Burger King, Park Ridge, NJ
The new BIG KING Sandwich features two fire-grilled beef patties, topped with melted American cheese, fresh cut iceberg lettuce, crisp onions, crunchy pickles and features a sweet thousand island style dressing, all on a warm, toasted, sesame seed bun.
Well, that's all partially true... and my buddy Capone pretty much nailed it in his emailed review to me.... (nice job Chris). And I'm glad you now know about ordering "off the grill" or as some BK locations refer to it: "off the fryer". When you request this, your burger sidesteps the steam drawer and goes directly from flame-broiled grill to sandwich. This makes for a much fresher tasting burger and some days, when I'm lucky, my burgers are even a little pink inside (see the photo of my receipt below).
Back to the burger...
I agree that the bun-to-burger ratio was unbalanced with too much bread, specifically, the middle bread slice. The raw onions did, in fact, over-power the sandwich to some degree. McDonald's Big Mac onions have a very distinct flavor, as do White Castle's onions (I believe they use reconstituted onions in both cases) which are almost impossible to replicate. And lastly, the thousand island dressing on my Big King was almost non existent. There you have it, two people trying the same burger at locations 50 miles apart - the good news is that BK is maintaining consistency across its locations (NJ at least) - the bad news is that the Big King is just an "okay" fast food burger. One more thing in the interest of fairness; if you were to compare a bacon cheeseburger at a North Jersey tavern vs. a bacon cheeseburger from a South Jersey tavern you would most likely experience two very different meals.
The Big King/Big Mac duel is more like an impersonation than it is a comparison of "like" ingredient burgers. Lastly, and for the record, I did my best not to compare the two burgers, but rather to simply taste Burger King's "version" of the Big Mac with an open mind and an optimistic palette. In the words of the ever-stoic Vinny the Cat: "yeah, not really". 7/10 on the BC rating scale.
|Out first Burger King stop on the Garden State Parkway (Exit 173) was very disappointing...|
|Ahhhh, the wildly celebrated yet all but unknown mark of ordering your BK burger "off the fryer"|
|The center cut roll is a bit too much bread...|
|Could've used a bit more sauce...|
|Damn handsome burger....|
|It's legit, you can order off the fryer....|