Fast Food Review: The Cluck Double from Burger King

The Cluck Double does not exist.

At least not officially, and at least not outside of Burger King # 11011.

The evidence

But thanks to a dream concocted in my crazy brain, a firm desire to always play with my food, and the help of an awkward looking, pimply faced teenage cashier by the name of Rob, the Cluck Double became a reality as of 1:00 PM on June 16th. Having it my way is oh so sweet.

Have it your way? Don't mind if I do!

If you’ve ever read my reviews you know a couple of things about me. Aside from being a poor college student who lives off of value meals, I also have a very strong affinity for fried chicken products and a natural desire to try new things and push the boundaries of “normal” in my eating quests. Out of these factors, coupled with Burger King’s awesome policy of letting me have it my way, was born the conception of the single greatest $2.00 chicken sandwich ever; The Cluck Double.

That’s right. A slice of good ‘ol American cheese sandwiched between two Burger King Spicy Chik’n  Crisp filets. sans mayo, plenty of iceberg lettuce, a dollop of mustard and ketchup, all tucked inside a soft and chewy sesame seed bun. To be sure, it was perfect.

Pretty? Maybe not. Yummy? I think yessum

Like my Chick’n Crisp filet of a week ago, the two pieces of chicken I had on this sandwich were moist and tender, with a light breading that had just enough kick of heat to not overshadow the strong flavor of black pepper, garlic and onion. With the benefit of ketchup and mustard the sandwich got not only a boost of sweetness but also acidity and even a little tartness. The cheese came not fully melted — a serious bummer for me. But after a minute or two the cheese partially melted just a  to lend a bit of creaminess and mild coolness without making the chicken or the bun soggy. The lettuce had a nice cooling effect with a mild level of crunch for textural contrast, while the sesame seed bun was fresh and moist. I like how the chicken filets weren’t overly oily or too crispy, and felt that the normal deficiency of the Chick’n Crisp (that being the thinness of the filet) was compensated with the addition of the extra filet and placement of the cheese. Like all Burger King chicken I’ve had before, I didn’t find any off tastes or sliminess associated with the meat — just juicy white meat. The only real downside to this sandwich was the level of salt. It is extremely salty to be sure, although the flavor isn’t dominated by the singular taste of salt (it’s more of a overly salty paprika and chili pepper rub flavor). Still, after shoving this entire thing down my face I found myself with a splitting headache, and even manged to bump into several cars on the way out of the restaurant.

The two additions only cost a buck more than the Spicy Chick’n Crisp (20 cents for the cheese and 80 cents for the extra chicken filet), but I can’t guarantee your local BK will recreate my dream sandwich for you. When I first tried to order it the cashier (my man Rob) had to ask the shift manager, who seemed to think about it before shaking his head “no.” But a few minutes later, as I was about to order a Kid’s meal, the manager came over and told Rob that the Cluck Double could in fact become a reality. Perhaps because of the relatively quiet nature of this particular location during the time I visited, the BK team was able to assemble my Cluck Double to specifications, even managing to get my order complete with no mayo and the addition of ketchup and mustard. And they say fast food service is no good…

Quite simply, the Cluck Double overcomes the flaws of the Spicy Chick’n Crisp at only a minimal extra charge to the buyer. It has great flavor and exceptional texture, and although the nutrition sucks, it’s a a meal in and of itself. So the next time your at your local BK and have a hankering for something different, try out the Cluck Double. It may not actually exist, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have it your way.

The aftermath. Notice how she still has fries left...

Pros: elicious blend of peppery and spicy chicken filets and cool American cheese. Sweetness of ketchup and crisp lettuce works well to balance salt and spice of chicken and cheese. Creaminess of partially melted cheese without making bun or meat soggy. Soft, fresh bun makes you feel healthy. Amazing value at only 2 bucks.

Cons: Cheese could have been melted more. Chicken filets a bit small. A butt load of sodium. Quizzical looks from BK employees. Realization that this is not an actual menu item. Also the realization that my sister goes through about nine ketchup packets per small fry.

Taste: 9/00
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Price: $2.00

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00 (Exceptional)

More Info: BurgerKing.com
Nutrition Facts:
The Cluck Double
Calories: 520
Total Fat: 26 g
Sat Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 1500 mg
Total Carbs: 48 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 23 g

32 comments on “Fast Food Review: The Cluck Double from Burger King

  1. SkippyMom says:

    Very cool that they made that for you – even more awesome that you thought it up – love the name btw.

    And for $2? It’s a keeper.

  2. Adam says:

    @Skippy,

    I wish you could try it, but I know those sodium numbers have got to give you pause. But it’s worth a day of adjusting your diet to bland, tasteless food otherwise!

  3. Dave says:

    Now stick some bacon in there. Other types of cheese might work well too.

  4. The way that cheese melted makes it look so good. I wonder if the BK here would let me do it?

  5. Adam says:

    @Dave,
    Yea, that was my thought. I actually asked for Pepperjack, but my local BK did not have it. Personally, I don’t like the cheese and bacon combo (usually too salty) but next time I might try bacon instead of cheese.

  6. Robby says:

    Replace the ketchup and mustard with mayo and I’m all for this.

  7. Jackson says:

    Sweet sandwich and nice review Adam. One gripe though… no more pics of half-eaten food!!! Gross. Use a plastic knife or something next time buddy. Thanks! 😀

  8. Ryan says:

    Looks good. I’d probably go without the mustard/ketchup if I were to make my own version though. I say keep the mayo. And you’re brain isn’t too crazy Adam… you didn’t add any funnel cake sticks or anything like that.

