Review: Burger King Halloween Whopper With Cheese (New/Limited Time Only)

We first learned of the Halloween Whopper with Cheese from a commercial during Monday Night Football.  Advertising is great, isn’t it??  And feel free to advertise with us by the way…

OK, enough with the shameless plug for revenue for the Fewd Snobs…

A black bun.  That is what we saw.  That’s all that really matters.  Must try.  This thing is too strange NOT to try.

So what the hell is this thing, anyway?  Burger King says, “…with A.1.® flavor baked into the black bun. The sandwich is a ¼ lb. of savory flame-grilled beef topped with melted American cheese, ripe tomatoes, crisp iceberg lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, A.1.® Thick and Hearty Sauce, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun with A.1.® flavor baked into the bun.”

OK.  So, in addition to there being A.1. sauce on the burger, it is also baked into the bun.  Or at least the flavor is.  Ok then.

Also, note this.  We ordered it the way it showed on the menu, and it is a Whopper WITH cheese by default.  The standard Whopper does not have cheese.  You have to add it for additional cost.

So, we didn’t know what to expect.  But, in good Fewd Snobs fashion, off to BK we went…

IMG_20151001_133751470You can see in the feature image, and in the one above, our burger was nicely crushed on one side.  Go figure.  Good job, dorks.

IMG_20151001_133829705_HDRAnd there you have it.

IMG_20151001_133818957_HDRSee it from all sides, people.

IMG_20151001_133846282_HDRReally take it in.  Absorb the image.

IMG_20151001_133856522You can see above, this is a pretty standard Whopper with Cheese.  There is the burger, cheese, some sorry looking lettuce, tomatoes, TONS of mayonnaise, and a little A.1. glopped on it in pretty much one spot.

Although this isn’t specific to this version of the Whopper, it needs to be said.  What the hell happened to the burger on a Whopper??  It is barely there!  They say it is a quarter pound.  Meh.  It isn’t enough when you pile on tons of crappy lettuce, tomato, and a jar of mayo.  You can BARELY taste the burger!  We think this is the case with regular Whoppers, too.  When you actually can taste the burger, it does have that “flame-broiled” taste that Burger King is known for.  But with most bites, we did NOT taste beef at all!  Ugh.  WTF, people?

IMG_20151001_134021276_HDRYou can see above what we are talking about.  The beef to “other” ratio is astounding.

IMG_20151001_133957711_HDRThis isn’t the greatest presentation ever, people.  We don’t expect gourmet here, but seriously?

IMG_20151001_133944049_HDRAnd there you have it.

Overall, there is only one way to describe this burger…it is a regular Whopper with Cheese with a little bit of A.1. on it.  And we mean, a little.  There is so little, we could barely taste it.

The selling point of this burger is the black bun.

It is very strange eating a burger with a black bun.  Yes, it is a psychological effect perhaps.  It just doesn’t seem right to eat a burger that looks like this.

You would think that there would be more to this than just the bun color.  After all, BK says that there is A.1. “flavor” baked into the bun.  Well, if that is true, we didn’t taste it.  AT ALL.  We tried the bun separately multiple times, and neither of us could detect ANY A.1. flavor in the bun.  We think this is kind of stupid.  BK says there is A.1. in it, but you will NOT taste it.  Herman thinks there is a slightly sweet flavor to the bun, but he pretty much says it just tastes like a regular bun.  Sweet, maybe, but NOT A.1.  There is, however, plenty of dye in the bun.  Herman checked BK’s website to see what the dye is.  BK says that the coloring, “…are commonly used in the industry and within the safe and Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”  Um…ok.  Whatever THAT means!

And one other thing…we discovered a…how shall we say…interesting side effect from the dye.  That is all we are going to say.  You don’t want to know.  We might get into that in the next episode of “The Denny and Herman Show,” but not here.

That brings us to the cost.  This little S.O.B. set us back $4.99.  FIVE bucks for that LITTLE amount of beef??  There is NO A.1. flavor in the bun.  It just isn’t worth the money for a black bun.  And in reality, we noticed that just about EVERYTHING seemed priced too high for Burger King.  It isn’t a good value, people.

So, overall, we think this is just a silly novelty for Halloween.  That is all.  Nothing more.  Don’t waste the five bucks.  The black bun isn’t worth it.

1 Comment

  1. Mike Levand

    With the $4.99 price and people gobbling them up just for the color of the bun alone. You can bet that Burger King considers their marketing test a success. Look forward to a colored bun for every Holiday. Red + Christmas, Green + St. Patricks day. Red, White and Blue + 4th of July. It ain’t about the quality or the flavor, it is about the profits made.


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