Review: Whopperrito from Burger King
Some fast food items sound like a good idea on paper and then disappoint with poor execution. Some fast food items seem like they’d be gross and then I’m pleasantly surprised. The new Whopperrito from Burger King seemed like a bad idea to me and it turned out to be pretty mediocre. Just because a test market item gets some media buzz doesn’t mean you have to rush out a lackluster product. Clearly the BK business model doesn’t factor in quality control as much as I’d like.
Burger King describes their new Whopperrito like this:
The WHOPPERRITO™ is made with savory flame-grilled 100% beef and seasoned with a special blend of spices to deliver the ultimate burger-burrito mashup. It’s stuffed with a creamy Queso, pickles, diced onions, juicy tomatoes, and crisp lettuce all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
I feel that Burger King has enough issues with maintaining the quality of their core menu items and that rehashing the mediocre ingredients doesn’t help things. To get some positives out of the way, I was surprised at how meaty the Whopperrito was. Maybe the chopped up pieces of beef patty were stacked just right or something, but it seemed that most bites had a nice-sized morsel of meat. I found the “special blend of spices” provided a nice taco seasoning taste which primarily was highlighted by chili powder. The “creamy Queso” was barely there on my Whopperrito so it was good that the burger pieces with taco seasoning provided enough of a memorable flavor. I wasn’t feeling the gummy tortilla wrap. It just wasn’t very appetizing and it pretty much ruined the meal. If BK grilled the Whopperrito to crisp up the tortilla a little before serving it, the overall product would be more appetizing. I know this product is replicating a Whopper burger in a burrito, but I didn’t feel like there was any need to include lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. It’s just a little off-putting to have a mix of soggy, warm iceberg lettuce and tomato in a burrito. You can brand a product with the Whopperrito name, use the same flame-grilled beef and all and not have to go all out and throw in everything that makes the original Whopper subpar. I guess there’s always room for five other versions of the Whopperrito eventually. To be clear, although I’m able to point out some decent parts, I didn’t enjoy the Whopperrito enough to recommend it. I couldn’t help but think that the Whopperrito kinda sucks, but it would make a pretty good Whopper. At a price of $3.69, it’s not a terrible value because it’s heftier than I expected it to be. Burger King seems to be on a mission to make a Whopper version of anything. The Whopper Dog wasn’t very appetizing and to think that the Whopperrito would be more than just a viral publicity grab is giving BK too much credit. Who’s looking forward to the Whopper Pizza? Whopper Fries? I’d much prefer an improved Whopper period.
Pros: Meaty. Flavored like taco seasoning.
Cons: Creamy Queso was barely there. Tortilla.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 570
Total Fat - 26 grams
Saturated Fat - 11 grams
Carbs - 59 grams
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Sodium - 1110 milligrams
Protein - 29 grams