Review: French Fry Burger from Burger King

Adding four french fries into an existing product and calling it the French Fry Burger is the latest innovation from Burger King.  Yup, it’s lazy and laughable, but it’s also just one dollar.  I’m a fan of some value menu burgers on the BK menu that have been around for years and it’s an easy buy to add one more to the mix with the French Fry Burger.

French Fry BurgerThe amazing Rodeo Cheeseburger is still kicking around for $1.59 and I consider it with high regards amongst fast food value menu burgers.  The Rodeo Cheeseburger is a simple idea that stands out by taking a regular cheeseburger adding BK Onion Rings and BBQ sauce to give it an entirely new flavor.  The French Fry Burger takes the concept of some potential side-item-impact to hopfully transform a standard hamburger into something a bit more.

French Fry Burger BKJThe French Fry Burger from Burger King is simply a standard small hamburger with lettuce, ketchup, mayo and French fries.  I’m sure plenty of you have at one time or another stacked up potato chips into your turkey sandwich or pretzels and honey into your peanut butter sandwich (maybe that second one is just me, but you should try it).  The French Fry Burger never comes across as inventive because there’s just not much to it except four French fries.  The genesis of the French Fry Burger was the perfect opportunity to make this burger something special, but BK stopped at just four fries.  Why not something a little bit different so that we’re not left feeling like this is such a lackluster effort?  You know, like how about a new sauce… a fry sauce perhaps?  I don’t want to get too much into the economics of the industry, but I don’t think it would a stretch to come out with a new featured sauce for this burger or maybe take one of the other current sauce options and have that involved.  We’re perfectly capable of getting a nugget sauce to add to the burger ourselves, but the French Fry Burger as-is should have been so much more.

French Fry Burger King Burger

So how effective are the four fries?  Well, on the positive side they were noticeable and added a little starchy saltiness to the flavor and an added thickness to the texture of the sandwich.  Stopping at four fries seemed like a couple of fries short to make a more substantial impact, but the four still managed to not get completely lost.  There isn’t too much else involved here so it was easy for some fries to stand out amongst iceberg lettuce pieces and some ketchup and mayo.  The signature BK fire-grilled beef patty was devoid of the yellow mustard and overly off-putting and sour pickles from the regular hamburger and this helped the fries stand out a little better.

Burger King French Fry Burger 2I find Burger King fries to be sort of average fast food fries and I feel the same way with their regular small hamburger.  Putting the two together just gets you more of the same… average.  The French Fry Burger doesn’t stand out as much as some other value menu burgers, but it had a chance to with a slight tweak or two.  The biggest disappointment with the French Fry Burger is the thought of what it could have been.  Hopefully we’ll get some more inspired variety with this burger if there are new styles down the pipeline.  This first incarnation is a buy for a buck, but don’t expect to be anything but forgettable

Pros: It's $1.00. The frour fries don't go unnoticed.

Cons: Poor lettuce quality. Would have liked to have a new sauce.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

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18 comments on “Review: French Fry Burger from Burger King

  1. James says:

    What will BK think of next?

  2. Axel says:

    Technically it already has fry sauce (ketchup & mayo).

  3. Manavee says:

    I saw a billboard for a bratwurst combo meal at Burger King in the Chicago area; I haven’t checked to see if it’s in the stores yet.

  4. MP says:

    I used to split my Oreos & put them in my peanut butter sandwiches (tho I was given the salty old fashioned kind of peanut butter).
    I bet you this burger will be $1.29 soon enough; especially with that mayo on there.
    That burger patty looks awfully flower-esque.

  5. TJ says:

    Great review, looks about how I expected it to be. I know I defended this when news of it came out, but your points about how it could have been better seem valid to me too. Still… while I won’t run out and go buy one anytime soon I could see myself getting one if I happen to be at Burger King in the near future. You can do worse than average sometimes.

    • TJ says:

      So I did get to try a couple bites last night because the wife was curious about it so I picked one up while I was out.. and yea we both agreed it was pretty much like a whopper jr. with a few fries.. and we both thought there was nothing really wrong with that. It’s clearly not a culinary masterpiece, but it’s fine if you’re looking for a decent small hamburger.

  6. Nick says:

    I happened to stop by a Central Florida Burger King this weekend and tried to order this. The cashier had no idea what I was talking about, despite the large picture in the window advertising it, which I pointed out. They had the Texas Whopper on the menu as well, which I attempted to order, but the cashier was also dumbfounded.

    • Jay says:

      I like to order stuff I know isn’t on the menu..especially when I realize that I have a new crew member taking my order.

      I get a chuckle. They get flummoxed. And then I let them off the hook gently.

      A good time is had by all.

  7. Richard says:

    BUTTT I could buy any Burger Kind Sandwich and then some fries and stuff it into the Sandwich..

    This idea is not the special at all unless you go the primanti brothers restaurant…

  8. Linny says:

    I’ll sometimes dip fries in ranch instead of ketchup, so I wish they would have done some sort of spicy ranch on this burger instead of mayo/ketchup.

    And peanut butter sandwiches filled with pretzels and honey sounds awesome.

  9. Alek says:

    Pretzel bun?! Come on BK jump in the pretzel bun trend.

  10. Todd says:

    Wow! That little hamburger came with a lot of lettuce.

  11. M86 says:

    This seems very odd to me, but, it might be alright. My main thing with BK is the lack of freshness. I used to love the Original Chicken Sandwich from BK… but the last 3 times I’ve ordered it, it has a foul taste that I can’t describe. Also, the Chef’s Choice Burger was vile. Focus on getting a better product, and not on gimmicks!

  12. griffin says:

    Order one of these and ask for zesty sauce. Bam fry sauce. Burger complete.

  13. Icedus says:

    Mine had three fries. Two of them missed the beef and were just sort of treading bun. I’ve done worse with a buck, but I still feel kind of stupid for having bothered.

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