I’ve been excited about trying out the Bacon King burger, I really have. A few people that have tried to dissuade me from trying it (especially those that don’t eat fast food, for some reason), but I need to try these things. On a Wednesday evening, I finally made the trek to a branch that actually offered the burger. And, well, I’m still not sure what to think.
Burger King’s ‘no bacon’ launch
There was a big hoo-ha when Burger King initially launched in South Africa. You see, in the US, some of the franchise’s burgers come with bacon as a standard ingredient. Due to a large number of religions in SA that don’t eat pork, it was easy to see why Burger King didn’t include the cured meat. To me, this didn’t detract from the taste. I still enjoy a Double Whopper with Cheese Sandwich and Original Chicken Sandwich every now and then.
Some of the Burger King burgers have been hit-or-miss for me. The restaurant’s version of the Big Mac–the Big King (Our review)–for example, was just not a great attempt at the competition. The Stacker range also leaves much to be desired.
The Bacon King, a burger
The Bacon King is big. It’s a pretty hefty burger, which is both a positive and negative. On one hand, I love that value for money, but on the other, it quickly overstayed its welcome, forcing me through the last few bites. I’m a big guy, but there’s only so far I can push my stomach.
The Bacon King is made up of two beef patties, two slices of cheese, three rashers of bacon, mayonnaise, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but the burger needs a bit of green. Don’t get me wrong, though, I love that list of ingredients, but it just doesn’t hit its mark.
Take away the bacon, ketchup and mayonnaise and you have yourself a good ‘old fashioned cheeseburger. You’re gonna taste the Burger King flavour right away. Add in the bacon and there’s a bit of a smokey, BBQ taste to it. The first few bites were decent enough.
Finally, add in the mayonnaise. I started to realise that something seemed off about the taste. The combination of Burger King’s mayonnaise and two slices of cheese created a Melrose Spread flavour. It’s quite off-putting and just reminds me of school lunches. I guess there are people who are fond of the flavour?
A ham-fisted attempt
All of the ingredients combine to form a burger that is just average in almost every way. It’s really a shame as it’s an offering that could stand out in an over-saturated burger market. I know I’ve written quite a few negatives in this piece, but I still do recommend trying out the Bacon King. Even if it’s once. It’s an experience, to say the least, and a sad reminder of what could have been with Burger King’s SA division.
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