Review: Angriest Whopper from Burger King
I went into reviewing the new Angriest Whopper from Burger King with a couple of things in mind. My first thought was, “Only Burger King can pull off a colored bun” and I guess that’s not a stretch considering last year’s A.1. Halloween Whopper. My second thought was, “If a black bun makes green, what will a red bun make?”. It’s hard to not have a sense of humor about the novelty Burger King is bringing to the American fast food market.Burger King’s new Angriest Whopper consists of a flame-grilled beef patty, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, angry onion petals, jalapenos, mayonnaise and spicy angry sauce between a red bun that has hot sauce baked in. If it isn’t that great, it will at least be interesting.The flame-grilled beef patty of standard Whopper-sized sandwiches is hefty enough to be a passable “big” fast food burger. I found the thick-cut bacon to be underwhelming and limp, but it seemed like a fluke because BK’s bacon is oddly inconsistent in its texture. I really think I just got a bad helping of the bacon. American cheese was an odd choice considering that there are spicy cheeses out there that would seem like obvious candidates to make the cut. There were enough spicy ingredients in the Angriest Whopper to make me think it wasn’t the worst thing in the world to go with American cheese over something like pepper jack.The Angriest Whopper gets its name from all the spicy ingredients, but what makes me most angry is Burger King’s lettuce (who didn’t see that coming?). It seems like that sorry excuse for produce makes its way into too many Burger King products. If I didn’t notice the lettuce in a Burger King sandwich I’d likely put it in the “Pros:” category at the end of this review. There are two slices of tomato that were small, but decent and helped give the burger some moisture beyond just the angry sauce. The angry sauce is a little runny, but actually pretty flavorful with some spicy sweetness and it saved the burger from being a disappointment. Along with the angry sauce, there were four pickled jalapeno pieces that provided an extra kick of sour and spice. My favorite part of the Angriest Whopper would have to be the angry onion petals and I would love to see them offered as a side item along with a thicker angry sauce dip. Although the fried angry onion petals suffered texture problems (unnecessary mayo mixing with the angry sauce), they still held up better than expected and they’re sized right.The wrapper says “I SURVIVED THE ANGRY WHOPPER” and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to take that as victory over a spicy burger or just living to say the very unnatural looking red bun didn’t kill me with chemicals. There’s hot sauce baked into the bun, but it didn’t stand out much for me. At a price of $5.89 for the burger alone and $8.19 for the small combo, the Angriest Whopper is one of the most expensive fast food items I’ve ever purchased. For the novelty of a burger with a red bun, closing in on 6 bucks is a lot to ask. I’ll begrudgingly pay extra for a fast food product with ingredients on the “premium” side of the scale and the Angriest Whopper just doesn’t fit in that category for me.I was surprised at how much better the Angriest Whopper turned out since the whole colored-bun thing started off with such a whimper last Halloween. In the end, the Angriest Whopper just made me more angry at Burger King for the super high price and slipping in useless ingredients that just end up taking away some impact from the ingredients that matter.
Pros: Angry sauce and angry onion petals. Novelty of a red bun. Fair amount of spicy ingredients, but not at all overwhelming.
Cons: Expensive. Premium price without premium ingredients. Hot sauce baked into the bun lacked impact. A couple of unnecessary ingredients.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
More Info: bk.com
830 calories, 51 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat, 1530 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbs, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, 17 grams of sugar, 34 grams of protein