Burger King Bakon King Double
Burger King Bakon King Double Review
Calories: 953 kcal.
Burger King UK have extended their Veggie and Plant-based burger range with the introduction of the Bakon King Double and Vegan Royale Bakon King.
The Plant-based Bakon King is also available as a ‘single’ if you prefer a smaller burger.
I am currently on the BK website and am wondering why some spellings of Bakon feature a capital K where others do not…
It also looks like there are more options now featuring “Cheeeze” – again, some menu items spelt with a capital Z and others not. Let’s get some consistency pleaZe…
It was only a matter of time that we would get a “bacon” Plant-based burger at Burger King after the reveal that La Vie had signed an exclusive deal to supply BK UK restaurants with their vegan bacon which “has been voted best plant-based bacon in the UK and has won international food and innovation awards too!”
Now, I am not adverse to Plant-based ingredients and back in January 2020, I gave a very favourable review to/for the Plant-based Whopper (then known as the Rebel Whopper – odd name). And again, the BK website has either Plant-based or Plant Based in their Veggie & Plant Based Burger section.
Pick one and stick to it.
Burger King can’t call the Bakon King Double vegan as it is “cooked on the same broiler as our Whopper to deliver the same unique flame-grilled taste.”
If they could solve this dilemma – i.e. being able to replicate that taste/cooking method and making it 100% vegan then I bet they would sell more. Maybe.
I first stumbled across these new items coming to the BK menu in late December but at the time, it was called the Plant-based Bakon Double Cheeeze XL… (see tweet from 27/12).
Since then, BK have decided to throw egg-free mayo and ketchup on it and fit it into the Bacon/Bakon King range.
But how was it? And does it offer a decent meat-free alternative to the regular Bacon King?
As you can see from the images, the Bakon King Double isn’t much of a looker and I can’t describe how bad the four “slices of smooth Vegan Cheezee” are. If you think slices of processed cheese are fake, this really steals the award.
Regular bacon at both McDonald’s and Burger King can be hit and miss (and that’s being kind) but this La Vie “facon” was certainly not crispy as described on the BK website.
Just take a look at it – someone on Twitter referred to it as “a chopped up leather belt” and who could disagree?
Let’s get one thing straight – I have no beef with plant-based products and I actually enjoy BK’s patty. But overall, the Bakon King Double is a rather sad burger and I wouldn’t recommend it.
For me, I just see it as pointless if it is cooked on the same broiler as the regular beef patties and if this is the future (i.e. no meat products sold) then I’m glad to have been around in the glory days of the Bacon Double XL, Big King and Mushroom Swiss.
That Bakon… what can you say? Looking back at the pictures it almost reminds me of sliced kebab meat (which I am a fan of).
I’m struggling for words in this review.
It doesn’t help by the mayo either – yes I understand this is used to counter dryness, but in retrospect, I would have preferred it without both sauces.
Biting in, you get that trademark flame-grilled taste and a slight smokiness from the bakon but it is soon lost by the creaminess of the mayo and the odd glimpse of ketchup now and then.
Not a fan. Never will be.
Would I have the Bakon King Double again? I would hope you know my answer to this question.
Am I tempted by the Vegan Royale? Not in the slightest.
With the Double McPlant and Spicy Sriracha One (new wrap) at McDonald’s from Wednesday 4th January, I will be saving my pennies for these.
Hoping to have both reviewed at some point in the next week or so.
In the meantime, I will leave you with the remaining images of the Burger King Plant-based Bakon King Double.
A bit of a mouthful in name, but wasn’t really worth the money, time or even a review…
From Deliveroo, it is priced at £8.49 for the burger only or £10.49 for a large meal. Eye watering I know, yet 10p cheaper than the actual restaurant menu price I am looking at.
If meat-free is the future at Burger King, they have some work to do regarding some core ingredients.
I like the patty (although that’s probably down to being cooked on the same broiler as the meat) but that fake bacon needs some work – innovation awards or not.
C’est La Vie.
Timeframe: 12:00 – 14:00
Delivery Time: 20 mins
Distance: 2.6 miles
Service Fee: £0.99
Delivery Fee: £0.00 with Deliveroo Plus
Current Rating: 3.8 Good (500+)