May 7, 2014

Review: Burger King - BBQ Bacon Whopper

Burger King's new BBQ Bacon Whopper features a quarter-pound, flame-grilled beef patty, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mayo, ketchup, and barbecue sauce on a toasted sesame bun. Along with the new Honey BBQ Chicken Strips, it seems a scaled back nod to last year's barbecue-themed summer menu.

I picked one up for $4.69.

Like the name suggests, the BBQ Bacon Whopper is a Whopper with cheese plus the addition of bacon and barbecue sauce. Of course, that means there are three sauces at play here.

The ketchup mixed in with the barbecue sauce for a combination that was very tangy, smoky, and slightly sweet. The mayo didn't leave much of an impression against it. Still, given the amount of other ingredients, it didn't feel over-sauced.

While Burger King has made the switch to thicker-cut bacon, the flavor was middling and mostly lost against the ketchup-barbecue combo. It was just very slightly crisped.

The lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles were pretty fresh and standard quality-wise. The pickle slices had a bit of sweetness to them.

I could easily go without the cheese. It doesn't do too much flavor-wise and it wasn't melted.

The beef turned out decently with a proper bit of char. To make the Whopper feel heftier than the standard fast food chain burger, they've always had a thinner, wider patty than most competitors. It's really the trademark of the burger for me, but does leave it feeling less meatier.

Overall, Burger King's BBQ Bacon Whopper was a solid but unspectacular burger. It's enjoyable enough but I'd choose Burger King's Rodeo Burger or BBQ Rib Sandwich over it for a barbecue craving at BK.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Bacon Whopper (307g)
Calories - 560 (from Fat - 280)
Fat - 45g (Saturated Fat - 14g)
Sodium - 1200mg
Carbs - 52g (Sugar - 15g)
Protein - 27g