Review of Burger King Double Quarter Pounder
What they say:
Featuring more than ½ lb. of flame-grilled 100% beef, topped with all of our classic favorites: American cheese, freshly sliced onions, zesty pickles, ketchup, & mustard all on a toasted sesame seed bun.
Calories: 900 kcal.
I’m a longtime patron of nearly every fast food chain, but I’ve always been far more interested in the gimmick of new menu items than how the food actually tastes.
Of course, when I signed on as Burger Lad’s US Executive Correspondent, I realised that my duties would occasionally extend past “hey, isn’t this concept interesting”.
Even with this understanding, when a new burger was unveiled in the US this week, I still didn’t initially see much fodder for a several hundred word review.
Then came the ad campaign for Burger King’s new Double Quarter Pound King.
All of the sudden, they managed to take a simple carbon copy of McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and turn it into a full-scale declaration of war on their primary competitor.
Commercials have featured The King blowing up flat-tops and attending the rival hamburger’s funeral.
Needless to say, Burger King’s approach was just audacious enough to pique my interest, but the question remained – you may have the same ingredients as the DQPWC, but how does the quality stack up?
Of course, there’s only one way to find out… a head-to-head taste test!
I started out at McDonald’s where I paid $5.29 for the original half-pound beast.
I quickly drove the food over to a neighbouring BK and grabbed their version for ten cents more.
I unwrapped both sandwiches and immediately noticed that the Double Quarter Pound King was quite a bit larger than its more tenured competitor.
Inside, the ingredients were identical: two quarter pound beef patties, two slices of American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.
First, I dug into the McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
I typically prefer a more balanced meat to bun ratio, so, this was actually my first time trying one… and it was really good.
It’s small but mighty bun held together the meaty/cheesy concoction well.
I’m new to this whole “reviewing” thing, so although I enjoyed what I had just consumed, I couldn’t immediately tell what was missing.
After another few bites, I realized that while the hamburger patty and cheese were delicious, I could barely detect ANY of the toppings.
This never seemed to be a problem when I’ve ordered single Quarter Pounders, so I just assumed this same issue might plague the Burger King offering.
Having established a baseline for its critique, the time came to try the Double Quarter Pound King. From the very first bite, I could tell this sandwich was phenomenal.
I know its promotion centers around the flame-grilled patties, but every single ingredient of this behemoth got a chance to shine.
Don’t get me wrong, the beef was perfect, but the cheese was melty, the ketchup and mustard were tangy, the onions were crisp and the pickles were thick-sliced and crunchy.
As I continued to devour the King, it became increasingly more evident that I was eating a Double Whopper with slightly varied ingredients.
So, for all of you jealous Europeans reading along, you could literally go to BK, order a Whopper with the Quarter Pounder with Cheese’s ingredients and enjoy the exact same recipe as the Double Quarter Pound King. No need for intercontinental jealousy (this time).
My final takeaway was clear… both are terrific, but the Double Quarter Pound King is the superior burger.
It bests McDonald’s in beef, bun and toppings. Overall, I give BK’s a 9/10 and McDonald’s a 7.5/10.
So, hit your local Burger King and “Have It Your Way” – build your own Double Quarter Pound King and let us know what you think!
Consumer Time Capsule
US Executive Correspondent
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