A couple of nights ago, one of my sisters and I stopped to eat at a Burger King restaurant in West Hartford, Connecticut. Before we went there I brought along a little booklet of Burger King coupons that I received in the mail a week earlier.
Among the coupons that were in the booklet was a coupon valid for a free BK King burger with the purchase of a BK King burger at regular price.
Since I’d been wanting to try one of these new burgers anyhow, I decided to use one of the coupons so I could get two burgers for the price of one. When I asked the girl who served us to describe the BK King burger, she stated that it is similar to the Big Mac sandwich from McDonald’s. Since I love eating Big Macs, I figured that the BK King burger would be an item I would really enjoy.
After eating two BK King burgers as well as a Big Mac from McDonald’s within the past two weeks, I thought they would be good products to compare because they are fairly similar items.
Presented here in an effort to assist the consumer, is one burger-lover’s product comparison of the BK King burger from Burger King and the Big Mac burger from McDonald’s.
The BK King burger from Burger King and the Big Mac 7.6-ounce burger from McDonald’s appear to be pretty similar in size. Each burger contains two beef patties, one and a half sesame seed buns, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions.
The regular price charged for one BK King burger at Hartford, Connecticut area Burger King restaurants is approximately $3.69.
The regular price charged for one Big Mac burger at Hartford, Connecticut area McDonald’s restaurants is approximately $3.99.
Texture / Consistency
The first thing I noticed with the BK King burger was how its textures or mouth feel seemed different from the Big Mac.
Although both sandwiches contain two burgers, three pieces of bun, cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles and special sauce, the Big Mac seems moister overall to me.
Maybe the two BK King sandwiches I ate contained less lettuce and sauce than what is usually put on the sandwiches, but I definitely thought that the sandwiches could benefit from the addition of more sauce and lettuce.
The BK King burger from Burger King contains 510 calories per one sandwich serving. This tasty sandwich also contains 10 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram trans fat, 29 grams total fat, 780 mg of sodium, 65 mg of cholesterol, 38 grams total carbohydrates, 8 grams of sugars and 18 grams of protein per one sandwich serving.
The Big Mac sandwich from McDonald’s contains 550 calories per one sandwich serving. This tasty sandwich also contains 10 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram trans fat, 29 grams total fat, 780 mg of sodium, 75 mg of cholesterol, 46 grams total carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugars and 25 grams of protein per one sandwich serving.
Taste / Flavor
For many years I have enjoyed eating Big Mac sandwiches from McDonald’s restaurants. After the counterperson at Burger King said that the BK King burger was similar to McDonald’s Big Mac I thought I would enjoy eating the sandwich immensely. Enjoy it I did, just not immensely.
All of the flavors in a Big Mac come together in a taste amalgamation that is ideally balanced.
The various flavors in the BK King complement each other well but the cumulative effect is not as appealing as the Big Mac. It is close, though.
My tastebuds tell me that if the BK King contained shredded lettuce instead of lettuce pieces, it would taste better and possess a more pleasing mouth feel.
On a flavor scale of one through ten, I would assign the BK King sandwich a rating of 9.25, which is actually quite good.
On a flavor scale of one through ten, I would assign the Big Mac sandwich a rating of 10.
The BK King sandwich from Burger King is served in a standard-type paper sandwich wrapper.
The Big Mac sandwich from McDonald’s is served in a cardboard sandwich box.
It’s always difficult to unequivocally state that one food item is better than another similar item. Although I do like the Big Mac more than the BK King, I still do enjoying eating the BK King sandwich and will continue to do so. If the BK King sandwiches had more sauce and shredded lwttuce, like the Big Mac, I think their overall flavor would greatly improve.
At any rate, both the BK King burger from Burger King and the Big Mac burger from McDonald’s are recommended.
Personal experience with eating both sandwiches
McDonald’s and Burger King websites