Tuesday, February 17, 2009
TBG Eats: Burger Shots from Burger King
Current Weight: 168.0 lbs.
We don't have White Castle out here in California, so the whole "slider" concept is pretty much lost on me.
The West Coast version of "4:00 AM food" is hole-in-the-wall Mexican, not a sack of ten teeny burgers that couldn't possibly fill anyone up. Seriously, wouldn't one enormous bacon double cheeseburger be a better post-pub crawl call than "Burger McNuggets"? Gotta be an East Coast thing – along with foldable pizza, food from street vendors and the inexplicable geographic pride you locals take in foldable pizza and food from street vendors.
Thankfully, the good people at Burger King have no shame and willfully spit in the eye of New Yorkers and Chicagoans with the introduction of "Burger Shots".
Sold in two-packs (Tupac!) and six-packs (like beer…or this guy!), BK's Burger Shots are topped with a spittle of mustard n' ketchup and then a single slice of pickle. A sliver…a sliver of cheese is extra.
Every other Burger Shots review says the same thing: if you've had one BK burger, you're not eating anything innovative here. True, but I would add:
(1) Mustard on a hamburger is just…wrong, somehow. I didn't always feel this way and I'm not sure when my light-skinned azz became ironically averse to the color yellow, but there ya go. If I'd known, I'd have had 'em hold it.
(2) I've eaten the frozen and deep fried (frozen) version of White Castles and while I freely concede that they ain't the originals, I'm pretty sure it's the finely diced onions that elicit most of the cholesterol-laden love. Too much to ask, BK? Probably…but, since I'm not really a pickle guy, either…
(3) Not to belabor the point, but a Whopper Jr. is $1.00 (without cheese). A Makaveli of Burger Shots sin queso is $1.39. The Whopper Jr. with a side of Dollar Menu onion rings (and ring sauce) is arguably the best fast food bang-for-your buck deal in America today. On certain days, I might be convinced to endorse the inexpensive awesome that is Taco Bell's Beef & Potato Burrito and a side of Triple Layer Nachos, but the point is…wait, I forgot. Oh, yeah, the point is there are better dollar-stretching options than Burger Shots.
Not something I'd order again.
Grade: 2 (out of 5)