Review: Rib Sandwich from Burger King

As we all know by now, Burger King has gotten into the habit of releasing a dozen new menu items at once rather than the standard one to three at a time.  Burger King doesn’t follow the norm lately when it comes to new product releases, but they still have a “monkey see, monkey do” business strategy when it comes to some areas.  McDonald’s has success with the annual limited time McRib sandwich offering and Burger King hopes the new Rib Sandwich can be a respectable rival.BK Rib Sandwich 1Burger King describes their new Rib Sandwich like this:

Our new Boneless Rib Sandwich combines a juicy boneless rib patty with a sweet and tangy BBQ Sauce, and topped with crispy bread and butter pickles, all on a warm toasted artisan style bun.

The sandwich comes packaged in a butcher paper style wrapping to get you thinking you’ve got some real barbecue in your hands.  When I unwrapped the Rib Sandwich, the first thought that came to mind was, “Where’s the BBQ sauce?”.BK Rib Sandwich 2Upon first inspection, the BBQ sauce was there, albeit applied sparingly on the boneless rib patty.  A little further digging around I realized that most of the BBQ sauce was hidden under a four bread and butter pickles.  I really dislike the sour pickles in the McRib sandwich and I expected the same with the BK Rib Sandwich.  Why ruin a BBQ rib sandwich with pickles?  I like pickles in the right situation, but I never understood the point with the McDonald’s McRib.  Burger King including pickles in their sandwich appeared to be an obvious copycat move, but at first taste I was surprised at how much I didn’t mind them.  The sweetness of the thicker-cut pickles worked so much better than I thought.BK Rib Sandwich 3The flavor of the bread and butter pickles worked with this sandwich because the BBQ sauce was more spicy than sweet.  The BBQ sauce is advertised as “sweet & tangy” and I’d describe it more as a peppery and mildly spicy.  While the McDonald’s McRib is drenched in sauce, the BK Rib Sandwich is obviously sadly sparse.  I did not find any issue with the lack of sauce while eating the sandwich and felt each bite had just enough of each ingredient. I’m shocked right now considering I haven’t completely buried the BK Rib Sandwich in insults.  It doesn’t feel right to have nothing awful to say about this sandwich.  The Rib Sandwich cost me $3.79 and it’s not too filling, but I feel if you can stay within 50 cents of being a fairly priced fast food item, I won’t mind it too much.   With that said, $3.79 for the sandwich alone isn’t a check mark in the “great value” column. The “warm toasted artisan style bun” wasn’t particularly warm or toasty, but it provided a stable base.  Although it did its job keeping everything intact for grubbing on the go, it wasn’t anything other than just about average.Burger King Rib SandwichI guess since I have love for the BK Rodeo Cheeseburger, another Burger King item with BBQ sauce on it would likely get my approval.  When you break it all down, if I don’t like the sauce, I won’t like the sandwich.  The BBQ sauce really works for this item.  I obviously won’t be comparing it to Franklin’s, but for fast food it was more than OK with me.  A fair fight would be pitting the BK Rib Sandwich against the McDonald’s McRib and Burger King is the clear winner for me.  Like most of my readers, I expected this to suck.  After my first taste, I found it quite decent. BK Rib Sandwich burger king

Pros: It's better than the McRib. The BBQ sauce was pretty good and a little spicy. The pickles worked.

Cons: Maybe about 50 cents above what I'd consider to be a solid value. Burger King coming out with a dozen new limited time menu items at once when they should stand behind one solid idea at a time. Spelling "sandwhich".

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Price: $3.79

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 560
Total Fat - 31 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Carbs - 47 grams
Sodium - 1530 milligrams
Sugar - 19 grams
Protein - 24 grams

31 comments on “Review: Rib Sandwich from Burger King

  1. Marvo says:

    That patty looks weird.

  2. Is this already available nationwide?

    • Ryan says:

      It’s on the BK website, but the press release said May 21st I think. Also keep in mind the “participating” restaurants disclaimer. Considering it’s on the Burger King website, I’d say the campaign has begun. My local BK in Maryland had all the new items.

  3. Jay says:

    Waiting on the bogo coupons

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Looks like a skip it, but now I want a Rodeo Cheeseburger, have not had one in years. Do they even still carry them?

    • Klee says:

      I believe they can still make the rodeo if you ask, but ime they use a special BBQ sauce when making a true rodeo.. You can get one but it won’t have the same BBQ sauce.

    • David Lam says:

      You could just get any old cheeseburger from Burger King, a side of onion rings, and add Sweet Baby Ray’s on your own, although it does add a bit of work to the sandwich. In my opinion, I think it’s worth it just for the fact you can add the sweet and spicy Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

  5. BigBelly says:

    bleh, I look at that, and all I can think is “mechanically seperated” no thanks :/

  6. Sascha says:

    I must say, I’m a McRibaholic, but this looks …… comparable. And not a blatant ripoff either with the different bun, and the lack of drenching it in BBQ. I will be trying it, good review Ryan.

  7. Billy T. says:

    I’ve never understood why the McRib has such a following. I couldn’t finish the thing and I’m a fat guy who never wastes food unless it’s rotting, moldy, or a McRib.

  8. Lancaster says:

    One thing Burger King seems reluctant to do is invent names for their sandwiches (other than the Whopper). “Rib Sandwich”? Forgettable. How about “Ribber”?

  9. MP says:

    Just a little bit of sodium at 1530mg

  10. Harold says:

    Great sandwhich, but I really love their french fries even more.

  11. Sascha says:

    Ryan, spot on regarding the sauce, much more spice and kick then what comes on a McRib. However, since I’m not a pickle eater, I found myself missing the onions. I definitely like the pork at McDonald’s better, but the sauce better at BK, but I figured I would enjoy the smaller amount of sauce (mine got a lot more than yours, Ryan) but ended up really wanting the sandwich slathered in sauce. Not bad, but not a McRib.

  12. Robert says:

    Nice to see Burger King get something right. Now if they would just fix the burgers, fries, and chicken I might start eating their again.

    • Sascha says:

      Their chicken is fine. By that I mean the Tendercrisp, the original is crap and the grilled usually a bit dry (BRING BACK THE BK BROILER) but the crispy chicken is really good.

  13. Ron says:

    I tried the Rib sandwich today in RI and the bun, pickles and rib patty were all good, but the sauce was too spicy for me. So if I can use McDonalds sauce and BK’s rib, I would be happy. Also, paying 3.99 for it will ensure I won’t be trying it twice. The McRib was a dollar less in this area.

  14. John says:

    terrible sandwich. meat had no flavor at all. sandwich was drowning in horrible BBQ sauce. not worth the money.

  15. everett says:

    i felt it had good taste but the texture of a hot ddog

  16. Lone Ranger says:

    I’ve ate the new Burger King “Rib Sandwich” twice now, not bad but NOT as good as a McRib. Its too small and near ZERO BBQ sauce….. I’ll try the pulled pork sandwich next time

  17. Nooo says:

    Agree with lone ranger. I just tried these and feel the mcrib to be a lot better. All bun no flavor

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