  9. Mike N says:

    I think it’s cool that the BK menu/nutrition page will let you build any kind of monstosity you want and tell you what the nutrition is!
    I wonder if the manager’s hesitation was that they didn’t have a price for the extra patty? It looks like they just tacked it on as a “misc.” item on the register. Nice of them not to just charge you for a second sandwitch, though!

    • Alyssa says:

      i work in a burger king and for the most part we stick to the “have it your way”policy but if we dont have a way to ring it up on the register we cannot do it. We ususally do have a button that allows you to add more chicken or beef to your sandwiches. Also a little free advertising..Have you tried the new “Jalepeno Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse” Burger?? they are delicious if i dont say so myself!!

  10. Ashlee says:

    Cool name and good review! I have to admit,though, that a pic of food that has a bite out of it or is half-eaten is not very appealing. A clean cut line from a knife is much more appetizing.

  11. Zack says:

    I would recommend anyone who is trying to get this at their local BK be a bit more uppity about it than our humble author.

    Shift Manager? BAH! This is BK, the home of “Have it Your Way”

  12. Jim Jaffe says:

    Agreed!

  13. Lurch says:

    Sooooooooo mollnnnnnnnn it is.

  14. Adam says:

    I was unaware that the image of half-eaten food was so unappealing haha. Have I soiled your virgin fast food eyeballs?!? But really, a plastic knife would have only botched this nonsense. Better to see it in all its glory, lest you don’t know what your getting into!

    @Mike N, You nailed it with the pricing. The shift manager seemed at a loss. It’s nice to know that mayo, the bun, and lettuce are valued at all of twenty cents haha.

    • David says:

      I think people are getting this mixed up with some bourgeois restaurant review junk. The best thing about your reviews is the realism. You get to see how bad the real life presentation is on some of these things, and taking a human bite out of it just adds to the fact that this isn’t some snobby adveritsing scheme to garnish business toward BK.

      If people want to be fooled by the ads showing a tall-stacked perfect sandwich, that’s fine. I prefer to see how bad the Taco Bell triple steak mess looks, and how little meat they actually provide so I know to avoid it.

      Keep taking bites, keep showing smashed-ass sandwiches, and I’ll keep coming back.

  15. TheWarden says:

    I’m more worried about your sister’s ketchup consumption than your Cluck Doub’ling! Ah, just a joke.

    Looks good. Haven’t heard of this but heard plenty of combos from McDs. I may try it.

  16. Jerrot says:

    GG,

    That is so tight…that they did that for you.
    The snipers in las cruces wont do anything like that…

    I say push the boundries.
    Spicy chicken, 2 beef patties, 2 cheeses, no mayo, etc…
    If you can mix it up I would love that!!!!!

  17. Josh says:

    Awesome…if they told me no I would have just ordered another sandwich and did some creation on my own…I need to go to BK this weekend

  18. JD says:

    Dig the name for that one. I had BK last night for the first time in months, wanted to try ribs for the hell of it but they were sold out. They had just run out the night before and now can’t order any.

    I usually get a double cheeseburger (or buck double these days I guess) with no pickle, and a spicy chicken sandwich with no lettuce. Until I read this I hadn’t thought about combining them, but now I’m thinking I might.

    Bottom bun from the spicy chicken with the mayo on it, chicken patty, cheese and top patty from the buck double, top bun with the ketchup/mustard.

    Not sure what you’d call a chicken/beef combo in one sandwich though? Interspecies Erotica? :>

    And it still leaves a full bun and one more patty to make regular hamburger. I’m so going to have to go back today. and do this. Was thinking about trying another BK in town to see if they still had ribs anyways.

  19. Keith says:

    Another chicken sandwich review?

    Snore….

    • Adam says:

      @Keith

      I was not aware someone was putting a gun to your head and making you read the site. Tell me, do you leave comments like this on all the blogs you read?

  20. asdfggg says:

    I really really doubt that this tastes like a 9/10. It’s two chicken patties and cheese. One of those chicken patties is completely useless other than to add calories, cholesterol, fat, sodium, and protein. I’m pretty sure you only enjoyed it more because of your experience acquiring it.

  21. Samantha says:

    I love this site and there are a lot of great reviews. This review is no exception, but it would be an easier read if the sandwich was cut in half like some of the other reviews on the site. I tend to scroll past half eaten food pics…:)

  22. Jessica J says:

    I just don’t like cheese on my chicken sandwiches, unless it is grilled, and then I only like white cheese.

  23. Bensly says:

    I’m thinking that I will have to give this a go this weekend. It looks… interesting…

  24. Greg says:

    Why eat it?Why not just shove it straight into your arteries?

  25. Adam says:

    Have you ever met me Greg? I wasn’t aware you saw everything that I ate every day, or have seen my medical charts. Maybe if you knew about BALANCE you’d know that a fast food treat once a week isn’t bad at all. Go pick your fights with someone else.

  26. james says:

    well, adam, im sorry to let you know that your cluck double was made wayyy before you even thought of it. you see i’ve been working at bk for a year now. i was really hungry one day just before i went on break so i decided that instead of spending two dollars on two sandwiches, i would make two sandwiches into one for just one dollar. >:) thus, the alleged “cluck double”. i made it myself. two spicy chicken patties. TWO slices of cheese. mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and ketchup. it was DELICIOUS and i make it all the time now. its cool you kinda had the same idea but…i beat you to it :p

  27. David says:

    Had my first Cluck Double today. It was amazing.

    To think that something so simple could improve the flavor of a spicy chicken is baffling. I found that doubling the patty actually increases the flavor of the spicy chicken so it’s not muddled between the normal two pieces of bread. The second patty brings the flavor out…and the cheese just puts it right where it needs to be; chicken heaven.