Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT from Arby’s

Last year Arby’s released its King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich and we gave it a glowing review.  I considered that sandwich to be one of my top picks for best new product of 2013.  Taking a sweet King’s Hawaiian bun and making an Arby’s roast beef sandwich out of it proved to be fast food genius.  The latest creation at Arby’s is a new flavor to the King’s Hawaiian line of sandwiches and they’re hoping that bacon will only make a great sandwich even better.  Here’s my review of the new King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT.

Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef BLTArby’s describes their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT like this:

The KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef BLT is your favorite meat on your favorite meat on your favorite bun. Thick-cut pepper bacon is pedestaled by thinly sliced roast beef, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and mayo, and then sandwiched with a pillowy KING’S HAWAIIAN ® bun.

There are plenty of Arby’s bacon fans out there according to our Bacon Poll from a couple years ago.  I’d consider myself a fan of Arby’s pepper bacon and on the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT, it must be able to make me forget about how well the original sandwich handled its mix of flavors.

Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT 2On the original King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss there were some nice standout ingredients that went beyond the roast beef and bun.  I loved the crunchy sweet and tangy pickles and the creamy Dijon and felt they really put the sandwich up on another level.  The sandwich would’ve still been a success with the standard accompanying ingredients, but Arby’s went above my expectations and made additions that weren’t so forgettable. The biggest issue that will separate the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss with the new King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT is that there aren’t any of those extras with the BLT.  This style of sandwich just takes the core ingredients with the King’s Hawaiian bun and the roast beef and accompanies them with bacon, lettuce, and tomato.  There’s nothing really wrong with that as the BLT combination is classic, but there’s just a lack of the newness factor.  From the perspective of offering a more unique flavor, the original King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich was altogether more enjoyable and will retain its crown.

Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT 4Although the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT lacks originality, it’s still a great sandwich that I can’t help but recommend.  First of all, it’s huge.  Clocking in at a hefty 10-oz plus serving weight, this sandwich is a two-hander for sure.  There will be no grubbing on the go on this day as this beast clearly was meant to be tackled carefully and with napkins within arms reach.  My sandwich was constructed OK, but I can’t help but be slightly turned off by all the lettuce.  It’s one of those sandwiches you have to pick at and tear apart before you can comfortably start digging in.  There’s just a lot of stuff hanging out of the bun and it’s mostly lettuce… wet lettuce too.  Focusing on produce, the lettuce and slices of tomato were crisp/juicy/fresh and my only real issue was with the moisture.  The bacon is a thick-cut pepper bacon and I love the flavor and texture, but three slices just didn’t cut it.  This might have a lot to do with the fact that the sandwich is so big, some ingredients will be dwarfed if they’re not piled on.  The roast beef was piled really high and there was way too much lettuce so if there was an extra piece of bacon and just a tad less of some other ingredients, the balance would’ve been a lot better.  I could taste the salty pepper bacon in between the mouthfuls of roast beef, but I still wanted more.

Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT 3The King’s Hawaiian bun works to perfection with this sandwich. As you’d expect, if you’re familiar with King’s Hawaiian buns, their sweetness should win you over when combined with the sodium-laden meats.  It’s a soft, yet sturdy bun that does a good job at containing the glut of ingredients relatively well.

Arbys Kings Hawaiian BLTAt $4.99, the price may seem a little steep for just a sandwich, yet it’s filling enough to likely leave you satisfied.  I’ll give extra credit to the value of this sandwich since it tastes so good.  I enjoyed the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT and feel it’s a nice addition to the King’s Hawaiian sandwich family.  There’s nothing overly creative going on with this style of sandwich once you take the bun out of the equation, but it’s still a pleasing fast food meal and the BLT is still a classic.

Pros: King's Hawaiian buns are awesome. It's huge and filling with heaps of roast beef. Pepper bacon.

Cons: Only three strips of bacon? Too much wet lettuce.

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.25/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Weight - 291 grams
Calories - 720
Total Fat - 37 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Cholesterol - 160 milligrams
Sodium - 1540 milligrams
Carbs - 60 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 21 grams
Protein - 38 grams

15 comments on “Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT from Arby’s

  1. Chuck says:

    Taste: 9.00/10, you give it a 9 out of ten for taste but a 6.75 for value. Premium cost for taste so I will take the value rating with a grain of salt. I havent tried the sandwich yet but if it is really 9 out of 10 for taste then 5 bucks is a good value in the good year of 2014. There isnt much fast food for 5 bucks that will warrant a 9 out of 10 taste test in my opinion.

  2. Alex K. says:

    Unsurprised. Arby’s can do no wrong.

  3. rob says:

    Heck of a good looking sandwich.

  4. Eric Schneck says:

    Had one today for lunch. Based on the amount of beef, it’s a decent value for $4.99, and I’ll admit that it does taste good, but only 3 skinny pieces of bacon?! C’mon! A sandwich this size needs more bacon. This sandwich may as well have no bacon at all, because those 3 scrawny pieces are overwhelmed by the large stack of beef, sweet bread, and massive blob of mayo.

    • Megan says:

      I bought one today and I had only one slice of bacon on it that was broken in half. I am really disappointed! What’s a BLT without the bacon?!

  5. Jonathan Wayne says:

    King’s Hawaiian rolls only taste good with certain things and it never tasted good with Arby’s. I like the mini rolls, popped in the microwave for a few seconds with butter, ham and cheese, if you can get glazed Christmas ham, bonus.

  6. missouri says:

    Waaaaaaaay too much mayo on my sandwich. I like mayo, but this was even over the top for me. Sticking with the KHRB&S.

  7. Lamar says:

    Have to agree with the comments on the mayo. Dripping out of the bun on several occasions. More bacon is a necessity on this. Other than that, it was definitely a good sandwich. I was glad a free sandwich coupon that I could use on this because it is a tad pricey.

  8. CulinaryZerg says:

    Meh. Wasn’t near as good as the King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss or even just the plan Hawaiian w/ Roast Beef.

    The new ingredients just don’t work together. Gone is the cheese, mustard, pickles that work with chewy flavorful buns. In is the mayo? Seriously? The bacon doesn’t seem to fit, and the lettuce and tomatoes distract negatively from the bun.

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