May 20, 2013

Review: Burger King - Rib Sandwich

Burger King's new, limited-time Rib Sandwich is rather minimalistic and features a boneless rib patty, sweet and tangy BBQ Sauce, and butter pickles, on a toasted artisan-style bun.

It's offered at $3.99 in my neighborhood.

While it's easily set up as a rival to McDonald's McRib, they don't even play in the same seasons; the McRib has typically been offered during the fall, whereas the Rib Sandwich has made its debut in the summer. If it's successful enough to bring back, it's possible that the two "rival" sandwiches will never go head to head. But on to the sandwich...

The boneless pork patty was finely ground, juicy, and seems to be seasoned simply with salt. There seems to be minimal shaping here and the key feature that lent it a bit of a rib feel was a healthy (or rather unhealthy) dose of charring that lets you know it's spent some time on the fire. If only Burger King's beef patties came with such a crust.

The butter pickles were thick-cut with good coverage (I got a bit in every bite). They're sweet and paired well with the barbecue sauce.

The barbecue sauce was quite tangy, moderately sweet, and gave just a slight spicy kick. The pork patty isn't smothered in it and that's a good thing as the sauce is fairly strong.

The bun is the same as you find on the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich as well as BK's chicken filet sandwiches. It's sturdy and dense, but soft and reminds me a little of brioche.

Overall, Burger King's Rib Sandwich was pretty good. It actually felt a little like I was eating ribs and the few components worked well together. I haven't had a McRib in a while, but I think I like BK's version better due to better pickles and a nicely charred crust. I did wish for onions a little though.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Rib Sandwich (205g)
Calories - 560 (from Fat - 280)
Fat - 31g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 1530mg
Carbs - 47g (Sugar - 19g)
Protein - 24g


  1. I guess that doesn't look bad but I have a difficult time believing anything at Burger King is any good.

  2. I just had one yesterday and I loved it! I love how tender the patty is which is just the way it should be and the sauce went well with it. I took the pickles off as I don't care for pickles (although I might try it with pickles sometime just for the sake of it) but if this were to go head to head with the McRib then BK might have at least a fighting chance.

  3. Will BuckinghamTuesday, May 21, 2013

    I'm not a fan of pickles as well. I'm thinking of giving it a try tomorrow night and replacing the pickles with onion rings. Sort of a makeshift Rodeo Rib Sandwich.

  4. I actually really like pickles, but that onion ring idea also sounds pretty good.

  5. Just had one. The thing is tiiiiny for its price. I'm a McRib junkie but I gotta admit it is honestly really good. Definitely a different beast compared to McRib. I still prefer McRib for the nostalgia factor and value though (the last deal of $1 McRib add-on for combo was sweet).

  6. Had one and was not impressed at all. The sauce was not good. Defintely not better than the McRib.

  7. Will BuckinghamSunday, May 26, 2013

    Reporting back, it turned out pretty good. It wasn't spectacular, but for a sandwich, particularly from Burger King these days, it was good. I think I'd want a little more BBQ sauce than they gave me on mine next time. Their new nuggets, as poor as ever once they cook even slightly. A bad McDonalds clone if there ever was one.

  8. Will BuckinghamSunday, May 26, 2013

    I felt like it was small, but very dense, particularly with onion rings on it. I'd definitely try it again.

  9. Just to let everyone know. I too liked the McRib however look at the ingredients. Scorched intestines and it's dyed with Yoga Mat dye. I don't know what is in the BK rib but if its anything like the Mcrib No Thanks. Do a google search on it. Tastes good but terrible for you.

  10. I love McRibs, so I was excited to try BK's version of this yesterday. It was just as bad as the rest of their food. I don't understand why people like that terrible smoke flavor all of their meat has. It reminds me of someone putting to much lighter fluid on a charcoal grill. And like other posters mentioned, it was pretty small for the price.

  11. Eating one now, and like the writer i would have liked to have seen some finely chopped raw onion on this. Other than the lack of onions, I do like it better than the McD's rib sandwich.

  12. You are right about the size. It's too expensive for what you get, even though it was very good. The pictures at the restaurant make it appear larger than it really is. I was surprised when I received it because it was so small. They also had supposedly run out of the buns so I got a sesame seed one.

  13. it was awful i would never ever buy another one not only was it nasty it had a tiny bite of sause and one pickle it was just awful i love the mcrib at mcdonalds !

  14. & not worth the price for a little tiny sandwich !

  15. Dis samich be du bomb yo! I emphatically endorse this product.

  16. Funny BK's website doesn't say whether it's beef or pork. Must be berk.


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