Fast Food Review: Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

Here at GrubGrade, we have done reviews of  grilled chicken sandwiches from three of some of the top fast food restaurants:  The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A, The Premium Grilled Chicken Club from McDonald’s and  The Ultimate Chicken Grill from Wendy’s.  I was trying to think of  any other popular fast food chains that carry a great grilled chicken sandwich and then I remembered Burger King.  We did a review on their Tendercrisp Bacon and Ranch Chicken Sandwich, so here is the healthier version:  The Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich.

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Let me start off by saying that they definitely got the name right on this sandwich.    The chicken in this sandwich is definitely “tender” and practically melts in your mouth,  no fat or gristle here.

This sandwich is a described by BK as:

A juicy, grilled chicken breast filet on a corn-dusted bun, topped with crisp lettuce and tomato.

Not quite an accurate description.  Don’t get me wrong, this is one of the better chicken sandwiches, flavor-wise, that I have had.  The bun is soft and fresh.  The chicken breast is a good size, moist and full of flavor.  The slice of tomato is your typical fast food tomato, although, not really as fresh as it could be.  The main problem that I have with this sandwich is that the lettuce is not crisp. For some reason, BK just can’t get their lettuce right.  Perhaps it’s the way that they cut it???  Just limp and flavorless.  They could really learn a lesson from Chick-fil-A.

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Another big issue, is that this sandwich is just plain messy to eat. Way too much mayonnaise.  I guess that’s why it is so slippery, the sandwich was just sliding apart as I was trying to eat it.  So as for grubbing on the go-that is a NO NO (unless of course, you want to wear some of your meal).

014With a price of $4.09 and putting the lettuce/tomato/messiness aside, this is a pretty decent sandwich.  The sandwich nutritionally comes out with 490 calories and 21 grams of fat so it has the “healthier” advantage over the Tendercrisp but doesn’t come close to Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken.  The flavor must come from the (over half a day’s worth) 1220 mg of sodium, so if you are watching your sodium intake, you might now want to grub on this sandwich.  If you have ever had the Tendercrisp Bacon and Ranch Chicken Sandwich, you might want to give this grilled counterpart a try.  Your taste buds might find it worthwhile.

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Pros: Decent sized sandwich. Tender and juicy chicken with a great flavor. Obviously healthier than the Tendercrisp. Comparable in price to the other grilled chicken sandwiches.

Cons: BK lettuce-wilted. Very messy sandwich. Highest in fat (21g) as compared to the Chick-fil-A (3g), Wendy's (7g) and McDonald's (17g) grilled chicken sandwiches.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Price: $4.09

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories – 490
Total Fat – 21 grams
Saturated Fat – 4 grams
Trans Fat – 0 gram
Cholesterol – 55 milligrams
Sodium – 1220 milligrams
Carbs – 51 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 26 grams

15 comments on “Fast Food Review: Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich from Burger King

  1. Nick says:

    I think it is somewhat unfair to compare the nutritional value or messiness of a BK Tendergrill to the Chick-fil-a Chargrilled Sandwich. First of all, I think it would be fair to say that this sandqhich is bigger. In addition, the messiness and extra calories/fat clearly comes from the added mayo, that Chick-fil-A does not include with theirs.

    Luckily, at BK you can get it your way! Without the mayo, the sandwich has 381 calores and 9 grams of fat and is, not to mention, significantly cleaner to eat.

  2. My mom always use to tell me the best things were the messiest. I know that that is not always true, I LOVE the Chick Chargrilled Sandwich but with all that mayo on the BK Tendergrill I don’t think that 490 is that bad. Plus @Nick is right just ask for it without mayo which is what I would do. 😀
    Nice review girl! 😀

  3. Bear Silber says:

    I’m a huge vegetable fan and if those aren’t top notch I’m not having it. I HATE when the sandqhich is placed under the heat lamp and the lettuce wilts and the tomato becomes warm….plus with the loads of mayo….and the over $4….not something I would get.

