Review: The Big IHOP Pancake Burger
I’m a sucker for novelty restaurant menu items so I had to venture out of the realm of fast food today to grab the new Big IHOP Pancake Burger.
IHOP describes their new Big IHOP Pancake Burger like this:
Our pancakes and Steakburger had a baby! A world-famous buttermilk pancake griddle with Cheddar cheese and layered between two premium Steakburger patties, then topped with American cheese, custom-cured hickory-smoked bacon and our signature IHOP® sauce. Includes choice of side.
I’ll try to forget that first sentence. Let’s review:The double Steakburger patties were thick and meaty. This burger needed to be meaty to balance out the fact that there’s a pancake in the middle of it. I’ll get to the pancake in a sec. A couple of slices of American cheese to goo things up, no issue there. The three slices of hickory-smoked bacon were on the thin side. They weren’t a flavor standout when they absolutely should have been. The look of the burger was impressive, wild even. The selling-point of this burger is that there’s a pancake in the middle of it. Why not use maple-glazed bacon to at least mimic the pancake experience? Custom-cured hickory-smoked bacon can go on all your other menu items that include bacon, not this.Cheddar cheese was used on the pancake part to make it less like a pancake. Taste-wise, this burger missed the mark at being memorable. Just a hint of maple syrup flavor anywhere could have made the experience better. A pancake without syrup is like pizza without cheese. The pancake was actually more like a pizza than it was a worthy stand-alone pancake. A light application of syrup instead of the signature IHOP sauce (which is pretty much like every other tangy burger sauce) could have worked. The effort would’ve been appreciated.In conclusion, the Big IHOP Pancake Burger missed a good opportunity. There are other burgers on the IHOP menu available if you want to play it safe. I wouldn’t call it a bait and switch because I knew what the components of the burger were going into it. I’ll just say it missed its mark at being special.
Pros: Looks impressive as a novelty burger. Tastes decent as a bacon double cheeseburger.
Cons: Unimpressive as a novelty burger. Taste doesn't stand out in any interesting way to support the way it looks.
Price: $11.29 and includes choice of side
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: ihop.com