Lately it seems as though smaller is more fashionable in the fast food world. Last month I posted some brief observations on the mini burger craze. While places like White Castle and Krystal have specialized in mini burgers for years, the mainstream haven’t caught on until now. Burger King looks to hop on the bandwagon with their new BK Burger Shots.
The BK Burger Shots come in sizes of 2 for $1.39 or a 6 pack for $4.09. While I’m a big fan of the Burger King Whopper Jr., I’ve never been wowed with their standard hamburger. That feeling has translated into my impressions of the new Burger Shots. The concept is as simple as you’d expect, it’s the BK standard hamburger shrunken down. When you open the box you’ll see that all the mini burgers are attached to one another. I figure the reason for this is to ease the cooking of the burger and baking the bread. So right off the bat you have to start tearing each burger from it’s attached state. Burger King provides a nifty diagram on the box if the concept is difficult to grasp (give us some credit BK). The burger is your typical flame-broiled beef patty topped with ketchup, mustard and pickles. The novelty of the burgers being mini wore off within a few seconds for me. Sure the flame-broiled patty is tasty, not too greasy and satisfying but it’s way too plain and simple to be worth getting again and again. Towards the conclusion of my meal, I ended up making mini Rodeo burgers (BBQ sauce and onion rings). I think Burger King should’ve used a different bread to mix things up. Jack in the Box uses a specialty bread for their new Mini Sirloin Burgers and that’s a nice touch.
It’s true that mini burgers at BK appeared over 20 years ago; they came and went. I think the fate of the BK Burger Shots will meet the same fate as those 1987 “Burger Bundles”. They will pique interest for a couple of months and then fade away to make room for another burger idea. These Burger Shots really offer nothing new except for being a smaller size. I have yet to try the BK Breakfast Shots so I hold some hope for something greater.
- Pros– Good value. Tastes good not great. Packaging may be big but it does the trick. Fun for kids.
- Cons– Very plain. Bread could be better, a little dry. Need to tear burgers apart may make a mess of things. There are better, tastier options around the same price…($0.99 Whopper Jr.)
Grubbing on the Go: 8.25/10
GrubGrade: 7.00/10 (Decent)
(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)
Price: $1.39 (2) $4.09 (6)
Nutrition Facts – BK Burger Shots (for 2)
Calories – 220
Total Fat – 11 grams
Saturated Fat – 4.5 grams
Trans Fat – 0.5 grams
Cholesterol – 35 milligrams
Sodium – 420 milligrams
Carbs – 18 grams
Dietary Fiber – 1 gram
Total Sugar – 4 grams
Protein – 14 grams