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Review: Burger King’s Big King

Burger King has recently rolled out a Big Mac copycat known as the Big King. The Big King features the familiar configuration of two beef patties, two slices of cheese, pickles, onions, iceberg lettuce, and a special sauce all between a sesame seed bun with a third bun in the middle. It was first featured on the menu over a decade ago, and, like the previous time it was offered, it will be available only for a limited time. I bought the new Big King for $3.99.

How Does It Taste?

Burger King Big King

Burger King appears to be reevaluating their market strategy. Their strategy in the not-so-distant past used to be a crapshoot of releasing a large number of quirky items and hoping that one of them stuck. Lately, Burger King has taken a step back and is focusing more on value deals and taking away customers from their competitors with items like the new Big King burger. Whatever their game plan, though, I just hope I don’t have to see that creepy king in their latest commercials.

The Big King looks vaguely like a Big Mac, but the biggest difference is that the Big King features close to double the amount of beef featured on a Big Mac. As usual, Burger King is fairly sloppy with their sandwich construction, but that can be forgiven since I found the Big King to be pretty enjoyable.

Burger King Big King

The Big King was a bit of an odd burger for me to eat. It featured characteristics of a Big Mac as well as the Whopper. It could almost be described as a Whopper in drag. My mind tried to force the burger to taste like a Big Mac, but the fire-grilled beef patties kept reminding me that it’s really a Whopper with Big Mac-esque toppings.

I have to say I preferred almost everything about the Big King to the Big Mac. The beef patties tasted much better and were also thicker. The onions were actual slices rather than the reconstituted onions found on McDonald’s signature sandwich. The lettuce, while still iceberg, was in thicker pieces instead of that paper shredded stuff McDonald’s uses. I also much preferred the tangy and crunchy pickles to the flimsy and weak pickles featured on the Big Mac. About the only area where I give the round to McDonald’s in is the “secret sauce”, but it only wins by a small margin. McDonald’s sauce is a bit richer, whereas Burger King’s sauce is more on the tangy side. I also wish the Big King had just a touch of extra sauce on it.

Burger King Big King

I never thought the Big Mac was the greatest burger on earth or even at McDonald’s, but the Big King proved to be a superior sandwich in too many ways to disregard. The Big King even sports a slightly lower calorie count than McDonald’s crown jewel. Overall I was quite pleased with the Big King. I would probably still order a Whopper over the Big King, but it was a tasty fast food burger and a worthy competitor for McDonald’s.

Overview

The Big King takes the familiar ingredients and configuration of McDonald’s Big Mac and packages them in Burger King style. While the Big Mac is a decent sandwich, I found myself preferring the Big King in almost all categories. The fire-grilled beef patties were thicker and tastier than the Big Mac’s, and the produce was all around better. The Big Mac’s sauce is better, but the sauce on the Big King is still pretty good. I’d recommend giving the Big King a try before it goes off the menu again.

The Score

Taste: 7.5/10
Presentation: 5/10

What I liked: Fire-grilled patties, preferred it over a Big Mac, onion slices instead of reconstituted onions, crispy pickles combined with the tangy secret sauce.
What I didn’t like: A bit messy to eat, onions were particularly weak in flavor, needed a bit more sauce

Nutrition Facts

Big King Burger from Burger King
Calories: 510
Calories from Fat:
Total Fat: 29g
Sat. Fat: 10g
Trans Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 780mg
Carbs: 38g
Dietary Fiber:
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 18g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.

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