Review: King’s Hawaiian Half-Pound Club from Arby’s

For the most part, I consider myself an equal-opportunity sandwich eater. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Cuban or a meatball sub; as long as there’s something stuck between bread, I’ll try it. That said, I do have a particular preference for Club sandwiches, which was why I had to check out the new King’s Hawaiian Half-Pound Club, the latest mega-meat creation from Arby’s.  Arbys Brown Sugar Half Pound Club The King’s Hawaiian Half-Pound Club from Arby’s is described like this:

Join the half-pound club, club. Facilities include a giant heap of sliced roast turkey, an imposing pile of pit smoked ham and brown sugar bacon for days. They’ve got great amenities too, like melted Swiss cheese, mild & creamy Dijon spread and fluffy King’s Hawaiian® bun. No towels though. Gotta bring your own towels.

Oh, those clever Arby’s marketing people. Egregious puns aside, this is a sandwich you’re going to need a napkin for. Thankfully, Arby’s does provide those. At $6.99 for the sandwich alone, it’s not just one of the most expensive fast food sandwiches on the market, it’s priced higher than some combos. Thankfully, its size somewhat makes up for the price.Arbys Brown Sugar Half Pound ClubNo joke: I had trouble fitting my mouth around the sandwich. Not only do the ham and turkey get stacked high, but my sandwich didn’t lack for strips of brown sugar bacon. The cheese was melted perfectly, the lettuce and tomatoes were fresh, and the bun was perfectly toasted; basically, it’s one of the most visually pleasing sandwiches you could ask for. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the saltiest. I like to think I have a high salt tolerance, but the double whammy from the pit ham and turkey contributes to an overwhelming salty taste right off the bat. Thankfully, the salt gets cut but the glazed, candy-sweet bacon, but be warned: it takes a few bites to really get the relief.Arbys Brown Sugar Half Pound ClubSalty flavor aside, the meats are excellent. The turkey is super juicy with a slight sweetness and deep roasted flavor, while the ham has a robust smoke flavor and succulent bite. I didn’t get a lot of flavor from the Swiss cheese or the Dijon sauce, but the sweetness of the bun and the tomato added a bit of necessary relief from the meat-fest. A few bites in, as I started to get into the center of the sandwich, the crispy texture contrast from the bacon really started to take effect.Arbys Brown Sugar Half Pound ClubWhile I liked the sweetness of the bun, it’s actually a bit of a liability for the sandwich. With so many juices running from the meats, the bottom half of the bun soon became soggy. It’s just too soft for a sandwich like this, and if you don’t eat it in a hurry (a challenge, given the saltiness and size), you might find yourself finishing it with a knife and fork. I would have preferred the buns that Arby’s used for their previous iteration of brown sugar bacon sandwiches.Arbys Brown Sugar Half Pound ClubYou really can’t go wrong with any of Arby’s meats, but when stacked on the new King’s Hawaiian Half-Pound Club, the combination of pit ham and smoked turkey, while excellent, is a bit too much. The saltiness and moisture of the sandwich underdo otherwise flawless execution and flavors, contributing to a bite that is less than the sum of its parts. Still, there’s some great flavors at play, and I can guarantee you won’t be leaving on an empty stomach.

Pros: Exceptionally moist and flavorful turkey and ham that could rival those found behind any deli counter. Gooey melted Swiss cheese. Crispy, sweet contrast from the bacon. High quality toppings and presentation.

Cons: Salty flavor overshadows the variety of toppings. King’s Hawaiian bun can’t hold up to the moisture. Bacon is too sweet and caramel-like on its own.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $6.99 for the sandwich alone and $8.99 for the combo

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
710 calories, 26 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 175 milligrams of cholesterol, 2930 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, 59 grams of protein.

17 comments on “Review: King’s Hawaiian Half-Pound Club from Arby’s

  1. richard says:

    100% full on sodium bomb in a meal…

  2. JJJ says:

    I tried this last year and the brown sugar bacon and KH bun make the sandwich way too sweet. I wish I could just get this with regular bacon on a split top bun instead.

    • Jonathan Wayne says:

      Agreed, I like the small King’s Hawaiian rolls with some butter and cheese but the big ones are just too much and coupled with the brown sugar bacon they are way over the top.

  3. Alex K. says:

    How is “bacon is too sweet on its own” a reason to put as a con? Why would you eat the sweet bacon on its own anyway if it’s on the sandwich, and then complain that the sandwich is too salty? Weak review.

    …with that said, I mostly agree.

  4. Johnnyboy says:

    I agree fully with the grades you have given it. Sometimes, you don’t need all those things put together. It creates so much salty taste, it tastes bad and makes you dehydrated and raises blood pressure. Now it they replaced the turkey with fresh cooked turkey without the extra sodium preservatives, it might be better and axe the Dijon and use plain mayo. Arby’s creations sometimes have too many flavors and it creates a problem.

  5. MP says:

    It’s like taking a trip on a sodium mountain. I can’t believe they didn’t go for 3,000 milligrams.

  6. Brian says:

    Interesting that this one has as much sodium as it does, but given how delicious that thing looks, I’m not suprised. However, as someone who recently lost a battle to acid reflux from eating a whole one of those new Extra Loaded Pepperoni Tombstone pizzas, which has a serving size of 1/5 of a pizza at 990mg of sodium and the whole thing is like 4500mg.

    I did notice though that the BLT and the Roast Beef versions of these have much less, I think the BLT has 1100mg and the Roast Beef version has 1400mg. I had one of the Roast Beef versions of this and it was just delicious. I got it with extra honey dijon mustard and it was just so good to have it back. I really wish Arby’s would make the King’s Hawaiian bun a permanent menu option for any of their sandwiches. I’ll probably stop in to have a BLT at some point.

    • Johnnyboy says:

      Most of the sodium comes from the bread too. Bread always has so much sodium, because it is what keeps it fresh, preservatives. And also the condiments. But never blame The bacon, cause that’s blasphemy! Nitrates are what makes bacon tasty, like MSG in Chinese food.

  7. Dank meme bro says:

    That’s lunch meat for you, its like a hungry man tv dinner.

  8. BoJangles says:

    I had this recently and thought it was delicious. SO MUCH MEAT!

    I had them hold the mustard (not a fan) and the tomato (eww) but it was one delicious sandwich. My bun got soggy as well, but they microwave it to melt the cheese and thats when things start to run, heating of the meat makes the juices run wild. Will definitely order again. Not sure mine was 6.99, though I could be wrong.

  9. RC says:

    Yes. At One Of Many Thanksgiving Suppers. As Far As The Salt Goes The Ancillary Ingredients (Mustard, Cheese, Bread) Provide The Salt. (To Blousey. Reply Button Failure).

    • Blousey says:

      Thanks for the response RC – I was responding to someone who said they wish the lunchmeat was replaced with unsalted natural turkey which, to most people, would be edible but incredibly bland. Considering this is the type of sandwich that someone would buy as a pig-out treat rather than a healthy meal, it sounds like a silly idea to “healthy” it up by making it nursing home bland. Our bodies are astonishingly formidable, they can handle occasional junk-food with no trouble… I’m glad they offer a pig-out option with all the salt, fat, and sugar that healthy sensible people sometimes crave.

  10. Senor Butthole says:

    I ate this. Fantastic. Getting the BLT next time to go for a full on stroke.

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