By Mike Thayer
I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food. Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.
Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors. People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds. And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.
Today I was in a burger mood and went with DQ's KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger for lunch. Here's the description from their website: DQ’s 100% all beef patty topped with melted American cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, pickles, onions, and a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce on a toasted light and airy bun.
It sounded so good I upgraded and made the sandwich a double. Yes, I was hungry!
So, "How was it?" you ask.....
It looks great unwrapped, does it not? That 'toasted, light and airy bun'.... those beef patties breaking the edge and dripping with sauce, some melted cheese peeking out the side..... It's almost food porn....
That's where the excitement ended. Nice bun, but let me cut to the chase, while the burger to bun ratio was good, the patties were dry, the sauce was run-of-the-mill ordinary, more sweet than twang and when a cheeseburger is upgraded to a double, why isn't a second piece of cheese included? It's called a "Double Cheeseburger," right? The portion of bacon was less-than-generous. I'm sad to report that the pickle and onion saved this burger. That's NOT a good thing. About that sauce, yes, a KC style BBQ sauce tends to run on the sweeter side of BBQ sauces, but this sauce just doesn't do the burger justice and did I mention the beef patties were dry and there wasn't enough bacon? And why not a slice a cheddar cheese to go with that slice of American? Cheddar and BBQ is a classic flavor pairing and would really help this sandwich, jus' say'n. This was a buyer's remorse lunch time purchase. I had such high hopes. I paid $8.26 for the combo meal, the sandwich, fries and a medium drink. The DQ KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's not a repeat buy.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....