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.

Burger King Onion RingsThe 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.  🙂

BK Rodeo Cheeseburger and Onion Rings

BK Onion Rings in action...doing what they were put here on Earth to do.

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.

BK Onion Rings

Pros: Works great in a Rodeo Cheeseburger.

Cons: Heavily breaded, processed and lacking that real onion taste.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 7.50/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

21 comments on “Fast Food Review: Onion Rings from Burger King

  1. I have tried to make the BK onion ring work for me but there is something in the breading that lets say…doesn’t agree with me.

  2. I love burgerking. I don’t know why…maybe cause they are HUGE and I’m a fattie but that combo of burger plus mayo=HEAVEN. Onion rings<fries

  3. Bill says:

    I too, like these rings. I realize they aren’t the best in the world, but since most of my FF joints don’t offer anything but fries, beggars can’t be choosers.

    In any case, they are preferable to BK fries!

  4. brad says:

    I’m a fan of Hardee’s beer battered onion rings

  5. Ok those onion rings may not be the best but the thought of onion rings sounds really good right now. Of course looking at all the food on here sounds and looks good to me for the moment. 😛

  6. rob says:

    They aren’t real rings but they are close enough that I like them over the fries. The dipping horseradish sauce is essential though.

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    BK’s onion rings are definitely not as good as “real” rings at some restaurants, but they’re a nice change of pace from the fries. Like rob said, the dipping sauce is a MUST. Ketchup just doesn’t work on BK’s rings.

  8. harleen says:

    I hate BK’s fries, so when I do eat there, I get the rings. I don’t eat there often, but when I do, at least I know there’s a side that’s somewhat decent.

  9. Aaaah, BK’s onion rings. Being from the UK, these used to be the *only* onion rings you could get there. I loved them with a passion that was unseemly.

    It was only when I moved to the States that I realised just how shortchanged I had been!

  10. SkippyMom says:

    I like tater tots. Why don’t FF places sell those?

    And I thank you for the review. I do like onion rings too, but have never tried BKs now I know I won’t. I need the onion on the inside, not paste. Ick.

    [and I don’t think you are being to hard on them]

  11. Jesse says:

    Honestly, I think their rings are pretty good. And at 70 less calories than the value fry, I’ll take them.

  12. Raiders757 says:

    @ SkippyMom: You can get tater tots at Sonic. Makes for a nice change of pace over fries.

  13. cress says:

    These are the worst “onion rings”(oh my god…sorry..that term still cracks me up when applying it to these O-rings) that are out there. Dry, hard, and harvested from the worlds’ tiniest onion fields. Ah, and some have mentioned tater tots. Tater tots….that boring fried potato memory from my crappy high school lunches. Now brought back to life by Sonic.

  14. steve m says:

    I dig their onion rings. I like finding the occasional onion ring among my order of fries. Makes me smile.

  15. jesi says:

    the zesty dipping sauce is way better than the rings themselves… its really excellent to dip a cheeseburger in. the onion rings are only good if they’re super hot and fresh with extra salt.
    you know who makes awesome onion rings? culvers.

  16. Mattitude says:

    Try em on the new Smoky Chedder Steakhouse XT Burger! Makes the burger with the BBG sauce,bacon strips,and smoky cheddar with the onion rings on it a 10!

  17. Shannon says:

    I agree with your review. These onion rings are highly processed. They do however have enough onion taste to remind me of an actual onion ring, and I believe they are healthier than their fries. I love the onion rings at Dairy Queen. They’re huge, fresh, and have rings of onion in them.

  18. Camille says:

    I’ve got to say I really like BK onion rings. For some
    reason getting a sliced onion deep fried and the fact that you
    sometimes have issues biting it and wind up pulling the whole onion
    out of the batter by accident sort of doesn’t do it for me, I’m not
    crazy about it. I love onion, and the fact that BK’s onion rings
    are easy to eat and are actually not bad, I rather like them,
    whether they’re the real whole onion or not.

  19. Sonics has the best onion rings on earth period!

  20. sam says:

    I don’t get any of the at all positive reviews,the burger king onion rings were one of the grossest things I had ever eaten,I threw them out and ate maybe 3 of them. When I asked the women about them she said they were new,I don’t know if she meant fresh or new kind of ring? either way,gnarley.

  21. […] to grab some Free Onion Rings.Awhile has passed since we reviewed BK’s Onion Rings (2009 review here), but Ryan found them to be mediocre on their own. Of course, we all know how they can be used to […]