Review: Flame Grilled Chicken Burger from Burger King
Flame-grilling beef is something that Burger King has been doing since the 1950’s so putting a chicken burger patty over that open flame isn’t unfamiliar territory. The new Flame Grilled Chicken Burger from BK is now available and I had it for lunch today so that I could bring you this GrubGrade review.Burger King describes their new Flame Grilled Chicken Burger like this:
Our Flame Grilled Chicken Burger features a savory flame-grilled chicken burger patty topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft toasted brioche style bun.
Some people question what’s the difference between a chicken sandwich and a chicken burger. Basically a chicken sandwich is usually made with a whole piece of chicken and a chicken burger is made with ground chicken.From a texture perspective, the ground chicken patty isn’t too far off from the easy chew of a beef burger. Flavorwise it’s a step up from the value menu spongey breaded chicken and maybe a slight step down from the Tendergrill variety. I think a ground chicken patty can hide the flaws of a full piece of grilled chicken so it’s got a little edge there. I did notice some minor bitter charcoal-esque from the black of the grill marks in the chicken patty. It wasn’t enough to ruin the sandwich, but it was an obvious reminder this was flame-grilled. The Flame Grilled Chicken Burger comes with most of the familiar ingredients you’ll find in a standard beef burger… lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, pickles, onions. Really the only difference between a Burger King Whopper and the Flame Grilled Chicken Burger is the patty and the bun. With the Whopper sandwich you get a forgettable, yet passable, sesame seed bun and the Chicken Burger has a definite upgrade with the brioche style bun. The lettuce was as miserable as ever, but the two slices of tomato were bright and fresh. There was more mayo than ketchup and the ketchup got a little lost. The sliced white onions had little impact and took a backseat to the four or five pickles which provided a little extra zing that I prefer in a chicken burger over a regular beef burger.I’m not exactly sure the weight/size of the ground chicken patty, but I’m guessing it’s a quarter pound. It’s a hearty enough sandwich to be an OK value when purchased alone for $3.99 (although the suggested price is $3.79). I think the value from the Flame Grilled Chicken Burger stands in a better position than most of the items found on the 2 for $5 menu. The 2 for $5 Mix & Match menu currently includes the Big King, Extra Long Cheeseburger, Original Chicken Sandwich and Big Fish Sandwich and the Flamed Grilled Chicken Burger is the best of that bunch.The Flame Grilled Chicken Burger feels like it fits well with the Burger King menu. It’s a decent new addition that isn’t designed to shock you with novelty or try too hard to be “premium” and that’s right about where Burger King should focus their menu for the future.
Pros: Fair size and a decent value. Member of the 2 for $5 menu. Nice bun. Pickles.
Cons: Poor quality lettuce and onions. A little too heavy on mayo and too light on ketchup. A little bitter burnt flavor from the grill marks.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $3.99 or 2 for $5 Mix & Match
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: bk.com
480 calories, 25 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 42 grams of carbs, 1160 milligrams of sodium, 10 grams of sugar, 22 grams of protein