Review: Double Stacker from Burger King
Hey, remember the Burger King stackers? First introduced in 2006, the value menu burgers originally came in three sizes and featured Burger King’s Stacker sauce (also known as Big King sauce.) To be honest, I never realized the Stackers left, but after a hiatus, one of the three burgers recently returned to the Burger King menu. Here’s my review of the reintroduced Double Stacker from Burger King.The Double Stacker splits the difference of the single and triple from a decade ago. It comes with two flame-grilled beef patties topped with smoked bacon, melted American cheese, and creamy Stacker sauce served on a toasted sesame seed bun. I picked one up at my local Burger King for $2.69, or $0.69 cents more than its price in 2011. Hey, inflation, right?The burger is about what you’d expect from any Burger King value burger. I find that people either like Burger King’s flame-grilled patties or they don’t; as for me, I like them. Even though the patties are small, the two patties give the burger a strong beefy and smoky flavor. How beefy and smoky? Sorry in advance for the visual, but it’s the kind of flavor that you’ll have perched in the roof of your mouth all day. Yeah, you know what I mean. The smoke flavor gets an extra boost with Burger King’s bacon. It’s not overly thick bacon, but it’s not limp either. I liked that it combined a bit of fatty chew with a meaty crispiness, and that the flavor didn’t get lost in the sauce.As for the Stacker sauce, it definitely works well on a burger like this, where the smoke flavor is the predominant element. The sauce is your standard “burger sauce.” Some know it as In-N-Out’s “spread,” others as McDonald’s Big Mac sauce, and still others as Utah’s fry sauce. Mayo-based, with a pickled sweetness, it helps to cut the meat and smoke flavor. This version has less of a tomato flavor than other variations, and it’s more gloopy than creamy, but it’s still good. I felt like it made up for the lack of pickles, mustard, ketchup, and onions that usually come on value menu burgers, and would have actually liked a bit more. The cheese added a nice bit of melty goo in between the patties, as well as a bit of a needed salty flavor. It wasn’t bad, but I wanted another piece of cheese. And while I’m on the subject, maybe another patty. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Burger King burger, and having this one reminded me of how much I enjoy a classic sesame-seed bun. Fluffy and slightly sweet, sesame seed buns seem like a natural fit for a burger, unlike the dense and chewy Brioche rolls many chains are moving toward.Even though the BK Stacker is a tasty little burger, it’s tough to get really fired up about it because of the chain’s other value offerings. Around me, Burger King has 10 other value menu sandwiches priced less than the Stacker, not to mention the 5 for $4 Bundle Deal that features the Bacon Cheeseburger. Not quite as substantial a Whopper, yet not a good value compared to other what you can get in the 5 for $4 deal, the Stacker occupies an awkward middle ground on the menu. My suggestion? If you like the Big King sauce, just add it to your favorite Burger King burger.
Pros: Good flame-broiled beefy burger taste for a small sized burger. Lots of smoke flavor. Tasty, zesty, and sweet pickled flavor in the Big King sauce.
Cons: Not the greatest value, and also doesn’t have the heft of a substantial burger. Could use thicker bacon. A bit greasy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: bk.com
420 calories, 22 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, 650 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, 22 grams of protein.