Review: Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger from Whataburger
I love Whataburger. As a Texas resident this may come as no surprise. My love stems mostly from the flawless goodness of the original Whataburger. Many of their limited time offerings (Chop House Cheddar Burger, Monterey Melt, etc.) have left me wishing I hadn’t strayed from my typical order. The higher prices and lack of balance made me question whether any future limited time offerings would give me as much pleasure as the standard Whataburger. Enter the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger and the following GrubGrade review.
The company website describes the burger as “stacked high with two beef patties, sizzling bacon, grilled onions, Monterey Jack and American cheese, mustard and Whataburger’s very own Sweet & Spicy Pepper sauce.” Priced at $5.59 for the sandwich, I expected it to be a hearty and filling option that alone would constitute a meal. In this I was not disappointed. The two large beef patties represent what I’ve come to expect from Whataburger and were well-sized and seasoned.
The amount of onions can often be a chore to eat when raw on a Whataburger, but the grilled aspect brought out a sweetness that made them a delight to consume. I found the bacon to have a pretty standard flavor and is more on the crunchy side. Between the hefty serving of beef and grilled onions, it does not stand out but certainly adds to the overall flavor of the sandwich. The toasted Whataburger bun remains wonderful and is unchanged here.
A major standout quality of this burger is the Sweet and Spicy Pepper Sauce paired with mustard. Typically, these limited time offerings have an overwhelming saltiness that makes them near inedible when compared to the mustard/lettuce/tomato/pickles balance experienced in a standard Whataburger. Having the Sweet and Spicy Pepper Sauce combined with the yellow mustard provides the burger with a unique flavor that ensures the eater is not overwhelmed by any one taste. Those looking for a high level of heat will be disappointed, as the sweetness tends to be more dominant. More subtle than barbecue sauce, the sweet flavor more closely mirrors gourmet ketchup and does not overpower the other flavors present. There is only a hint of pepper flavor and almost no visible flakes. The Monterey Jack and American cheese are not distinguishable in each bite, but when tasted separately have distinct flavors that combine to make the burger especially cheesy and flavorful.
Overall, I would say this item stands out from the majority of limited offerings I’ve tried at Whataburger. The complexity of the condiments and addition of grilled onions help to offset the saltiness of the beef and cheese while providing a unique flavor experience. Not too spicy or sweet, the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger is a joy to eat. However, those looking for a bacon burger as the name suggests may be disappointed in the pedestrian flavor and quantity of this ingredient. At $5.59 for the burger alone and $7.69 with fries and a large drink at my local store, the value is not quite there when compared to the traditional Whataburger currently priced at $3.29. That being said, those seeking an extra beefy burger with a unique flavor should look no further. I can only hope the Sweet and Spicy Pepper sauce is used on future Whataburger menu items.
Pros: Big, filling burger. Wonderful sauce combination. Quite cheesy.
Cons: Too expensive. Lack of standout bacon.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: http://whataburger.com/food/item/sweet-and-spicy-bacon-burger
Weight - 390 grams
Calories - 1070
Total Fat - 61 grams
Saturated Fat - 23 grams
Cholesterol - 135 milligrams
Sodium - 2270 milligrams
Carbs - 69 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 18 grams
Protein - 59 grams