Sonic's SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger outperforms competition in national fast food burger taste test
By Mike Thayer
I've been traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'm on a mission to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough). For the burger criteria, click here.
For the third day in a row, I ordered from a fast food joint for a Burger Challenge lunch, ordering from Sonic, one of the last remaining fast food joints to review on my Burger Challenge list. For those of you still wondering why I included fast food in this Challenge... Not only will I be able to tell you who makes the best burger in Wichita - the top of the leader board is loaded with locals - but I'll be able to tell you who makes the best burger in the national fast food scene. I know what you're thinking, you already know your favorite... But is that favorite based on a true trial and error experience, or did you stop checking out places when you found something decent and/or it wasn't convenient to go elsewhere?
For my first meal of the day I ordered, yes, you guessed it, the Sonic "SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger," along with a side of tater tots and a Cherry Limeade to wash it all down with. C'mon, you can't go to Sonic for a meal and NOT get a Cherry Limeade... I must admit, when it comes to fast food and a quick meal, I am a fan of Sonic. They've got a lot of variety on their menu, they've always got a special going on and they're reasonably priced.
Sonic puts together their Bacon Double Cheeseburger in a fairly typical classic preparation, here's the description from the company website: We start with two quarter-pound, 100% pure beef hamburgers, two melty slices of American cheese, lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, creamy mayo, and top it all off with crispy bacon.
That's a half pound of flat top cooked beef and not just one but two slices of American cheese. I took that first bite which was a tasty one. This was a well executed fast food burger, everything was pretty much on point from the crust on the beef patties to the toast on the bun. The beef was perfectly seasoned, the bacon was perfectly crisp and had good coverage providing bacon in each bite. The creamy American cheese had a nice melt. The veggies provided a fresh balance to the meat and the amount of mayo was nicely applied, not too much, not too little. As Goldilocks might say, it was "just right." I did miss not having pickle though, this burger could have used a bit of tart. Sure, I could have ordered the add on, but for the purpose of this challenge, I'm ordering the restaurant's "default" offering whenever possible.
Side Note: The Tater Tots were a bit under cooked. They were seasoned well enough, but could have used another minute in the fryer. The Cherry Limeade, as usual, was refreshing.
Costing me $11.06 for the combo meal, Sonic's "SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger" scored 54 out of a possible 63 points, earning 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, timely and tasty, this burger in my humble opinion outperforms the national chain fast food competition and is worthy of a fast food repeat buy.
The Sonic chosen for this review is located at 7702 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67207. The final results and detailed scoring of this Burger Challenge will be released soon, with Sonic beating out the likes of Hardee's, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Burger King and others.
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Related: Other burger joints reviewed so far
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