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Oct 20, 2021

Review: Burger King - Garlic & Bacon King

Burger King's Garlic & Bacon King features one or two flame-grilled beef patties, new crispy garlic pieces, American cheese, thick-cut bacon, and mayo on a toasted sesame seed bun.

It's normally $6.69 for a single patty version but there was a deal that discounted it to $5 in the app.

For the most part, the Garlic & Bacon King isn't much different from the Bacon King, as it's a Bacon King minus ketchup and plus the new garlic pieces.

The garlic was battered and fried with a similar feel to French's Crispy Fried Onions but with garlic instead of onions. There was just the slightest bitterness to them and a strong garlic punch. Texture-wise, they're only lightly crispy. They added an enjoyable flavor to everything because they didn't have any other strong flavors to contend with.

The beef of the patty is a finer grind than you get on the premium end at Wendy's or McDonald's. Despite the promise of flame-grilling, there wasn't any searing or charring to it, which was especially noticeable given the simplicity of the Garlic & Bacon King.

The cheese was thoroughly melted with the expected mild flavor, and the bacon was crisp with little flavor (which was also as expected). The bun had very little, if any, toasting to it.

When it comes down to it, the Burger King Garlic & Bacon King feels like a classic fast food burger from back in the day but with a hefty price. Like the Whopper and other King burgers, it's a large burger in terms of width, but the beef patty didn't quite reach the edges of the bun and was relatively thin due to the width (also probably so that it cooks faster). The result was a burger that felt merely adequate rather than abundant, which doesn't work out well given the premium pricing. I did like the garlic though.