Review: Pretzel Bacon King from Burger King
It’s the season of Oktoberfest so a pretzel bun burger is fitting in the fast food world. Wendy’s originally did theirs in the summer for some odd reason and Burger King is now here to introduce us to the new Pretzel Bacon King while the timing is just right.
Here’s how BK describes their Pretzel Bacon King:
Our Single PRETZEL BACON KING™ Sandwich features one ¼ lb.* of savory flame-grilled 100% beef patties, topped with smoky bacon, melted American cheese, tangy mustard and creamy mayonnaise all on a toasted pretzel bun.
The Pretzel Bacon King is also available as a Double Pretzel Bacon King for a whopping 1240 calories, 84 grams of fat, and 2350 milligrams of sodium and that’s just way too much Burger King in one sandwich so I went with the Single. Can a different bun really change the familiar essence of BK all that much? Let’s review:As far as positives go, the Pretzel Bacon King has a fairly decent pretzel bun with balanced moisture and chewiness while adding a little mild sweetness to the overall flavor of the sandwich. There’s no coarse pretzel salt in the mix… just pretzel dough with delicate softness and glossy shine. Outside of the pretzel bun, there’s nothing new going on with the Pretzel Bacon King. Adding and subtracting certain condiments that are always available is a bit lazy so don’t let the allure of the pretzel bun get you too excited here. Condiment application will vary of course, but I found my burger to be too heavy on the mayo which dulled the flavor of the mustard more than I’d like. It became a mayo-based mustard cream sauce that I found myself scraping away with a knife. A light application of stone ground mustard or spicy beer mustard would’ve gone a long way to liven up this attempt at a pretzel bun burger. Mayo and yellow mustard felt lazy…as well as the default decision to go with American cheese. The smoky strips of bacon and hearty quarter pound portion of seasoned flame-grilled beef are no afterthought, but I couldn’t help but be distracted by those subpar condiments.At a price of $6.09 for the burger alone, the Pretzel Bacon King is a dollar more than I’d call a great value. I understand premium prices for this size burger, but there’s a food quality factor I can’t shake from my experiences with Burger King. It’s a filling burger and only 10 cents more than the Single Stacker King, but eh… I still don’t think BK is ready to be in the same price realm as higher quality fast food restaurants. Making this into a combo meal you’re hovering around 9 bucks. Kudos to BK for making me feel like they’re in the spirit of the season. In a world where pumpkin spice everything hits store shelves in August, I’m glad to see a nod to Oktoberfest in October. With that said, the Pretzel Bacon King’s bun is decent, the condiment choice could use some tweaking, and a six dollars at Burger King is never easy to swallow.
Pros: Moist, chewy pretzel bun. Filling.
Cons: Lazy condiment selection. Price.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 920
Fat - 60 grams
Saturated Fat - 18 grams
Sodium - 1930 milligrams
Carbs - 55 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugar - 2 grams
Protein - 39 grams