Review: Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger from Burger King
The sesame seed hoagie bun from Burger King was once just reserved for the Original Chicken Sandwich. A bunch of chicken spin-offs started popping up in recent years and then the “Extra Long” family of sandwiches came into the picture. Last year was highlighted by the Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger which still remains the best of a mostly sub par bunch (for abysmal, see our review of the Extra Long Pulled Pork Sandwich). The cheeseburger versions have seen the most variety and the latest addition is as trendy as we all expected… the new Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger. Burger King describes their new Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger like this:
Our Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger features two savory flame-grilled, 100% beef burger patties layered side by side topped with a spicy Sriracha flavored sauce, melted American cheese, crisp iceberg lettuce, sliced white onions, all served on a freshly toasted hoagie bun.
At times, fast food places can get pretty lazy with new creations. Burger King is one of the leaders in lazy creations… remember the French Fry Burger? With the new Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger, it’s one component away from the regular Extra Long Cheeseburger as the “Sriracha flavored sauce” takes the place of ketchup.
I find the toasted hoagie bun to be surprisingly good, or maybe it just stands out as a pro in a sea of cons. Yeah the bun to burger ratio is a bit heavy on bun considering the small burger patties, but at least its freshness and durability stand out. The two slices of American cheese struggled to get a nice melt going so that was a disappointment. If the burgers were actually hot, maybe the cheese would have gotten an assist there. Taste-wise, the two flame-grilled burger patties provide the beef smoke and the cheese give a minor sharp tang. It’s not a bad combo of dueling salty flavors, but there’s not much of any standout. The iceberg lettuce sliced white onions had their usual limp and lifeless problems. Most of the flavor is headlined by this new Sriracha flavored sauce. The sauce is tangy with most of its heat coming on the front-end so it gave a little burn when it hit my tongue. It’s a little got some minor sweetness and not much smoke so I’d consider the sauce mostly tangy and spicy.
If you like a spicy burger, double up on the Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger and get four fire-grilled burger patties for 5 bucks. The variety of the 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal is decent if it makes sense for you to go for an extra sandwich. Just like all the other sandwiches featured in the 2 for $5 promotion, the a la carte price is not worth paying. The Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger by itself was priced at $3.79 at my local BK in Maryland.This was a short review. You might say it was a lazy review. Maybe I’m just getting in the spirit of another lazy new Burger King product and I couldn’t help but borrow its inspiration.
Pros: Spicy burger option. Decent deal if you don't feel forced into the 2 for $5 Mix & Match.
Cons: Loses value points for the price of the sandwich alone. Lifeless lettuce and onions. Barely warm. American cheese didn't melt in most spots.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $3.79 alone or 2 for $5 Mix & Match
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 480
Total Fat - 23 grams
Saturated Fat - 11 grams
Carbs - 45 grams
Cholesterol - 80 milligrams
Sodium - 1210 milligrams
Sugar - 7 grams
Protein - 26 grams