May 28, 2024

Review: Burger King - Philly Melt

Side view of Burger King's Philly Melt.

Burger King's Philly Melt features two flame-grilled Whopper Jr. patties (for a total of a quarter of a pound prior to cooking), flame-grilled peppers and onions, Swiss cheese, and Savory Royal Sauce, served on two slices of toasted bread.

The burger/sandwich cost me $5.99.

Given it's the same width as a Whopper Jr. but is slightly taller, the Philly Melt (and the whole Melt line) is a fairly small burger that you can easily hold and eat in one hand.

Burger King's Philly Melt opened up.

Toast is one of those things that almost never turns out well from a fast food chain. It's only ever crispy if you lucked out and got a piece that came straight out of the toaster. That didn't happen here, and the toasted surface was just a thin chewy skin on each toast round.

The cheese was nicely melted into a glorious, gooey mess. It was creamy but otherwise very mild.

The beef was moist and somewhat coarse. It's typically hit-or-miss in my experience but there was a bit of flame-grilled char flavor this time (although the charred veggies might have contributed to this), which is always nice. The meat-to-bun ratio was almost one-to-one and delivered meat and cheese in every bite.

The peppers and onions were cooked through and soft. The onions added a bit of sweetness.

The Savory Royal Sauce seemed to be a mayo-based sauce that added an extra hit of umami along with a tangy element.

Cross-section of Burger King's Philly Melt.

The problem with the Philly Melt is that it's pricey for what you get. At my local Burger King, Burger King's Double Cheeseburger costs $3.49, while a Bacon Double Cheeseburger costs $4.39. Both come with the same beef patties as the Philly Melt. The main differences in the Melt are toast instead of a bun, Swiss cheese instead of American cheese, Savory Royal Sauce instead of ketchup and mustard, and peppers and onions instead of pickles. That amounts to an extra $2.50 (a 70% price increase) for toast plus flame-grilled peppers and onions. $4 would be a much more appropriate price.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Philly Melt
Calories - 590
Fat - 38g (Saturated Fat - 16g)
Sodium - 970mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 28g

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