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.

Sweet Spicy Bacon Burger WhataburgerThe 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.

Whataburger Sweet Spicy 2The 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.

Sweet Spicy Whataburger 3A 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.

Whataburger collageOverall, 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.

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $5.59

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
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

12 comments on “Review: Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger from Whataburger

  1. BigBellyLover says:

    I live in Texas and this was seriously the worst Whataburger I’ve ever eaten.

  2. JJJ says:

    Nothing bores me more than a plain meat/cheese/sauce burger. I think this would have been better if they put a nice thick layer of grilled onions (not the thin smattering of little diced grilled onions) , and some onion strings on it to give it more texture. And maybe some pickles.

    • Jaime says:

      well let me just give you some info on that burger
      you can order however you like and you don’t have to get the way it does though
      i ordered mine like the way you described yours and that was it i got it
      so next time order it however you like don’t go for their way

  3. Dallas says:

    I love Whataburger so much. I’m also an original whataburger lover, can’t beat it!

  4. Thistle says:

    There are so many chains I want to try. I’ve never seen a Whataburger, but one day I shall visit an area where there is one and be able to try them!

    I wish all chains were national.

  5. edh says:

    That looks just awful.

  6. Bob in Texas says:

    I love Whataburger. A friend of mine ordered this the other day and said it was ok.
    My GoTo order is one of these:
    Whataburger with cheese, grilled onions and grilled jalapenos
    The Monterey Melt…..awesome sandwich
    The Patty Melt
    You cant go wrong with any of these.
    Cant blame them for trying.

  7. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This thing looks like a bloody mess. Whataburger is terrible, the only thing they can make right is onion rings which are great. I have gotten sick twice eating their burgers, not impressed with that place. Carl’s Jr. is so much better, and they and Jack in the Box have burgers which taste great and actually look like the ones in the ads which is downright impressive. I was in complete shock the first time I went to either of those places and the burgers were what were advertised.

    • Bob in Texas says:

      I dont know how Carls Jr stays in business here in Dallas. I drive by one every day and there is hardly anyone there….while down the street McDonalds and Wendys have a line of cars??? I put it right there along side Burger King. All the people are miserable and the food tastes like it has been sitting around trying to stay warm. Maybe there not like that in your part of the country but here they suck.

      • JJJ says:

        They are focusing too much on the 1/3 & 1/2 pound burgers. The only 1/4 pound burger you can still get there is the Famous Star. If I get a third pound bacon guac combo, I’m uncomfortably full for the rest of the day. As for the last time I got a 1/2 pounder, I got just the burger and still ended up throwing away a big hunk of it.

  8. Alex says:

    In case you were still thinking about it… don’t try this burger. Get any of the “classics” or a Whataburger.. you cannot go wrong. Tell them to grill your jalapenos as well because that’s delicious.

  9. Bgv says:

    This has been one of the worst burgers I have ever tried..i ate it around 6:00 pm and was bloated all night long.. I couldn’t sleep finally I got up around 3:38 am to throw it up.. My stomach felt way better after that and I could finally get some sleep. I love burgers but this was just too heavy on my stomach and I kept burping all night, every time I burped I could taste this awful burger

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