With all of the commotion over Burger King’s new dollar burger, the Buck Double, I just had to try one. It is supposed to be bigger and better than the competitor, McDonald’s McDouble. For a dollar, it’s still a good deal if you’re hungry and don’t have a lot of money, but I was not impressed with the Buck Double.
Size. The bun of the Burger King Buck Double is larger than for the McDonald’s McDouble, and it has sesame seeds on top. The burgers appear to be slighter larger, both around and in thickness, but not by much. They also did not hang over the edge of the bun as in the picture on Burger King’s website.
Contents. There is the bun, 2 burgers, a slice of cheese, a few slices of pickle, ketchup and mustard. My Buck Double was too hot to eat when I received it, but at least the cheese was melted. The pickles were a bit thicker than I like, and for part of the sandwich it seems that is all I tasted. The ketchup and mustard were also applied thickly, dripping out of the bun, which I didn’t like one bit. This could be different depending on the workers.
The difference for McDonald’s McDouble is that the McDouble uses thinner pickles and has onions, which I like on the burger.
Nutrition. The Buck Double has twenty more calories than the smaller McDouble, three more grams of fat with two more saturated fat. There is alos twenty more mg. cholesterol in the Buck Double. Luckily, there is also two more grams of protein and less sodium.
The size difference between the two burgers doesn’t seem to account for the extra calories and fat. Since I am not on a sodium-restricted diet, the greater sodium content in the McDouble doesn’t concern me.
Texture and Taste. I was not impressed at all by the texture and taste of the burger patties on Burger King’s Buck Double. It really seemed these were not all beef patties, but a combination of beef with soy fillers. It reminded me of the beef and soy combination burgers you get from gas stations, such as Speedway, not like the other Burger King burgers. Burger King’s website states these are 100% all-beef patties.
Although the burger patties are smaller for the McDouble, I like the texture and taste a bit more than I do the Buck Double.
The Burger King Buck Double versus the McDonald’s McDouble. The bun on the McDouble seems a little firmer and thus more filling, even if it is a bit smaller. The cheese may not always be melted on the McDouble when I buy one freshly made, but at least the taste and texture of the burger patties are more of what I expect from a fast food burger. Also, I like the small bits of chopped onion McDonald’s uses on the McDouble. I much prefer a McDonald’s McDouble over a Burger King Buck Double.
Overall. The Burger King Buck Double is good enough and filling enough for a dollar. Even if I was hungry I might wait until I get home rather than buy another one. The pickles were too thick, and the taste and texture of the burger isn’t worth it to me. I was very disappointed. I give the Burger King Buck Double a rating of 2.5 out of 5.
Burger King; Menu & Nutrition, Buck Double
Burger King; Ingredients, see Page 2