    @Erin Brooks – I love your mom’s philosphy. I’m going to start living that way…she must really like Pigpen from Peanuts….and Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s ads…..and mudslides 😛

  4. Jessica says:

    I forgot about this sandwich! I really hate Wendy’s grilled chicken, McDonald’s is not good either, I LOVE Chick-fil-a’s and this one would rate right up there, except for one thing – I agree with out the veggies! This is my major problem with Burger King – I always have soggy, limp (and sometimes rotten) lettuce, and the tomatoes, more often than not, have a strange flavor or are completely bad.
    You need to review KFC’s grilled chicken, because it is SO GOOD!

  5. rob says:

    That’s why McD tried the hot side stays hot, cold side stays cold concept … if the lettuce is on the sangwich in the heat no way it stays crisp.

  6. I wonder what the serving size (grams) are compared to Wendy’s, Chick. It looks a little small. Either way, expensive, mayo filled and sub par produce, no thanks!

  7. Bear Silber says:

    @Rob – Haha, the McDLT!! Did you see this?
    https://www.grubgrade.com/2009/07/18/jealous-new-yorkers

  8. Yum Yucky says:

    This one is do-able, decent calorie count. But messy sandwiches are BK’s signature mark. No need to be surprised.

  9. Adam Bomb says:

    I was wondering how much of the fat would be cut out by deleting the 18 gallons of mayo, thanks for doing the work Nick 🙂 I’ve had the Tendergrill before, and I had them hold the mayo. It was pretty decent that way.

    I agree with Bear about BK’s veggies. They’re always warm, floppy, and nasty!

  10. cress says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the messiness of this sandwich. It is a tasty grilled chicken, but wear a bib when eating it. BK has the worst lettuce(soggy, warm and with a Hulk mutant-green hue to it).

  11. The 'King' says:

    The Tendergrill seems healthy, but it has partially hydrogenated oils in the chicken. Wish Chick-Fil-A was more widespread. See the ingredient list for the patty, and stay away:

    TENDERGRILL® CHICKEN FILET (grilled): Chicken Breast with Rib Meat, Water, Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Salt, Sugar, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Spices, Natural Flavors, Onion Powder, Modified Corn Starch, Chicken Fat, Chicken Powder, Chicken Broth, Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate, Citric Acid, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Dehydrated Garlic, and Artificial Flavors.), Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Salt, Sodium Phosphates. GLAZED WITH: Water, Seasoning [Maltodextrin, Salt, Sugar, Methylcellulose, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Partially Hydrogenated Sunflower Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Fructose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dehydrated Garlic, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors, Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate, Chicken Fat, Carmel Color, Grill Flavor (from Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil), Chicken Powder, Chicken Broth, Turmeric, Smoke Flavor, Annatto Extract, and Artificial Flavors], Soybean Oil.

  12. Raiders757 says:

    Count me in on the bandwagon of those who hate BK’s lettuce. They are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to veggies and bacon.

    One problem with BK, is if you get cheese on anything, they microwave it. It is always best to tell them not to nuke your food. In many cases, that’s why their lettuce gets so limp and warm. They rarely wait and put the veggies on after the nuking process.

    I’ll akso have ot add, that if the mayo is not included, this sandwich would probably be not so messy or nearly as bad for you. If one can’t live without some sort of dressing or condiment, why not use a vinaigrette dressing instead of mayo? It can be so much better for you, as well as better tasting in the long run.

  13. Kake_dude says:

    I use to work for Wnedy’s in high school and thought EVERYBODY keept thier veggies refrigerated.
    I am a food facility inspector now and recently found out that BK keeps thier veggies in a warm holding unit so “the burgers are warmer when sold”. Me personally would be happy if my sandwich was a couple degrees cooler if it meant I could have crisp lettuce.

  14. Ashley B says:

    I just had the BK Tendergrill and I too opted for no mayo. It was a decent sandwich with a good taste. It did have a “fake” taste, I thought. The veggies,tomato and lettuce, were soggy but I still ate what I could of them. The bread was soft and fresh except for one spot that was stale, I just tore it off of my sandwich. I like the Tendergrill for the most part because if I am going to eat at BK, this sandwich doesn’t make me feel stuffed like the other burgers. Ex. the whopper is good with no mayo, but it makes me feel really full and bloated for some reason. This “lighter” sandwich doesn’t have the same effect on me, so I am happy about that. Overall I would give the BK Tendergrill sandwich a 7 out of 10.