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.Chicken Burger BKBurger 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.BK Chicken BurgerFrom 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.Chicken Burger BK 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.Chicken BurgerThe 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.

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 7.25/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

23 comments on “Review: Flame Grilled Chicken Burger from Burger King

  1. Kym says:

    14 Weight Watchers points. I guess I won’t be trying it unless I am extra hungry.

  2. Robyn Gundlach says:

    I’m currently working at Burger King while I go to college and I just tried the chicken patty today. I try not to eat BK, but if I do I usually opt for the tender-grill breast or the veggie patty, so it was nice to try something new. I love the taste, but I don’t like the texture. To me, it’s vastly different than a whopper patty in regards to the gritty pieces of “whatever” is in the ground meat. The patty itself is only 170 calories (same as the grilled chicken and Veggie Patty), but very high in fat.

    If anyone orders, I highly recommend them getting it “OB” or off the broiler, because it gets hard, VERY fast! Since it’s 2 for $5, it’s a pretty good deal as many of our single menu items are too expensive in my opinion. Also, it is prepared in the same cooking chamber as our whoppers, which means this thing was soaking in grease before it was served to you. So if grease upsets your stomach, the tender-grill is probably the best thing BK has to offer in terms of chicken! 🙂 I hope some of my info may have helped! ^^

    • Christi says:

      Thanks for your info it was helpful. I don’t eat beef so I’ve always wondered if my nonbeef patty was mixed in with the beef ones. Does BK also mix the veggie patties in with the beef ones? I know you only can speak for your location but am curious all the same. Thanks!

  3. JJJ says:

    I was going to try this today, but chickened out and got a breaded chicken sandwich instead. I was worried about the texture, as I don’t really get the point of ground chicken, other than to give the processor the opportunity to use up more of the trimmings (beaks, feathers???). I think I may try it the weekend,as the 2 for 1 seems like a fair deal.

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Yeah, I am going to have to pass on this, does not sound appealing at all.

  5. Mike S says:

    Call me crazy but I love the classic chicken sandwich on the long bun. I just think it tastes great. I haven’t had one in a couple of years so maybe they have gone downhill.

  6. Garen says:

    I was going to comment that I’d be interested in a comparison of this to the McDonalds Chicken burgers. But then I did some research and realized they aren’t national.

    http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/dining/tampa-bay-mcdonalds-restaurants-debut-ground-chicken-burger/2245575

  7. At says:

    I don’t eat beef, so I love when restaurants offer poultry burgers. However, when it comes to ground poultry, I much prefer the flavor and texture of ground turkey to ground chicken. With that being said, I am still very eager to try this chicken burger as I have never had the opportunity of eating a burger at a fast food chain.

  8. Brenda says:

    Poor quality chicken, appears to be some kind of pressed patty. Nasty taste and texture.

  9. Will says:

    This was a very big disappointment , I would never have tried a grilled chicken sandwich that had the texture of a burger !!! The flavor was not appealing or chicken

  10. ? says:

    Quality always depends where you shop. My burger was made fresh due to 10 customers before me ordering the same. No need to talk about the lettuce beside that pickles were great taste amzing. Try it objectively

  11. Sabbah says:

    It smelled FUNNY! EW~! Every time I got it close to my nose and took a whiff I didn’t want to put it in my mouth. The chicken went out the window and I ate the bread and vegs. Gross.

  12. Randy says:

    Just had my first try at the Chicken Burger – ugh! Smells nasty, tastes worse, and it has the consistency of pulped Spam or something. I took two bites trying to be objective, but I’ll not be getting any more of these and I’m bringing what’s left of this thing home to see if the cat will eat it. Two thumbs down!

  13. MP says:

    When we’re talking about the pickles, you know it’s a bad sandwich.
    Daym Drops reviewed this, and he said it was a sausage patty with bad breath.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4DhvSk33A

  14. BigBelly says:

    holy Jesus, I think watching that might be as bad as eating one. His really lacked the painted on stripes.
    I wonder how many beaks go into each patty

  15. Sascha says:

    Turned out to be quite good, imo. Not too dissimilar from chicken patties I’ve gotten from the grocery store, but the flame broiling seems to get better flavor than my baking it. I got the Whopper bun though, which dwarfed the patty, but only by a little, and I always like sesame seeds, so no complaint there.

    It’s a gigantic step up from the Originals, but also nowhere near a Tendercrisp, which is still one of the best sandwiches in fast food.

    Your 6.75 is spot on, Ryan.

  16. Jon says:

    I got two of them with the 2 for $5 deal hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I really liked the flavor but the texture took some getting used to. I tried not to think about what might be in the patty, but I figured it can’t be worse than the pink slime that they use in their Whopper patties. The brioche bun was a nice touch also. It was pretty much what I expected, so I really wasn’t disappointed.

  17. Andre says:

    I recently tried the chicken burger and it definitely reminded me of a chicken sausage. So don’t think grilled chicken breast flavor, its more or less a processed chicken sausage. If you enjoy the regular beef whopper you should enjoy this. Add extra pickles too, it enhances the flavor.

  18. will todd says:

    I work at a burger king ing west virginia. The quality of the sandwiches greatly depends on the person making it. Ive had sandwiches that are completly ruined because of an inbalance of condoments. Try a different burgerking, or even different shift. Plus, when ordering tell them fresh, that way its still juicy and moist when put on the bun.

  19. Rick says:

    I originally went to Wendy’s for lunch but the place was packed. So, I crossed the street and went to Burger King in the mood for a grilled chicken sandwich. I looked up at the menu and didn’t see a grilled chicken sandwich and asked if they had one. The guy said, “Yes, the chicken burger.” I didn’t think anything of it. Well, when I got back in the truck and looked at it, I realized it was a burger and not a solid chicken breast. I didn’t like it at all. Luckily I had my dog with me and she got most of it.

  20. Superlou says:

    Super bad chicken burger,and i don’t mean good, i’m still feeling the after effects of eating one for the first time. I was very disappointed it should be called junk burger.I feel like i got cheated.I still can’t believe I ate the whole thing,now i’m regretting that i did. NO MORE CHICKEN BURGER FOR ME.

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