Fast Food Review: Onion Rings from Burger King
I’ve made it clear before that I love me some onion rings. I prefer rings over fries, but in the quick serve universe, good onion rings are hard to come by. Fatburger has some great rings, but living on the East Coast you don’t come across a Fatburger too often. Burger King seems to be on almost every street corner and I’ve indulged once or twice (or thrice) in my day on their offering. While far from great, BK Onion Rings do have one important redeeming quality. Overall, this one quality fails to make BK earn a better than average grade.
The Onion Rings at Burger King are described like this:
Served hot and crispy, Onion Rings are the perfect round, tasty treat for plunging into zesty dipping sauce. Or maybe you prefer barbeque sauce? Or honey mustard? Just HAVE IT YOUR WAY®.
I think the true test of a good onion ring is it’s ability to stand alone, without assistance from sauce. Not that a dipping sauce shouldn’t enter the picture, it’s just that an onion ring should be judged by how it tastes solo. If you’re looking for dippers, you’ve got choices. The Zesty Onion Ring Sauce is a ketchup/mayo/horseradish-ey tasting dip plus you always have the choice of getting some nuggets sauces (BBQ/Honey Mustard etc). Unfortunately, BK Onion Rings are dominated by thick breading and oddball sizes that leave you wondering what you’re actually eating. The onion taste is there, but it’s an unnatural taste. It’s as if you took just about anything deep fried and added onion flavoring to it. You don’t bite into a BK Onion Ring and get the real onion. You are getting an onion paste variant which is basically diced onions mixed into a batter and shaped into a ring. It’s something that you’d find in your grocery store freezer really. We are talking fast food here so it’s not like I’m expecting a whole lot, but there is a redeeming quality that I mentioned before. My absolute favorite menu item at Burger King is the Rodeo Cheeseburger. Basically a plain cheeseburger topped with BBQ sauce and BK Onion Rings. It’s a great combination and a really good, cheap fast food burger. The Onion Rings just work with that burger. They aren’t that good “standing alone”, but they are a great complement. Ordering a side of rings with a Rodeo Cheeseburger is sometimes the move I make…adding a couple more rings into the burger doesn’t hurt. 🙂
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on these rings. I mean, people must love them because they are popular enough to be made into a snack food item. Like I said before, these Onion Rings are awesome with the Rodeo Cheeseburger, but really have a tough time standing alone. Not enough dipping sauces in the world can change what it is. Mediocre.
Pros: Works great in a Rodeo Cheeseburger.
Cons: Heavily breaded, processed and lacking that real onion taste.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $1.00 for a Value Menu Size (Value Size is pictured with the Rodeo Cheeseburger top left collage, other pics are from Medium Size)
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Calories - 150
Fat - 8 grams
Saturated Fat - 1.5 grams
Cholesterol - 0 milligrams
Sodium - 230 milligrams
Carbs - 17 grams
Sugars - 2 grams
Protein - 2 grams