Thursday, September 29, 2011

$1 Burgers: Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's Compared

I don't go for a cheeseburger for lunch often, but when I do, I want to really enjoy it. That is what gave me the idea for this review. Of all the cheap cheeseburgers in the world, which is best? So I selected a few of what I thought would be the likeliest to produce the best cheap cheeseburger available; Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's. I thought about adding Hardee's in too, but I figured three would be enough for now. Maybe I'll catch Hardee's for a different comparison.

The review needed to be controlled and fair, so I got the same condiments on each burger: ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion. I also specifically wanted to test each of the chains' cheap cheeseburger offering, so each burger had a menu price of $.99 or $1.00. Here is my review of each cheeseburger:

Burger King - Burger King was more visually appealing right out of the chute. It has a sesame seed bun, which adds a lot to the visual. This burger also has that delicious charbroiled flavor, which is quite distinct from the other two. I would have liked more onion, and would have liked for the onion to have been diced.

McDonald's - I detected instant disadvantages with McDonald's cheeseburger. The bread had a chewier consistency, and was not very flavorful. This was a pretty basic and uninteresting cheeseburger.

Wendy's - Wendy's cheeseburger had a couple attributes that stood out. One was the pickle. It was a good pickle. It was a strong pickle. It was a little too much pickle taste and flavor for the cheeseburger. That pickle would have been outstanding had it been balanced with a larger, hardier, burger. The other interesting characteristic was the cheese. The cheese seemed very gooey and runny, but it was okay cheese anyway. 

Here is the tale of the tape on the three burgers:

Cheap Cheeseburger Comparison Chart

As you can see, the cheeseburgers are very similar in nutritional content.  The service time was comparable at each of the three drive-thrus.  The bag and wrapper packaging was more attractive on the Burger King and McDonald's offering.

So who won?  Burger King, hands down.  While they did charge a penny more for their burger, it was more than worth it!  Frankly, McDonald's burger was just dull and chewy, and Wendy's was sloppy and had some odd flavors.  At least next time I won't have to think so hard when it's time to go get a burger.

Thank you, oh Burger King, for gracing us with your delicious sesame seed buns and charbroiled patties of goodness.

P.S.  I didn't actually eat all of the three burgers, I just ate half of each, but I did finish the Burger King burger  :o)  Also, I am not affiliated with or even know anybody that works at any of the three chains.  Thanks.

1 comment:

  1. I've had all three as well. There is still a lot of personal preference involved. McDonald's cheese tastes the best. Wendys has real albeit purple onions. I don't like BK's charbroiled taste. Wendys never seems to be hot enough for me. of the three, I prefer McDonalds.


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