Burger King Whopper Review
Burger King Whopper:
What they say:
Our WHOPPER® Sandwich is a ¼ lb of savoury flame-grilled beef topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh cut lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun.
Calories: 627 kcal.
I have a confession to make. This is my first ever Whopper.
Yes, in the time I have been on this earth and since starting this website back in 2012, I have never had the flagship Burger King burger (or sandwich?) which was invented in 1957.
Call yourself a burger reviewer? This is an outrage…
Hear me out a minute.
OK, so long-term readers of BURGER LAD® will know of my previous semi-aversion to ketchup, mayo and fresh tomato. A fear which has been conquered in the seven years of writing this site.
The Whopper just never appealed to me – looking at the list of ingredients it was not a burger I would choose to have when there were other options on the menu such as the Bacon Double XL, Big King or even the Double Rodeo or Angus Steakhouse.
To my (minor) credit, I have sampled an extensive list of Whopper variants such as the Halloween, Angry, Angriest, Meat Lovers, Quattro Cheese, Cheddar, Pulled Pork BBQ, Crunchy Cheese, Winter, Smokey Mountain etc. etc… but never the original (and arguably best) Whopper.
The classic, unaltered Whopper which has graced our high street and drive-thrus for decades. Shameful I know…
This icon of fast food burgers has been in the media again recently – the latest PR stunt, to hide the Big Mac behind every Whopper in their advertising in 2019.
I don’t really want to delve too deeply into the history of the Whopper or past marketing campaigns, promotions or competitor spats.
Below, you will get my honest and open opinion on the Whopper and in brief, I am happy to report back that I have been missing out all these years.
The Burger King Whopper isn’t the most amazing looking fast food burger in the land nor is it the cheapest.
People have commented on disintegrating buns or sauce/mayo overload but I didn’t get any of that today. I appreciate not every build is always going to be the same.
It’s a big burger (or sandwich?) but that’s more in circumference than thickness. I do agree that the salad to meat ratio is slightly skewed in favour of the lettuce, onion, tomatoes and pickles and that’s probably where the Double Whopper would offer a significantly better burger.
I saw on the menu they also do a Triple Whopper. Next time this might have to be a future review with added bacon and cheese. I do miss having cheese on the Whopper but wanted to have it as it was intended.
Opening the branded burger wrap you get that trademark BK flame-grilled smell which in all honesty I have missed.
I’ve made a vow to review many more items from Burger King in 2020 and beyond.
This also brings me to my next point and why now is the perfect opportunity to review the BK Whopper.
I’ve heard rumblings that the plant-based Rebel Whopper is due for a UK release in January (to rival McDonald’s new vegan nugget things and KFC’s Imposter Burger).
I could not walk into a review of the Rebel Whopper not having had the original as a benchmark.
Biting in, you get the flame-grilled goodness which is met with a respectable ensemble of salad components.
The main one being the fresh onion which works nicely with the beef. The pickles get a bit lost and as a staunch hater of fresh tomato, I could barely detect it – which could mean that the blend of everything worked wonders together OR that the quality isn’t great so had no flavour.
I’m not sure which camp I am in on that one as of writing.
I found my Whopper to be the opposite of a sloppy mess – there was just the right amount of mayo and ketchup on my build and I walked away from Burger King feeling both satisfied, surprised and just a little shameful it has only been now that I’ve made myself sample this fast food hall of famer.
Who would have ever thought it?
Me enjoying a burger which is predominantly made-up of ingredients that are not my first choice on a burger. I actually loved the combination of salad, sauces and beef.
Yes it is expensive (£6.99 for a large meal) and fairly basic but I believe the simplicity of the beef patty with that salad mixture is what makes the Whopper and keeps it such a firm favourite to countless Burger King aficionados around the globe.
I was sorry to admit this was my first ever Whopper today, but after my experience, I now understand and respect what has made this such a success for over 60 years.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for your support in 2019 and wish you a very Happy New Year and hope to see you back here in 2020.