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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 1250
Fat - 82 grams
Saturated Fat - 31 grams
Carbs - 69 grams
Sodium - 2270 milligrams
Cholesterol - 230 milligrams
Sugars - 14 grams
Protein - 60 grams