Burger King's 'Big King' Is Nothing Like a McDonald's Big Mac

Photos by Christina Uticone
I loved this burger. (Now that's a whopper.)
That Burger King expects us to see their new double-decker "Big King" sandwich as some kind of NEW menu item is a little insulting. I don't even eat Big Macs, and I knew this was a straight copycat before I took the first bite. Here is the sandwich description from the Burger King website:

Our new BIG KING™ Sandwich features two savory fire-grilled beef patties, topped with, melted American cheese, fresh cut iceberg lettuce, crisp onions, crunchy pickles, and featuring a sweet thousand island style dressing, all on a warm, toasted, sesame seed bun.

Once you recover from the grammar that just happened, I'm confident that you will see -- as I did -- that even on spec, this sandwich is nothing more than a freaking Big Mac.

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Still don't get it.
When I picked up my Big King sandwich, I had to laugh at the wonky middle bun that was jammed between the two beef patties. I stopped laughing when I took my first bite, which was full of so much bread that I could barely find the meat. The BK Big King lacks the heft and weight of the Big Mac, which comes from two huge beef patties; the Big King patties are tiny in comparison. While the sandwich wasn't drowning in "sweet thousand island style dressing," it did have an overwhelming effect when combined with the bread, which felt really soggy, especially in the middle.

Oh, and while it's true that I don't personally dig Big Macs, I did make sure to have a few bites for comparison when my husband brought one home last weekend. It was exactly as I remembered it, and it tasted almost exactly like the BK Big King. As such, I can't think of one compelling reason why Big Mac lovers should switch to BK to try this sandwich. Why buy the knockoff when the original is already cheap and readily available? The only conceivable audience I can think of for the Big King is people who love everything about the Big Mac but just wish it had fire-grilled BK meat instead. So, if you're one of those guys? Today's your day, my man. Carpe promo.


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12 comments
flippingidiots
flippingidiots

You are a freaking idiot.  First off, the Big Mac is made of the same meat from their cheeseburger, called 1:10, not the large beef patties or 1:4. Therefore it is the same size patty but Burger King flame boils instead of steam presses their meat. Secondly, this whole review is a waste of time because anyone can see in a 2 second window that this is their version of the best selling fast food sandwich. 

clcutts
clcutts

I'll stick with Lankfords.

Eric Walls
Eric Walls

And what the fuck is the Houston Press doing posting on Facebook at 3am? Wait. Are you doing coke and coming up with more Top 10 places to fart in Houston? I BET YOU ARE, HOUSTON PRESS!

Eric Walls
Eric Walls

I decided to try that the other day. It's a sorry excuse for a burger. It's so damn small.

marc_anderson_1981
marc_anderson_1981

I went to both McDonald's and Burger King's nutritional facts pages and found that the Big King weighs 190g while the Big Mac weighs 215g. It seems to be the case that the Big Mac actually has more meat than the Big King since the Big Mac has a reported 25g of protein while the Big King has only 18g. As you can see, I have no life, but if I found the will to interact with the world I would probably go get a Big Mac.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Uticone, you screwed the pooch on this one.  A Big Mac uses the standard, small sized patties. The two patties together add up to 3.2 ounces.  They are quite small and certainly not huge as you stated.  Perhaps you should do a follow up post where you actually go to McDonald's and eat a Big Mac and then compare the two.

achabot
achabot

First off you state you don't even eat Big Macs so how can you do a comparison? Take it from me I've eaten a lot of fast food and even though the Bic Mac taste better, there's no way that McDonald's burgers are bigger than the ones offered at BK. I agree the middle bun is a little too much, but the BK Big King is cheaper and more filling.

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

@Bruce_AreI usually have a few bites when Josh orders a Big Mac, and I did just a few days before I ate this sandwich. 


Please don't make me eat a Big Mac. Let's just say you're right and I'm wrong. That way I don't have to eat a Big Mac, which is really the best outcome from where I'm sitting.


Merry Christmas! :)

marc_anderson_1981
marc_anderson_1981

@Bruce_Are @marc_anderson_1981 

Thanks for the correction, but something doesn't add up with the reported weights and the nutritional profiles. With the extra 2.4 ounces (68g) of meat, I would have expected the BK to have much more protein. The only thing that I can think of is that BK uses a more fatty hamburger. Why I am interested in this is still beyond my understanding. I haven't been the either BK or McD's in years.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@conebaby

I try to like what you write but sometimes you make it difficult. Dude came on a bit strong in criticizing you few days ago, but you do sometimes come across as a brat that wrinkles her nose up at food the commoners eat. Not sure why you feel compelled to review foods you have contempt for.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@marc_anderson_1981

My conviction is derived from having eaten both hamburgers. Also, I used to work at McDonald's albeit a few years ago.

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