The Whopper is Burger King‘s signature hamburger; it has stood at the forefront of the brand for the longest of times. I decided to try out this mascot burger to see if was worth a bite, or better left as a last resort.
I’d like to make it very clear that I didn’t order the standard Whopper hamburger, but rather added a slice of cheese to the ‘sandwich.’
The Whopper consists of a “flame grilled” beef patty, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, lettuce, mayonnaise, Heinz tomato sauce, and gherkins in a lightly toasted sesame seed bun. It is wrapped in a bit of grease proof paper to keep all of the ingredients from spilling out, and placed into a burger-sized box. The presentation is both simple and practical. You’ll have to pull back some of the paper before taking your first bite.
Almost all of the ingredients were fresh, crisp, and just perfect for the burger. The additional piece of cheese didn’t at all look out of place and melted enough to give it a soft, gooey texture. My only gripe here was the tomato being slightly green, though that’s often the case with fast food outlets (in my experience).
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Its first bite was a delight as all of the flavours melded together and a combination that almost made me drool as I chew. The mayonnaise has a strong taste, which seemed to overpower some of the other ingredients depending on the chew.
It was difficult to put the thing down and take a few pictures without shoving more of it into my mouth.
A few gluttonous mouthfuls later and I’d consumed two-thirds of the plump burger. It was then I started to notice how satisfied I was feeling with the burger. The Whopper does well as a lunchtime meal, though for supper you may want to get the standard meal – chips and a drink – as well.
Burger King has done well to bet on the Whopper as its signature hamburger. It’s often my go-to food when visiting on of the franchise’s establishments in South Africa. It’s a pity the standard Whopper doesn’t already include a slice of cheese, because it adds to the overall flavour of the delight.
Would I recommend the Whopper to anyone else? Yes, yes I would. It’s a treat for those who enjoy fast food burgers and something that’s also satisfying.
Om nom nom nom (4.0 out of 5.0)
Disclaimer: the review item was purchased from Burger King in Kenilworth, Cape Town, and paid for by Next Window Plz.