I am (was) a virgin when it comes to Whoppers and Big Macs. Just have never been inclined to try one. Closest I came to a Whopper previously was living in Paris, and my girlfriend went on a trot to find one for me as a treat. She was unsuccessful, I think it was a time issue, and came home with the ingredients to make me one. Outstanding effort on behalf of a beautiful vegetarian girlfriend.
The Whopper was invented by one of the Burger King founders in 1957 and originally sold for 37 cents. It has become one of the most iconic fast food offerings in the U.S. and has gone through several different recipes and configurations in its history. The current version is a single quarter pound flame-broiled hamburger patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sliced onion. Keeping to its marketing slogan of “have it your way,” stores will add additional condiments upon request, and cheese, bacon and more meat patties at an additional price. There is also a “Whopper Jr” available.
The occasion for me trying one as stopping in this Arkansas town late at night, few other dining options, and a having a coupon that reduced the price to “free.” My second favorite “f word.”
It doesn’t suck. The flame grilling method (or smoke flavor) in the meat gives the sandwich a distinct beefy flavor other fast food burgers lack. At least among the big three – as I have never found McDonalds or Wendy beef patties to have much if any flavor, beyond those of the condiments. The Whopper can be a messy affair however, probably not suitable for eating while driving. Just ask my shirt.
But having bravely tackled my first Whopper and lived, perhaps a Big Mac is in my future? BTW, Burger King has added a burger called the “Big King”, which is their two patty, three bun version of the Big Mac.
The fries don’t suck either, I had the original ones, not the new reduced fat version. Fry wise, I continue to think Wendy’s natural cut sea salt fries are the best, as long as you get them right from the fryer and eat them immediately. But my favorite side remains Arby’s steak-house onion rings, the best rings ever offered by a fast food giant.
Burger King Whopper Review