink for lunch Cost 10 and change.. Was rather good least to me. Wasnt hungry again till about 6 in the evening and even then I didn’t eat much.. Felt like a pretty good deal to me as opposed to Red Robin where the burger alone can cost as much as 10$ with no drink or tax.

  11. Brooke says:

    Biggest thing I’ve ever eaten in my life and I only ate a little more than half. So expensive though, $10 for a small combo.

  12. Chris says:

    I had one yesterday. The onion rings gave it a manufactured flavor, like that nacho cheese which tastes like liquid detergent? I couldn’t finish it, and even spat some out. Rodian dung, maybe. Nice try, King. Ill stick with three plain hamburgers, add lettuce and mayo, when I go back.

    • alan rodriguez says:

      u just suck and thats the reason y il choose an actual burger with dignity then a kids meal.. u will never appreciate a big sized texas one lb for 8 dollars with flavors… cant belive plp eat at bk when they r paying for a small kidddie burger.. and i dont care for firs or soggy onion rings.. stupid jcakass

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