Review: Cheesy Tots from Burger King

Burger King is scrambling. Their popularity is waning, and the numbers are starting to reflect it – according to HuffPost and Business Insider, from 2010 to 2011 they slipped from number three to number five among top revenue-earning fast food chains. Burger King has reacted by coming out with new products seemingly nonstop (read: Avocado and Swiss WhopperChicken Nuggets), as well as bringing back old “fan favorites.” Among these reincarnated items are Burger King Cheesy (2)Burger King describes their Cheesy Tots like this:

Crunchy bite-sized snacks perfect at any time of the day – featuring a crispy outside and a warm mixture of potatoes and creamy American cheese on the inside.

The addictive, no-fail combination of cheese and potatoes attracted a few devout fans while Cheesy Tots were on their first run at Burger King; they even have a Facebook fan page. This small cult following became apoplectic when they learned Cheesy Tots were coming back.  Personally, I’d never tried them so I headed to Burger King to see what all of the fuss was about.I got a small order (which comes with 8) for $2.23. Upon first tasting these, I could tell Cheesy Tots were the type of product that give you exactly what they promise and nothing more. The outside, while not crunchy in the potato chip sense, was that golden shell of fried goodness we’ve come to expect from hash browns and tater tots. The inside was a gooey mash of cheese and potatoes, not too bland and not too salty. The cheese was the mac n’ cheese variety and held the ensemble together quite nicely. Nothing gourmet, nothing fancy here.cheeseOverall, I was impressed with the simplicity of Burger King’s Cheesy Tots. They are just potatoes and cheese, fried into a golden brown ball. The tots were well-portioned – the ratio of crusty shell to melty inside was good (although you can never have enough crusty outside). And they are delicious. That means a lot, coming from the only person in America who doesn’t care that much for potatoes.

photo (3)Too often, Burger King tries to be too quirky or far-reaching with their new products (read: Wisconsin White Cheddar Whopper), attempts which tend to either fail miserably or fall flat. If Burger King wants to edge up their market share, they should promote more crowd favorites like these. For Burger King, as for us all, the road to success is paved with Cheesy Tots.

Pros: Golden-fried outside, gooey inside. Not too salty. Simple and delicious.

Cons: Nothing ground-breaking here.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $2.23

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 280 (S)/ 350 (M)/ 420 (L)
Fat - 14g/ 17g/ 20g
Carbs - 27g/ 34g/ 41g
Sodium - 700mg/ 880mg/ 1050mg
Cholesterol - 15mg/ 20mg/ 25mg
Sugar - 1g
Dietary Fiber - 4g/ 5g/ 6g
Protein - 12g/ 15g/ 18g

20 comments on “Review: Cheesy Tots from Burger King

  1. Jason says:

    Your prices may be a bit higher, as the 12-piece clocks in at $2.69 in West Michigan. Glad to ahve them back.

  2. Manavee says:

    This post bores me. I would like to discuss how cheesy tots relate to Keynesian Economics.

  3. Dave says:

    Readers living in the Pacific Northwest will probably be familiar with Cheesy Tots as they are a nearly identical copy of Taco Time’s Stuffed Mexi-Fries. The biggest difference being the lack of diced jalepeño as found in their Taco Time counterpart.

  4. Michael says:

    I remember liking these, but the price always seemed high for such a small count.

  5. Saw them, then saw their price and did not order. They might be good, but they are overpriced.

  6. Nicolas Tomboulides says:

    When I read the stories about Burger King’s revenue problems, I just wonder: Do they ever taste their own food? McDonalds, as we all know, has an executive chef with a really strong culinary background. Who at BK is deciding that dry beef patties 1/8th of an inch tall with the diameter of a pancake are desirable? It never used to be this way. The Angus burger was a very strong offering in terms of meat, and I think a lot of people were put off by the crappy lettuce and bacon. They have had successes with each individual ingredient, but never the ability to put them all together. A Dominos-style reinvent would work wonders…maybe even a name change. Go big to compete with the big boys. Freshly grilled, five-guys style competition at fast food prices. Own the burger.

  7. Starkzilla says:

    I was a big fan of the old cheesy tots and these taste and look nothing like the old ones. These are bland and dry inside, even with cheese, and lack any flavor.

  8. TS says:

    I remember when I would go to Burger King and order a double whopper with cheese and it was the best thing you could get at a fast food place, this was only like 5 years ago. Burger King is now one of the worst places to eat and by far the worst offender of skimping on portion sizes. Their burgers are a joke and make McDonalds look good by comparison. Still not sure how they continue to rip off customers by offering a “double cheeseburger” when it doesn’t even come with two pieces of cheese. Hopefully the rest of the BK’s go under so their eyesore buildings and horrible accompanying stench can finally be put to rest.

  9. alexg says:

    Manavee, I would love to read your thoughts on Keynesian Economics and how it relates to Cheesy Tots. Please enlighten us with your thoughts. Do you feel that the re-introduction of Cheesy Tots in the Private Sector and it’s short term success and demand has somehow helped the governments role in an active stabilization policy to reduce the amplitude of the business cycle?

  10. Jess says:

    BK needs to bring back two things: mozzarella sticks and the Spicy Tendercrisp sandwich.

    But now I’m in the mood for a Tendercrisp sandwich, perhaps I will see if I can get an Angry one. I’ve never tried one of those.

  11. griffin says:

    I have a suggestion to BK…. Focus on burgers…. The whopper…. Put gas flame grills back into the recipe…. Freshly grilled and flame touched whopper with extra melty cheese brought to you by grilling the food once they got rid of traditionally grilling fresh patties they lost their market niche

  12. Old Fogey Paul says:

    Burger King has lost their way for a number of reasons, many of which where described by fellow posters above. Trying to shill smoothies and cinnamon rolls doesen’t improve your burger, which doesen’t improve your resteraunt. They need to invest in quality ingredients, a fresher, better burger, and fix the prices. The price of a whopper combo these days is unsat, period. I did try these little cheese tots, and they where amazing… still not a huge fan of BK currently though.

    • alexg says:

      I am sure BK is spending Millions of Dollars on Consultants telling them how to fix their product. They could save all that money and just read the comments here. Fix your core product Burger King!! Create awesome burgers with fresh ingredients. Have some real French Fry’s without using manufactured processed goo. Eliminate Corn Syrup from your drinks and use real sugar!! People will come if they perceive Quality!!

  13. sherm says:

    If they’re delicious, why only give them a 7.75/10 for taste? If 7.75 is delicious, how would you describe something that ranks as a 10?

  14. Geo says:

    I loved cheesy tots always got them when I stopped in to eat at Burger King.Bring them back your customer miss them…

  15. Sherri says:

    I’ve never had these, but they sound good. I prefer BK over McDonald’s any day of the week, so I’m going to have to swing by and try these.

  16. Courtney says:

    Are they really back. I use to eat these a lot when I was younger. They stopped selling them suddenly and I was like WHAT how dare you.

  17. Optimus PrimeRib says:

    They’re back at a lower price point. 8 for $1.99. I tried them for the first time tonight, having never had them before.

    My quick review is, they’re more like cheese and potato croquettes. A very crispy outside, and in the middle, they were soft and creamy. The potatoes inside were diced as you’d expect with a nice amount of cheese. I dipped them in Ketchup, which is how I feel a tater tot should be eaten.

    All in all, as a “limited time” offering, I give them a solid 7. It’s what I expected and not much more.

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